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DAV,Dwarka,visits Indira Gandhi Memorial

I had an opportunity to visit the Indira Gandhi Memorial as a part of a heritage walk organised by The Indian Express.

Written by Express News Service |
February 6, 2012 12:23:24 am

I had an opportunity to visit the Indira Gandhi Memorial as a part of a heritage walk organised by The Indian Express. Although the museum has a limited display,it has a beautiful collection of photographs and newspaper cuttings covering the Nationalist movement,and personal and public life of the Nehru-Gandhi family. One can see the handwritten letters of Indira Gandhi to her father,JawaharLal Nehru. Though we visited all the rooms she lived in,my favourite was her study room. There were thousands of books,neatly stacked in shelves. Her works were published in the newspapers of almost all the languages of India. There we can see Indira Gandhi’s and her family photos including her sons Rajiv and Sanjay and their children Rahul,Priyanka and Varun’s childhood photos as well. The museum also has the burnt clothes of Rajiv Gandhi,which he had worn on the day he was assassinated. We were shown a short film on the life and history of Indira Gandhi. While coming out of the house,we reached the garden where Indira Gandhi was assassinated. This marked the end of an iron-willed lady who had greatly contributed in shaping our country’s future. I am deeply thankful to my school also for providing me the opportunity to have an insight of Indira Gandhi’s life.

*Meheli Roy Chaudhary,VIII-B

On January 2012,we went to the Indira Gandhi Memorial. It was a heritage walk organised by our school and The Indian Express. It is located in a sprawling yet simple white bungalow where the great leader lived as the Prime Minister of India. It was here in the garden of this bungalow that her two bodyguards killed her on October 31,1989. The bungalow was later converted into a memorial museum. Indira Gandhi Memorial has a lot of display on the life history of Smt. Gandhi. The collection gives a visual narration of her life from her childhood to her last days. One can also view her still laid out simple drawing room and study room through the large glass. Her study room was full of books and photographs of Mahatma Gandhi. The museum also contains a Rajiv Gandhi section,in which he lived for almost 16 years. It contains his personal exhibits including the burnt clothes and shoes that he wore when was assassinated in a bomb blast in May 19991. As Rajiv was a trained photographer,the house contains some of his best photographs. In the museum we saw a short video on Indira Gandhi’s life. It was such an inspirational video. After coming out of the house,we reached the garden where Gandhi was shot dead. The stretch that she last walked has been enclosed in a crystal-like frame,giving it the rippling effect of a river. The place where she finally fell after being shot on the frame has been marked,which also has few dried blood spots.

*Lakshay Aggarwal,VIII-B

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When it was declared in the school that we all will be going to Indira Gandhi Museum on January 20,I was not aware of what actually I was going to see. We got down from the bus at Safdarjung Road,the memorial of Indira Gandhi our beloved late Prime minister. Indira Gandhi was an inspiration for all girls and women of this country. She magnificently led this country for more than 15 years but her lifestyle as we observed in Indira Gandhi Memorial was so simple and down to earth. The artifacts and the felicitation certificates of hers were displayed all across the house where once she lived along with her two sons and their families. I was very sad to know that she was killed by her own bodyguards while she was going form her house to her office. I hope that some day I will be looking forward to have some of the virtues of our beloved leader Indira Gandhi. I express my sincere thanks to my school for giving me chance to visit this beautiful place.

*Saumya Kansal,VIII-C

The Indira Gandhi Museum was initially the residence of the former Prime Minister of India,Indira Gandhi. It is where her own bodyguards killed her on October 31,1984. This memorial site is totally dedicated to the memory of late Indira Gandhi. The museum exhibits her simple lifestyle,and the place can be seen adorned with expensive,antique and yet simple furniture and art décor. The museum section of the mansion is separated by a walled glass,through which you can view her living area,dining area and selected rooms of house. Pictures of Gandhi as well as her last writings give us an insight of her lifestyle. The museum also showcases the personal belongings of the late Rajiv Gandhi,complete with almost burnt clothes and shoes that he wore when he was assassinated. It also frames one of the last writings of Indira Gandhi. The writing reveals the true devotion,love and affection of this great and kind person towards the people and country. We were completely overwhelmed by her spirit and sense of service to the motherland in spite of the threat to her life.

