A fervent admirer of Gandhi, the peace activist, James Otis has not recovered from the controversy created around the auction of objects of Mahatma by the house Antiquorum Auctioneers in New York March 5, 2009.
Consumed by guilt, he first public apology to the people of India in New Delhi, before starting a hunger strike of thirty days in March 2009 for having hurt the feelings of "good people" of India, reports the Times of India.
James Otis announced that money from the auction (1.8 million) would be paid to charity.
These objects are metallic glasses of Gandhi, her strappy leather sandals, his silver pocket watch, his bowl and his plate of copper purchased $ 1.8 million (1.43 million) by billionaire Vijay Mallya, CEO of United Breweries Group and Kingfisher Airlines the airline when they were initially estimated at 20,000 and 30,000 dollars.
New Delhi, which considers that these objects are part of Indian heritage, had protested vehemently against the sale and the announcement raised an outcry in the country.
"I am very pleased that these objects back in India," said Robert Maron, president of the auction house Antiquorum auction houses.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the architect of the civil disobedience movement that led to the bloody Partition of British India and the independence of India and Pakistan on 14 and 15 August 1947. Born October 2, 1869, he was assassinated in Delhi on 30 January 1948.