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
"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.