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Aamir Khan signs away his jacket

Rahul Bose’s NGO, The Foundation, will auction off 16 iconic memorabilia items donated by 16 legendary Indians.

The auction, on February 22, will see actress and social activist Shabana Azmi’s gold medal for best student in acting, which she won at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in 1973, Abhinav Bindra’s Beijing Olympics gold-medal-winning rifle and actor Aamir Khan’s autographed bundi (jacket) from his film Lagaan among the lots.

“The founding idea of free India was that ours would be a country where every citizen mattered, every Indian would be cherished by the state regardless of class, caste or religion. It is this idea that these 16 Indians have actively upheld all their lives,” said Bose in a statement.

“We are also extremely happy to have Standard Chartered bank on board with us as partners. Standard Chartered had an enviable history of philanthropy long before it became fashionable for corporations to be philanthropic. Our gratitude and a warm welcome to them to The Idea of India!,” he added.

The chief guest at the press conference to announce the initiative was Ustad Zakir Hussain, who will donate a set of tablas (percussion instruments).

Bose’s foundation, which he started in 2006, travels to underserved Indian regions such as the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Manipur, and offers 15-year scholarships to six children from each region starting from grade six until employability.