5 Historical Places that sum up Independence Movement

The Partition Museum, Amritsar

Partition Museum, Independence Movement
The Town Hall in Amritsar that houses the Partition Museum (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)

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-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 16000 sq.ft., with sections devoted to Independence and partition, migration, research, rehabilitation and resettlement and the gallery of hope.

While in Amritsar, also visit Jallianwala Bagh where a crowd of non-violent protestors were fired upon by the British troops on April 13, 1919.

Red Fort, Delhi

Red Fort, Delhi, Independence Day
Red Fort comes under security blanket for August 15
Image credit- Zee News

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

Aga Khan Palace

Aga Khan Palace, Pune, Independence Movement
Slice of history- Aga Khan Palace
Image credit- The Hindu

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.

Cellular Jail, Port Blair

Cellular Jail, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Independence Movement
Cellular Jail, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

The term Kaala Pani refers to this particular jail. This remote jail in the middle of the Indian Ocean was where freedom fighters, such 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.

Gateway of India

Gateway of India, Mumbai, Independence Movement
Gateway of India
Image Credit- NDTV News

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 of Apollo Bunder, this was also the place marking the end of British rule as the British troops left India.

 

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