In a new book on LM Singhvi, it has been revealed that Princess Diana in 1997 has expressed her desire to help a small number of AIDS patients in Kolkata after Mother Teresa talked about it.
The book is titled “The Journey of a Wise Man: LM Singhvi”, a pictorial biography of India’s longest-serving high commissioner to the UK, by Abhishek Singhvi. The book brings to limelight many unknown and interesting facts. It has been released by Palimpsest.
LM Singhvi has a close friendship with Princess Diana and her husband Prince Charles. The book has rare photographs and documents of historical importance. There is a picture in the book showing first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru at a spiritual session with a Jain Muni in 1962.
Princess Diana wrote to Mr. Singhvi in a letter dated May 1, 1997, “I read with great interest of your visit to Mother Teresa. I have the fondest memories of my meeting with her and she is constantly in my thoughts.”
“I would love to be involved with the house to accommodate a small number of AIDS patients in Calcutta and am deeply touched that Mother Teresa thought of asking me,” she continued.
The Princess expressed her eagerness to work for India in another letter from Kensington Palace, dated February 10, 1997. “If you, High Commissioner, felt that I could help in your country in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me,” she wrote.
Prince Charles in another letter of August 16, 1996, wrote, “Having been conceived a few months after the transfer of power, I feel a particular affinity in age with the Republic of India.”
The book also comprises of an essay by former diplomats Lalit Mansingh and Gopalkrishna Gandhi, former CJI RC Lahoti and veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on different aspects of LM Singhvi’s contribution to diplomacy, politics, culture, and jurisprudence.