Auction of Mahatma Gandhi‘s belongings had created a huge roar in India. Gandhi’s trademark wire-rimmed glasses, a pocket watch and a metal bowl, worn leather sandals and plate were the belongings of Mahatma Gandhi that were collected and owned by California based James Otis.
The Indian Tycoon, Vijay Mallya who is chief of UB Group who runs Kingfisher Airlines and United Breweries that owns Kingfisher beer bought Gandhi belongings for $1.8 million on Thursday. Mallya plans to donate the same to his country India for the display of his fellow Indians.
Government of India had protested this auction earlier. But still belonging items were sold by Antiquorum Auctioneers to Mallya. In a way, items have come back to home only, no matter Mallya had to pay a huge amount for the same. This is real patriotism, isn’t it?
Mahatma Gandhi being the father of nation, his belongings were considered as the heritage items. Hence Government of India also had announced their bid for the items, which was expected to be $300,000. But the son of motherland India, Vijay Mallya showed his true spirit as an Indian, and brought Gandhi Bapu back home.
It is said that the plate and bowl which were included in this auction were used by Mahatma Gandhi for his last meal.This makes a great sense for every Indian, for the man they followed with their life, and who helped India receive her freedom.
His nonviolent resistance was the key that forced English rulers to remove their presence from India, giving her the freedom she deserved.
A sigh of relief is to be felt now by every Indian as the Gandhi belongings are coming back home. And as Mallya has announced his desire to donate the same to India for the display for everybody, his generosity has been reflected in a very memorable way. Government of India should really honor Mallya for his patriotism act.
Welcome back home, Bapu!