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Gandhi's glasses on auction, Indians call it an insult

Gandhi's glasses on auction, Indians call it an insult

Indians consider the Mahatam's items as a national heritage.

New Delhi: Mahatma Gandhi's glasses along with some of his other possessions will go under the hammer in New York on March, 4-5, 2009.

While the government tries to prevent the auction of these valuables our correspondent CNN-IBN asked the people whether we as a nation are obsessed only about keeping Gandhi in the museum.

Reports say that the government plans to make a formal request for the items to be returned to India, citing national honour and heritage. If that doesn't work out, the government hopes that an organisation or the NRIs will buy the items and gift them to India so that they can be placed in a museum.

In 2007, the government managed to get Christie's to withdraw Gandhiji’s letters from an auction. These items- to be auctioned next week, will cost about US $20-30,000 US dollars.

“Any object associated with the Mahatma, the father of the Nation is our national heritage naturally. If that is auctioned it is not only an insult, it is also intolerable. We request US President Barack Obama to please honour our sentiments," said a staunch Gandhian.

"We oppose this vehemently. The item belongs to the nation," added another.

first published:March 02, 2009, 01:35 IST