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Gandhi’s Belongings Auctioned for Millions

Where: New York, USA March 6, 2009 : Indian industrialist Vijay Mallya bought Gandhi's belongings at a New York auction for $1.8 million (Rs 9 crore). The trademark wire frame spectacles, pocket watch, brass bowl and plate set and a pair of leather sandals had belonged to Mahatma Gandhi, India's most revered national leader. They were owned by American...

The Law versus the Dhoti

February 26: It took a 25-page judgement by a judge of the Rajasthan High Court, in the state capital Jaipur, for the dhoti's fortunes to rise. The traditional lower garment worn by men in India, can now be worn by practising lawyers to court. It all started with lawyer Ved Pal Shastri coming to court one day, wearing a dhoti,...

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