India at 70: This Independence Day, visit these 5 historical places across India

Hindustan Times Aug 12, 2017 03:10 am
The Partition Museum at Amritsar has records and exhibits dating back to India’s Independence.
The Partition Museum at Amritsar has records and exhibits dating back to India’s Independence. (HT file photo )

You have read about them in history textbooks. This Independence Day, go down memory lane and get a new perspective on the freedom struggle. Here are some places to visit:

1) The Partition Museum, Amritsar

The Partition Museum may have opened its doors only in 2016 but it has a wealth of records about events dating back to India’s Independence. This one-of-a-kind museum preserves the experiences of those displaced by the Partition of India in 1947. The final plan for the museum is to have seven galleries spread across 16,000 square feet, with sections devoted to independence and partition, migration, research, rehabilitation and resettlement and the gallery of hope. In Amritsar, also visit Jallianwala Bagh where a crowd of non-violent protestors were fired upon by the British troops on April 13, 1919.

Freedom fighters like Veer Savarkar and Battukeshwar Dutt were incarcerated at Cellular Jail. (Shutterstock)

2) Cellular Jail, Port Blair

The term ‘kaala pani’ refers to this particular jail. This remote jail in the middle of the Indian Ocean was where freedom fighters, such as Veer Savarkar and Batukeshwar Dutt, were exiled. At the museum, displays include tools used to torture the inmates. A must-attend is the sound and light show which displays stories about India’s struggle for freedom.

Mahatma Gandhi was imprisoned at The Aga Khan Palace after the Quit India movement. (Shutterstock)

3) Aga Khan Palace, Pune

The beautiful Aga Khan Palace has paintings that depict Mahatma Gandhi’s life and the freedom struggle. This was the place where Mahatma Gandhi was imprisoned after the Quit India movement in 1942. He was accompanied by wife Kasturba and secretary Mahdevbhai.

On August 15, the Prime Minister hoists the Indian flag on the ramparts of Red Fort. (HT file photo)

4) Red Fort, Delhi

The Red Fort is the place where India’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, delivered the first Independence Day speech in 1947.

Gateway of India during Navy Day celebration in December. (HT file photo )

5) Gateway of India, Mumbai

This is the site from where the last British troops left India. While the Gateway of India was built to mark the landing of King George V and Queen Mary at Apollo Bunder, this was also the place marking the end of British rule as the British troops left India.

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