Trip to the Parliament Museum

“Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny and the time has come when we shall redeem it….”
The class VIIIs made a trip to the Parliament Museum to visit the archives of India’s glorious past and to be privy to all the important events and happenings that shaped the destiny of modern India. The excitement was palpable as children entered the hallowed precincts of the museum amidst tight security. The walk through the various chambers highlighting India’s struggle for independence through the course of the British rule. The objects and artifacts on display told the story of how a young nation took birth carrying both the force of a vibrant civilisation and the wounds of a gruesome partition to emerge as theworld’s largest democracy. The children were fascinated by the section depicting how the Constitution of india was drafted under the chairmanship of Dr. B R Ambedkar. The highlight of the visit was the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha enclosures wherethe children got a feel of how the two pillars of Indian democracy function. They also got to sit with legendary Parliamentarians like ‘Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Sardar Baldev Singh’ to name just a few, and listen to Pandit Nehru giving the famous ‘Tryst with destiny’ speech delivered at the stroke of the midnight hour in the central hall of parliament house on the intervening night of 14th and 15th August 1947. Needless to say the children were thrilled to have undertaken a short journey through the corridors of modern Indian history. This surely is one experience the memories of which are going to be etched on their impressionable minds for a long time to come.