NEW YORK: After a high drama, Mahatma Gandhi’s personal items, including the iconic langot, finally went under the hammer and were bought for $10 million by Indian businessman Vijay Mallya. The prized memorabilia of the Father of Nation is expected to return to the country soon as the auctioneers will handover the articles to Mallya within two weeks.
Gandhi’s langot is object of national pride
Mallya planned to donate them to his country. “I am sure all Indians will be pleased that these Gandhi items will be coming home. This is the langot Bapu wore on his Dandi March. In fact, it’s so authentic it has not even been washed since.”
After deciding not to sell the precious langot earlier, owner Dick Johnson decided to sell it after getting the Indian government to promise that they will work on eradicating world hunger and poverty and also resolve the Kashmir issue with Pakistan and reduce corruption in government.
Mallya was extremely happy on his achievement. “This is an object of immense national pride and joy. We are also looking to buy Gandhiji’s lota to add to our collection.”