Kanpur: Noted Gandhian writer and Padmashree
awardee Giriraj Kishore, who had written to Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh seeking a stop to auction of soil and other
stuff stained with Mahatma Gandhi`s blood in United Kingdom,
has expressed anguish over not getting any response from him.
The upset Gandhian, who had written to the PM on April
10, has now approached the President, seeking her intervention
into the issue.
In his letter to President Pratibha Patil, Kishore has
threatened to return his Padmashree if steps were not
initiated immediately in this regard.
"I was forced to approach the President after not getting
any reply from the PM in the past 10 days. I have requested
her to take my Padmashree award back if the government fails
to stop auction of things related to Gandhiji," Kishore said.
He also vowed to start a `satyagraha` to press for his
The Gandhian was conferred with Padma Shree in 2007 for
his notable work in the field of literature and education. He
had chronicled Gandhiji`s struggles in South Africa in his
book `Pahla Girmitiya (The First Indentured Labour)`.