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President Patil receives Gandhi’s memorabilia

(Left) Sir Gulam K Noon presents the Gandhi memorablia to President Prathiba Patil on Wednesday at India House, London. (NP)
Aochuba Yaden London, Oct 28 (NPN):
Published on 29 Oct. 2009 12:23 AM IST
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A rare collection of Mahatma Gandhi’s memorabilia, including a bunch of letters and a piece of Khadi, woven and signed by Mahatma Gandhi were received by President Pratibha Patil on Wednesday at a solemn function at the India House, London donated by two prominent NRIs Sir Gulam K Noon and Nathu Puri. These items were acquired jointly by the two NRIs for 17500 Pounds (around Rs 14,24,000) in July this year at Sotheby’s. Noon is founder of Noon products and is popularly knows as Britain’s curry king and Puri is founder of Purico Group. This the third time that both NRIs have acquired Gandhi’s memorabilia in past 20 years and handed over to India. The letters were written in 1920s by Mahatma Gandhi to prominent khilafat movement leader- Maulana Abdul Bari-urging Hindu -Muslim amity amid communal tensions in Lucknow and an appeal to continue the dialogue with the Ali brothers. In another letter in August 1945 written by Gandhi from his Wardha Ashram to Lucknow based Hamid Mir –Gandhi asked him to seek advice from Jawaharlal Nehru on several matters. The piece of Khadi received by the President is signed by Mahatma Gandhi, Sarojini Naidu, Mira and Pyrelal. The hand woven white cotton piece with simple purple border, was a gift from Gandhi to South African born actress Moira Lister, a friend of the late Maharani of Jaipur, Gyatri Devi. These letters bore a postage stamp of nine Paise. It also carried some telegrams sent by Gandhi on 19 Sept 1921. A host of dignitaries from Indian and British community was present at Indian High Commission to watch the ceremony.

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