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The man who bought Bapu manuscripts

india Updated: Oct 03, 2007 02:44 IST
Vijay Dutt
Vijay Dutt
Hindustan Times
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The manuscripts of Mahatma Gandhi, auctioned earlier this year at Sotheby’s, London, were bought by a man called Tom Tar Singh, it emerged on Tuesday.

Until now, the buyer’s identity was not revealed. Singh, an OBE, has donated the handwritten manuscripts dating from 1920s -’40s, to the Indian government, the Indian High Commission announced.

The manuscripts include a draft for a series of articles for Young India. There is also hand-written correspondence between Gandhi and others such as Badrul Hasan (about Gandhi’s campaigns) and Dr Jafar Hasan (about the Urdu and Hindi languages).

Singh said Gandhian values have inspired generations of Indians including his grandfather, Shri Pakhar Singh.“My grandfather lived his life following Gandhian principles. These are also an inspiration to me and I believe there is scope to apply them more widely in India today.”

The donation will be officially unveiled at a ceremony held in India later this year.

Earlier this year, the ICCR bought another set of Gandhi’s manuscripts for around £19,000, before they went under the hammer in Christie’s.