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Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed ‘Bisal Munti’, the disputed family bungalow of the Van Ingens.

JOUBERT VAN INGEN’S death has led to a nasty inheritance row. At stake are the majestic family bungalow, “Bisal Munti”, located on a sprawling piece of land in a prime part of Mysore, a vast coffee estate in Kerala, and several animal mounts and trophies, big cat skins, ivory and assorted animal paraphernalia that the Van Ingens acquired in the almost 100-year history of their operations in Mysore. But perhaps what is most important for researchers of Indian wildlife are the priceless records they have maintained.

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The Karnataka state Government should acquire the legendary gentleman's property immediately in national interest.I It has priceless value of over a hundred years of India's ,and world natural history,wildlife,birds and other antiques. R.K.Narayan would have definetilely been influenced, by this rich heritage,and also with the patrons of art,the Wodeyars of Mysore. this is India's vanished Jungle history,never to be encrypted again. Great of Frontline to bring out the importance of these properties to the nation.
from:  Joseph Frankel
Posted on: Apr 21, 2013 at 15:30 IST
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