A pair of gold-plated spectacles believed to have been worn by Mahatma Gandhi and presented as a gift in the 1900s have attracted mega bids since they went on the online auction circuit, hitting a whopping £50,000 and far surpassing the initial estimate of £15,000.
It was in October 2019 that the UK’s Royal Mint was tasked with exploring how Mahatma Gandhi can be honoured with a commemorative coin to mark his 150th birth anniversary year. And, that mission has once again hit the headlines as a new campaign to promote more ethnic minority figures on British coinage received the backing of UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak.
Indian diaspora groups have come together to launch a fightback against attempts to try and remove a statue of Mahatma Gandhi from the Golden Mile in Leicester.
“It is a pity and a shame that the Gandhi statue in Parliament Square is to be covered up ahead of the Black Lives Matter rally,” said Lord Meghnad Desai, well-known British Indian economist and House of Lords peer.