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Gandhi-Kallenbach archives to come home

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Government of India acquires the Gandhi–Kallenbach archives.


The Union Minister of Culture and HUPA Miss Selja has informed that an agreement had been signed to acquire the Gandhi Kallanbach Archives, which have now been withdrawn from the proposed Sotheby’s auction. She said that the acquired material would be housed in the National Archives of India (NAI). Agreement was finalised in consultation with the Ministry of External Affairs and National Archives of India and signed by Government of India, Sotheby’s and the Sarid family.

The historical importance of the papers was brought to light by Prof. Ramachandra Guha and Prof. Sunil Khilnani.

A five member Committee, led by Prof. Mushirul Hasan, Director General, National Archives, was earlier deputed to Sotheby’s, London to examine the archival material for authenticity and historical value. The Committee had recommended that in view of the historical importance of the material, the entire archive may be acquired as a matter of highest priority.

The Gandhi-Kallenbach papers were in the possession of Dr. (Ms.) Isa Sarid, the grandniece of Hermann Kallenbach. The Sarid family initially quoted USD 5 million for the archives but settled at USD 1.28 million.

 

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