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Gandhi's letter to be presented to Patil during her UK visit

world Updated: Oct 23, 2009 14:36 IST

Some of the rare letters, postcards and articles signed and autographed by Mahatma Gandhi, will be formally presented to President Pratibha Patil when she arrives here next week on a three-day state visit.

Leading NRI entrepreneurs Sir Gulam K Noon and Professor Nat Puri, who had bought these articles in an auction here in July will hand over them to Patil at a function in India House here next Wednesday.

The rare articles comprise three letters written by Gandhi to Maulana Abdul Bari, an islamic scholar and a leading figure in the Khilafat movement. The letters are written in Urdu.

The letters referred to the Hindu-Muslim relations, including communal tension in Lucknow, and to the personal friendship of the Mahatma and the Maulana.

In one of the letters written from prison, Gandhi thanked Bari for the gift of cotton for spinning. Bari (1878-1926) worked closely with Gandhi from 1918 onwards.

President Patil, who arrives in London on Monday, will be accorded a ceremonial red carpet welcome at the Windsor Castle on Tuesday morning when her three-day state visit commences.

This is the first time an Indian President is visiting UK in nearly two decades. She will be guest of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.