Lucknow, Oct. 2 -- Mahatma Gandhi came to Lucknow about 10 times between 1916 to 1936 and each time he praised the unique dialect of the city which, according to him, was pure Hindustani, said Gandhian Atul Tewari , the man who played an important role in establishing the Gandhi Museum, the largest museum on an individual in the world.

"Gandhiji praised culture and language of Lucknow. He said that Lucknowi language could not be pure Urdu or Sanskritised Hindi. It could only be Hindustani, the language of the masses," said Tewari.

He said, "Gandhiji set up Hindustani Prachar Sabha after his visit to Lucknow, to promote and propagate Hindustani language among Indians."

" In a letter to Jawahar Lal Nehru on October 5 , 1945 , he wrote, ' I...