*Khyati Mohan,VIII-D

I was extremely excited when I came to know that The Indian Express is taking students to the Indira Gandhi Memorial. It was a lifetime opportunity for me to visit such an inspirational and encouraging place. Everything that Indira Gandhi used in her life was kept with care,and after observing them,I understood that she believed in simple living and high thinking. She was extremely fond of reading books because each and every corner of her house was full of different types of books. There also was a feature film based on her journey to success,it was really an inspirational movie. When I saw the remains of the clothes that the late Rajiv Gandhi had worn in his last rally I couldn’t stop my eyes from welling up with tears. Winding it up,I would like to salute Indira Gandhi for all her support and contribution to the formation of modern India.

*Arif Khan,VIII-D

As I got out of the bus,I had a feeling of exploring something new about former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Her house was beautiful. The museum starts with a room full of newspaper clippings,with all the information required on her life. The memorial had many things that she would use everyday. Everything,from a pencil she used to the saree she wore on her wedding day,has been conserved. The memorial included her family photos with M K Gandhi,her father,her husband,her schoolmates,her children,her grandchildren,and her visit to Europe. There were many honours given to her internationally. All the gifts,honours and medals she was honoured with are still preserved at the museum. The memorial has her dressing room,where a charkha and some family photos were kept. It also has a closet in which her handwoven sarees are conserved. Her study room has countless books that show her love for reading. Her puja room has idols of various gods and goddesses,and a picture of Mother India over the map of India,whom she worshiped everyday. The memorial is surrounded by beautiful gardens from all sides. She used to walk to Ashoka Marg from her house. Her last footsteps have still been preserved there. I am proud to say that I am born in a country that is independently served by a woman who devoted her soul to the upbringing of her nation.

*Shivani Vashishth,IX-C

The Indira Gandhi Museum is located in a bungalow,where Indira Gandhi lived as the Prime Minister. It has a collection of photographs pertaining to the personal and public life of Nehru-Gandhi family. In the garden of this bungalow her two bodyguards killed her on October 31,1984. The museum conserves her blood stained saree, she had worn on the fatal day,she was assassinated. The museum has a collection of photographs of the Nationalist movement and gives a visual narration of her life. The museum also contains the personal possessions of her son,Rajiv Gandhi,including burnt clothes and shoes that he wore on the day of his assassination. The whole stretch,where she last walked,has been enclosed in a glass frame that gives a rippling effect of a river. The place where she finally fell after being shot has a few dried blood spots. A visit to the museum is quite informative and gives a glimpse into the life of our great leaders. It felt amazing to visit this museum.

*Manil K Sharma,VIII-D

The trip to the Indira Gandhi Memorial was a unique experience. We came to learn about the iron lady of our country Indira Gandhi. She was the caretaker of the country. She sowed the seeds of development in minds of Indians,which are prospering today. Speeches and articles of hers,which have been preserved,show her fearless nature and commitment towards building a modern India. The copies of various policies implemented by her were present there. The rooms and the articles,which she used,have been kept as they were. Her clothes show her simplicity. There was a short documentary on her life. For children like me who haven’t seen Indira Gandhi had a great opportunity to know about her. It was a mind blowing trip from Allahabad,1917 to Delhi,1984. I am deeply indebted to my school and The Indian Express to have given me a chance to have such a memorable experience.

*Akash Tanwar,IX-C

On being a subscriber of The Indian Express,I got an opportunity to visit the Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum on January 20 with my friends and teachers of DAV Public School,Dwarka. The moment we reached our destination,my excitement touched the seventh heaven. At the very first sight,I was struck by the modest white bungalow where Gandhi lived. It has been converted into a museum. There were photographs of her family and the first female PM of India at work,hung in between press clippings which narrate her life. Through glass walls,we got glimpses of her drawing room,dining room and bed room,still decorated with her personal belongings. Even her bloodsoaked saree and the place of her assassination have been preserved and enclosed in glass. This trip was one of the most memorable in my life — the credit of which goes to my school to The Indian Express.

*Sanjoly Agrawal,X-A

India has produced numerous gems who have enlightened the whole world. Indira Gandhi was one of these. My visit to the Indira Gandhi Memorial on January 20 was a memorable one. The museum took me on a journey of her life,from being elected as the Minister for Information and Broadcasting by President S Radhakrishnan on July 2,1964,to her assassination on October 31,1984. Her memories,preserved in the museum,comprises great honours such as the Bharat Ratna on January 26,1975,the gifts given to her,household items made by her,her pens,books,the saree that she had worn on her wedding day.

*Vineet Kumar,X-C

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