Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on Sunday to Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Kanubhai Gandhi, who is living in an old age home in Delhi with his wife.
Culture minister Mahesh Sharma too meet Kanubhai and spent about 45 minutes with him at Guru Vishram Vridh Ashram at Gautampuri in South Delhi.
Modi directed the authorities to ensure that the couple has a comfortable stay.
“PM has taken note of reports about Shri Kanubhai Gandhi. He asked Minister Mahesh Sharma to meet Kanubhai,” the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) tweeted.
“PM and Kanubhai had a long conversation. They spoke in Gujarati and had a very pleasant discussion,” another tweet said.
Later, Kanubhai said that he was an old follower of Modi. At that time (Congress president) Sonia Gandhi was against both of us, he said.
After over four decades of stay in the United States, Kanubhai,87, and his 85-year-old wife Shiva Lakshmi Gandhi returned to India in 2014 and spent about a year and a half in various ashrams in Gujarat before moving to Delhi.
Kanubhai, the eldest son of Mahatma Gandhi’s third son Ramdas, left India at the age of 17 and studied at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology and later worked at NASA’s Langley Research Centre. His wife holds a doctorate in biochemistry.
“Bapu always wanted me to serve people. He wanted me to take pain of all the people and spread happiness,” Kanubhai told ANI.
Ever since the news about the presence of Gandhi’s grandson at the ashram spread, the press and curious visitors have flocked the otherwise largely ignored institution.
Delhi’s SC/ST welfare and women and child welfare minister Sandeep Kumar visited Kanubhai and his wife on Saturday.