‘They made an offer I can't disclose, because I don't want to embarrass them:He stated that his intention was not, however, to cause a dispute and that he merely wanted the Indian government to undertake positive action to improve the welfare of the Indian population in return for the objects, to do ‘something positive for the Indian people'.
it's that low’.
‘The point was never to cause anger to India or Indians or anyone over thisEarlier yesterday, Ambika Soni, India's culture minister, also reportedly told the Press Trust of India that the foreign ministry would ask the US State Department to prevent the sale.
auction. We all want the same thing: to support, to promote Gandhi's works […]
Nothing would make me happier if the Indian government made a generous offer to
help its poor. I would donate these items immediately’.
‘The Ministry of External Affairs is going to take up with the US State
Department the issue with the aim of stalling the auction […] Whatever is
required to bring back those items will be done’.