Indian-American hotelier plans Gandhi bid

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Indian-American hotelier plans Gandhi bid

Indian-American hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal said Wednesday he plans to bid on several belongings of Mahatma Gandhi scheduled for auction in New York Thursday, with the goal of returning them to India.

"The idea is to get them back as a community and donate [them] to India," Chatwal told CNN, adding that he would welcome other members of the Indian community in the United States to join him in his auction effort.

Chatwal said if he obtains the items, he plans to give them to the museum where some of Gandhi's items are kept. Given Gandhi's importance to India, Chatwal said he doesn't want just anyone to get the items.
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I think at any cost we must get these belongings of our nations Father back to our country & preserve it here in our soil. Hope our govt. will do their best to get 'em home; what do you guys think?
 

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Auctioneer claims he has Gandhi's blood

New Delhi: The US-based owner of Mahatma Gandhi's memorabilia going under the hammer has for the first time said that he also has a sample of Gandhi's ashes and blood collected from the site of the assassination.

James Otis, who gave Antiquorum auctioneers Gandhi's iconic watch, glasses, a plate, a bowl and a pair sandals for auction, said he had also added a blood report of Gandhi from Irwin hospital in Delhi and a signed telegram he had sent to students congratulating them on their peaceful struggle.

The auctioneers had fixed the reserve price of the articles between USD 20,000 and 30,000 but unconfirmed reports say it might be raised when the items are auctioned. Analysts say the ongoing media hype could sent the auction price sky rocketing. Should no deal be reached, the Indian government's repeated statements on its determination to acquire the items could give a major boost to the price.

It is uncertain as yet whether government would direct bid or try to acquire items through some Indian Americans or their organizations if the auction does take place. However, some of the Indian Americans suggest that the second course would be better to keep the bids in check.

The auctioneers have not yet made clear whether they would allow the media to watch the auction at which bids can be made in the room, online or telephone. But those intending to bid have to register before hand. The online bidding access is given only to those who are registered as such.
 

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All efforts on to get Gandhi items back: Govt (Read Complete article here)

NEW DELHI: With the scheduled auction of Mahatma Gandhi’s items in New York just hours away, the government on Thursday said it is making all
efforts to get the items back, TV reports say.

“PM called me up personally to say that we must ensure that Bapu’s items are brought back in the country,” Times Now quoted Congress leader Ambika Soni as saying.

“Government is looking at all options on this issue,” Soni said.

Earlier, amid last-ditch efforts by the India government to prevent the auction, the US-based owner of Mahatma Gandhi's memorabilia for the first time said that he also has a sample of Gandhi's ashes and blood collected from the site of the assassination.
 

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