The developments struck a nerve for those in the south Asian nation.
@apnerve (Mumbai, India): those artifacts should not be sold in view of national honour and public sentiment. India is taking good steps.
@sumeet (Karwar, India): StopGANDHI items' auction in NY:Ind #news
Some twitterers poked fun at the news, while others were also disturbed.
@RaulJPena (Lawrenceville, Ga.): India called. They want Gandhi's glasses back lol
@neekomac (Hawaii): whoaaa. Ghandi's glasses are up for auction!? I want that!
@rapunzels_tears: Gandhi's glasses, pocketwatch, sandals, bowl, and plate should not be up for auction. I hope-but doubt-that the money goes to charity
For more on this story, an article in the Washington Post also describes Indians' reactions to the auction.