Auction off, Gandhi letter coming home
The government is bringing Mahatma Gandhi’s rare manuscript, which he wrote a fortnight before his assassination, back home.
“There is no need to worry about this great manuscript. It will be available to the country,” External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday. He said his ministry had decided to bring the document back and “we have talked to the person concerned”.
The manuscript a handwritten article in which the Mahatma pleads for tolerance towards Muslims was slated to go under the hammer in London on Monday.
But its auction by London-based Christie’s was aborted following negotiations by the Indian mission. The letter was estimated to be sold for at least £12,000.