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Ms. Patil, accept Mr. Kishore's return of Padmashree Award and take action – before it's too late!
“Gandhi's belongings are going to be auctioned. This is not right. I request the President and the Prime Minister to stop the auction, and bring back the belongings to the country,” Mr. Hazare told journalists in his hometown Ralegan on Monday.
Another aspect is quite a delicate one: Provided the provenance of the auctioned grass bunch is waterproof, the blood drops can be used to ascertain Gandhiji's DNA which will be quite important in the future as there are still his fingernails, hair, bonepieces, a tooth and ashes around which have been used or may be used in future exhibitions, and may also be auctioned sometime. Without knowing Gandhiji's DNA it is impossible to proof the authenticity of these things, no matter what interests are involved.
So, Ms. Prathiba Patil is well-advised to accept the return of the award by Mr. Kishore, as there's no way to stop this auction, and set up a title for the acquisition of artifacts on and by Gandhiji and India's independence movement. As these items are just beginning to pop-up it is perhaps the last chance to buy them for comparatively reasonable rates. Just imagine the market rates for letters, dhotis, sandals, dishes etc. of Gandhiji in 100 years from now … or after the wealthy Chinese or Google enter the market and start buying them!
Such a title would be peanuts in the budget of the Indian Government but it would help tremendously to preserve the legacy of the man India is – rightly - so proud about, and is identified with, the world over – forever!
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