Visit to the Gandhi National Museum and Raj Ghat

The students visited the Gandhi National museum and Rajghat on 22nd December, 2016 to learn more about Mahatma Gandhi’s way of life and his role in the freedom struggle of India. Mr Ansar Ali, the curator was present to conduct our students in the Gandhi Memorial museum.

The first gallery highlighted the various settlements, some artifacts and informed the students of the Gandhi memorial museum. Next was the spinning wheel gallery which contains twenty-three different kinds of spinning wheels.

The students learnt about the importance of the cloth ‘Khadi’ and how Mahatma Gandhi revived the use of raw material by the simple usage of a spinning wheel. This was a movement that started in 1918 to elevate an ideology of self- reliance and self-government.

Then the students were taken to the photographic gallery where nearly 285 photographs of Mahatma Gandhi in a chronological order, divided under ten phases, with write-ups for each phase–from childhood up to his final arrival in Delhi in 1947 were shown to them. Also they got to see some replicas and relics like his walking stick and wooden shoes.

Post this they were shown the Commemorative Gallery, Martyrdom Gallery, Art Gallery and the Ashram gallery where they saw some more photographs and things possessed by Mahatma Gandhi. Last but not the least the students were shown a short documentary on Mahatma Gandhi which helped them understand the life of ‘Bapu’ in a better way.

Our last stop was made at Raj Ghat, a simple square platform of black marble which reflects Gandhiji’s austerity and love for nature. This marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in 1948.