'Ready to give Bapu's items back to India'

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Bapu's glasses
New Delhi, Feb 28: I am ready to give Mahatma Gandhi's Memorabilia back to India, said James Otis, the collector of Bapu's iconic round glasses, pocket watch and sandals. They were set to be auctioned off next month in New York.

Even Indian govt approached the owners directly and ask them not to sell them but hand them over to India instead. Through the auction I was just hoping to spread Gandhi's message of peace to the world, Otis asserted.

"I decided to put up items for auction as it is important to keep Gandhi relevant in todays world. Being a supporter of Gandhi I wanted to get his belongings into public light. My hope is that someone can get them into a travelling museum that will go to many different countries and cities around the world to share Gandhi's wisdom," Otis said in a telephonic conversation with Times now.

Otis is expecting a right dialogue from the Indian govt regarding this. Gandhi had given the spectacles to an army colonel H A Shiri Diwan Nawab in 1930.

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