I am in Boston ,U.S.A. for the past several months. I did not know the recent developments in Mumbai. Today, I came to know that Mehrangir, Dr. Homi Bhabha’s home was demolished by those who bought it at an auction two years ago. I feel deeply grieved over the fact that we could not retain Homi’s legacy.
Here is the link to the article by Ms Pallavi Prasad in the quint
I considered it as a sacrilegious event, though legally defendable. The purchaser can certainly do whatever they want . It is their property.Prior to the auction, some well-known persons engaged themselves in a willful disinformation campaign. Some of them even argued that Homi Bhabha never lived there.
NCPA who owned the property and other memorabilia attached to Dr. Bhabha munificently gifted his collection of letters to the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. Access to them helped us to show that Bhabha lived in Mehrangir until his death. NCPA’s auction document vividly showed that Mehrangir is indeed a heritage building.
I wrote many articles in leading publications and for news agencies pleading to retain Mehrangir.It included The Deccan Herald, rediffmail.com, PTI and IANS etc. You may, if you so desire, access the article published in Rediffmail.com at the following link:
We would like to forget the whole episode as a bad dream.It will be very difficult for many of us who knew what Dr. Bhabha did and achieved for the nation to forget the sad developments.