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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, May 31, 2013

Gandhi’s Final Will Missing


As I have previously discussed, Gandhi’s “last” will and testament, handwritten and signed in 1921, was recently auctioned off in England.  But experts say Gandhi made up to four wills, the final one being handwritten and signed in 1940. 

The original 1940 will entrusted to the Navajivan Trust can not be located, but a true copy of the typed text is available in the Trust’s records.  A trustee of the Navajivan Trust said the original may have been left at the courthouse when probated or it may be lost in the Trust’s vast records.

Gandhi named his personal secretary, Mahadev Desai, and a Navajivan trustee as executors of his two-page will.

See Jumana Shah, Where’s Mahatma Gandhi’s Final Will?, DNA India, May 26, 2013.


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