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Hallmarked English, Continental & Indian Silver II Hallmarked English, Continental & Indian Silver II A HALLMARKED SILVER INKSTAND
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A HALLMARKED SILVER INKSTAND, Birmingham,1942, raised on a wooden pedestal with two sloping square ink wells, with hinged lids, inscribed on a silver plate “To The Rt Hon V. S. Srinivasa Sastri P. C, From The Young Man’s Vedic Society, Durban, Natal, 21 – 8 – 27”.
V. S. SRINIVASA SASTRI (1869 – 1946):
Valangaiman Sankaranarayana Srinivasa Sastri was an Indian politician, administrator, educator, orator and Indian independence activist. He was acclaimed for his oratory and command over the English language. Srinivasa Sastri was born to a poor temple priest in the village of Valangaiman near Kumbakonam, India. He completed his education at Kumbakonam and worked as a school teacher and later as headmaster in Triplicane, Madras. He entered politics in 1905 when he joined the Servants of India Society. Srinivasa Sastri served as a member of the Indian National Congress from 1908 to 1922, but later resigned in protest against the Non-Cooperation movement. Sastri was one of the founding members of the Indian Liberal Party. In his later days Srinivasa Sastri was strongly opposed to the partition of India.
Srinivasa Sastri served as a member of the Madras Legislative Council from 1913 to 1916, Imperial Legislative Council of India from 1916 to 1919 and the Council of States from 1920 to 1925. Sastri also functioned as India's delegate to the League of Nations, as member of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom and agent to the Republic of South Africa.
He gained worldwide fame for his prowess in the English language. Sastri was a close follower of Gopal Krishna Gokhale. He was also a close friend and associate of Mahatma Gandhi who addressed Sastri as his "elder brother" in writings. Sastri was made a ‘Companion of Honour’ in 1930. In 1921, the Freedom of the City of London was conferred on Srinivasa Sastri followed by the Freedom of the City of Edinburgh in 1931.