Independence Day 2017: What Mahatma Gandhi envisaged a truly free India would be like

 Independence Day 2017: What Mahatma Gandhi envisaged a truly free India would be like

‘Gandhi's Vision: Freedom and Beyond’, is an exhibition of photographs and documents depicting India's freedom struggle under Mahatma Gandhi's leadership and his vision of free India. Seen here, Gandhi at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) session in Bombay in 1942

With Nehru at AICC Bombay

The National Gandhi Museum and India International Centre are presenting this exhibition from 11 to 21 August to mark 70 years of India’s Independence. Gandhi is seen with Nehru at the AICC session in (then) Bombay

Bardoli Satyagraha

Beginning with Gandhi's return to India from South Africa in 1915 and the first satyagraha in Champaran in 1917, the exhibition — at the India International Centre in New Delhi — shows the Ahmedabad Mill workers' strike, the Non-Co-operation movement, Bardoli satyagraha, Dandi March, Quit India movement. In this photo are participants of the Bardoli satyagraha, Gujarat, 1928

Crowd gathers during Quit India movement 1942

Gandhi's last days in Bihar and Noakhali are also chronicled in the exhibition. Above, a crowd gathers during the Quit India movement, 1942

Satyagrahis form a human wall

The exhibition also depicts Gandhi's dream of free India — communal harmony, equality for women, a new system of education and the removal of poverty and untouchability. Here, satyagrahis form a human wall

Kasturba with Kamala Gandhi Chattopadhyay

The exhibition has been curated by Prof Aparna Basu, former professor of History and chairperson, National Gandhi Museum. In this photo, Kasturba Gandhi is seen with Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay

mass protest during salt satyagraha

The exhibition includes a display of replicas of Gandhi's ashrams, the old National flag, Gandhi’s personal belongings, original copies of magazines edited by Gandhi such as Young India, Harijan, Navjivan, etc. Depicted here, a mass protest during the Salt Satyagraha

Mass demonstration at Bombay during salt satyagraha

It also includes a historic 1942 recording of the first time the National Anthem was played with a full orchestra accompaniment at the opening ceremony of the Indo-German Cultural Society in Hamburg. Seen here, a mass demonstration at Bombay during Salt Satyagraha

Womens demonstration during satyagraha

Selected texts from Gandhi’s writings, letters and books have been used for the exhibition panels to highlight the ideals of pluralism, liberalism, an open society and open polity to shape our national movement. Above: A photo of a women's demonstration during the Satyagraha movement

salt satyagraha

Gandhi said, “I do not want to stay in a house with all door and windows shut. I want a house with all its doors and windows open where the cultural breezes of all lands and nations blow through my house. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any” — an idea that seems equally relevant in today’s times. Seen here, the Salt Satyagraha

Updated Date: Aug 15, 2017 13:50:16 IST