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Ironically, liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya — whose life as the self-styled "king of good times" is about as far from the one the Mahatma advised as it gets — interceded to purchase Gandhi's spectacles and sandals to prevent them from being sold at auction. Now, they'll be returned to India where they can be displayed in a museum.
Turns out, though, that it's not a one-off.
According to a report in an Indian newspaper, the man who famously disavowed material goods has caused a lot of trouble with the stuff he left behind over the years, and there's a good chance that it's not over yet.
The paper reports:
"It is only when someone makes a claim of possessing Gandhiji’s belongings and threatens to auction them that we come to know about their existence. It is quite possible that some of his belongings, original manuscripts of his letters and writings and other artefacts are being held by someone somewhere in the world and may come up with the idea of auctioning them,” said Jitendra Desai, the managing trustee of the Ahmedabad-based Navjivan Trust, set up by the Mahatma in 1929.
It is only through Gandhi’s will prepared on February 20, 1940, that the Navjivan Trust can stake claim to the Father of the Nation’s personal belongings. In his will Gandhi said he did not believe that he had any property, but “anything which by social convention or in law is considered mine, anything movable or immovable, books, articles etc. I endow to the Navjivan Institution whom I hereby declare as my heirs.”
He did not mention booze barons. Or weird guys with bad haircuts.