Delhi government offers support to Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson


Delhi government on Saturday extended support to Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Kanubhai Ramdas Gandhi, after a report in The Hindu said that octogenarian was living with his wife in a home for the destitute in Delhi’s Badarpur area.

Delhi’s SC/ST Welfare and Women and Child Welfare Minister Sandeep Kumar visited the 87-year old and his wife Dr Shiva Lakshmi Gandhi at the Guru Vishram Vridh Ashram.

“It was quite a heart touching moment to meet Kanubhai. I told them that the Delhi government is ready to extend any kind of help to the couple,” the minister was quoted by the paper.

Dr G.P. Bhagat, founder of the old-age home, said, “Kanubhai did not ask for anything specific. He just took the Minister’s number and said he would call him if he needs help. But he repeatedly asked Mr. Kumar to keep visiting. Actually, he likes meeting people, it makes him feel loved.”

Tushar Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi great grandson, too took to Twitter extending offer of free accommodation in Gujarat.

He wrote, “In case of my uncle Kanu Gandhi. Sabarmati Ashram and Gujarat Vidyapeeth have hosted them & have offered permanent free accommodation.”

In his following tweet, Gandhi wrote, “Hundreds of destitute abandoned elders live in old age homes. So what if Ba and Bapu’s grandson too lives in one?”