Panel to examine Gandhi memorabilia coming up for auctions
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 10, 2009, 00:23
New Delhi: In a bid to preserve memorabilia of Mahatma Gandhi from going under the hammer, the government has set up a committee to examine articles like his works and manuscripts coming up for auctions and to suggest action to be taken in such cases.

The committee comprising eminent Gandhians and representatives of Gandhian institutions has been constituted in the Ministry of Culture to keep a tab on Gandhi's belongings coming up for auction, Minister of State for Planning and Parliamentary Affairs V Narayanasamy said today.

"The committee will examine the works, letters and manuscripts of Mahatma Gandhi coming up for auctions and also recommend the course of action to be adopted in case of auction of such articles," he told the Lok Sabha in response to a question.

Some rare personal belongings of Gandhi like his iconic round glasses and pocket watch went under the hammer in New York early this year, much to the dismay of people back home.

In response to a question on how the government was planning to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary year of Rabindranath Tagore, Narayanasamy said many requests had been received from various organisations and individuals, and the government is considering setting up of a committee in this regard.

"The constitution of a national committee to consider or suggest various commemorative programmes and activities is under consideration of the government," he said, adding the festivities would commence on May 11, 2011, at national level.


First Published: Thursday, December 10, 2009, 00:23

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