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  • This Image & Narrative is one of the 14 criminal cases researched & curated by @the.memory.company for the exhibition 'The Photograph is Proof' on evidence Photography & Criminal investigations of the Indian Subcontinent. Exhibited @formatfestival 2015 @chemouldprescottroad 2017
_______ ‘Natwarlal’ was born Mithilesh Srivastava in Bihar in 1912. He is considered to be Indian Subcontinent’s greatest con-artist. According to records, after graduating from Calcutta University in B.Com & Law, Natwarlal’s con began in 1937- he pretended to be a school principal and tricked his students' wealthy parents into giving him money. Over the next 60 yrs, Natwarlal duped hundreds, including top industrialists of their money. He had 50 aliases, and was a master of forgery & disguises. The most infamous of Natwarlal’s cons was inspired by #VictorLustig, the Hungarian con-artist who sold the Eiffel Tower as metal scrap - twice. Natwarlal pretended to be a govt. official, forged the signature of the President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad on a property sale contract - and then went on to sell the Taj Mahal thrice, the Red Fort twice, the Rashtrapati Bhavan and Sansad Bhavan (the Parliament house, along with its 545 MPs & Prime Minister) to impressionable foreigners, feigning that India was bankrupt and needed funds. With over 100 charges across 8 states, Natwarlal was arrested 9 times - in 1939, 1942, 1944, 1947,1956, 1975, 1977, 1987 and 1996, but escaped custody each time. Natwarlal was last seen on June 24, 1996, at the age of 84, at the New Delhi Railway Station while being escorted by the police from Patna to AIIMS, Delhi, for a knee operation. After disembarking the train, he hoodwinked the police by asking them to get him some tea. He then got up and disappeared into the crowd.

In 2009, Natwarlal’s lawyer requested all charges to be dropped, claiming that he had died on July 25, 2009, aged 97. However, Natwarlal’s brother claimed that he had cremated him in late 1996. No one knows which story is true. As of 2015, Natwarlal’s police file was still open, in a cupboard albiet being eaten by white ants.

#indianhistory #indianculture #indianmemoryproject #crime #conartist This Image & Narrative is one of the 14 criminal cases researched & curated by @the.memory.company for the exhibition 'The Photograph is Proof' on evidence Photography & Criminal investigations of the Indian Subcontinent. Exhibited @formatfestival 2015 @chemouldprescottroad 2017 _______ ‘Natwarlal’ was born Mithilesh Srivastava in Bihar in 1912. He is considered to be Indian Subcontinent’s greatest con-artist. According to records, after graduating from Calcutta University in B.Com & Law, Natwarlal’s con began in 1937- he pretended to be a school principal and tricked his students' wealthy parents into giving him money. Over the next 60 yrs, Natwarlal duped hundreds, including top industrialists of their money. He had 50 aliases, and was a master of forgery & disguises. The most infamous of Natwarlal’s cons was inspired by #victorlustig, the Hungarian con-artist who sold the Eiffel Tower as metal scrap - twice. Natwarlal pretended to be a govt. official, forged the signature of the President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad on a property sale contract - and then went on to sell the Taj Mahal thrice, the Red Fort twice, the Rashtrapati Bhavan and Sansad Bhavan (the Parliament house, along with its 545 MPs & Prime Minister) to impressionable foreigners, feigning that India was bankrupt and needed funds. With over 100 charges across 8 states, Natwarlal was arrested 9 times - in 1939, 1942, 1944, 1947,1956, 1975, 1977, 1987 and 1996, but escaped custody each time. Natwarlal was last seen on June 24, 1996, at the age of 84, at the New Delhi Railway Station while being escorted by the police from Patna to AIIMS, Delhi, for a knee operation. After disembarking the train, he hoodwinked the police by asking them to get him some tea. He then got up and disappeared into the crowd. In 2009, Natwarlal’s lawyer requested all charges to be dropped, claiming that he had died on July 25, 2009, aged 97. However, Natwarlal’s brother claimed that he had cremated him in late 1996. No one knows which story is true. As of 2015, Natwarlal’s police file was still open, in a cupboard albiet being eaten by white ants. #indianhistory #indianculture #indianmemoryproject #crime #conartist
  • This Image & Narrative is one of the 14 criminal cases researched & curated by @the.memory.company for the exhibition 'The Photograph is Proof' on evidence Photography & Criminal investigations of the Indian Subcontinent. Exhibited @formatfestival 2015 @chemouldprescottroad 2017 _______ ‘Natwarlal’ was born Mithilesh Srivastava in Bihar in 1912. He is considered to be Indian Subcontinent’s greatest con-artist. According to records, after graduating from Calcutta University in B.Com & Law, Natwarlal’s con began in 1937- he pretended to be a school principal and tricked his students' wealthy parents into giving him money. Over the next 60 yrs, Natwarlal duped hundreds, including top industrialists of their money. He had 50 aliases, and was a master of forgery & disguises. The most infamous of Natwarlal’s cons was inspired by #victorlustig, the Hungarian con-artist who sold the Eiffel Tower as metal scrap - twice. Natwarlal pretended to be a govt. official, forged the signature of the President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad on a property sale contract - and then went on to sell the Taj Mahal thrice, the Red Fort twice, the Rashtrapati Bhavan and Sansad Bhavan (the Parliament house, along with its 545 MPs & Prime Minister) to impressionable foreigners, feigning that India was bankrupt and needed funds. With over 100 charges across 8 states, Natwarlal was arrested 9 times - in 1939, 1942, 1944, 1947,1956, 1975, 1977, 1987 and 1996, but escaped custody each time. Natwarlal was last seen on June 24, 1996, at the age of 84, at the New Delhi Railway Station while being escorted by the police from Patna to AIIMS, Delhi, for a knee operation. After disembarking the train, he hoodwinked the police by asking them to get him some tea. He then got up and disappeared into the crowd. In 2009, Natwarlal’s lawyer requested all charges to be dropped, claiming that he had died on July 25, 2009, aged 97. However, Natwarlal’s brother claimed that he had cremated him in late 1996. No one knows which story is true. As of 2015, Natwarlal’s police file was still open, in a cupboard albiet being eaten by white ants. #indianhistory #indianculture #indianmemoryproject #crime #conartist
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