Rare records,pictures of India’s freedom struggle on display in PU

In the age of information overdose,there are some documents and photographs that still remain a rarity.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: January 23, 2012 3:03 am

In the age of information overdose,there are some documents and photographs that still remain a rarity. Documents like those that relate to our freedom struggle,the ordinance to ban Mahatma Gandhi’s entry in Punjab,arrest of Mahatma Gandhi at Palwal,non-cooperation movement in Ferozepur Jhirka and arrest of martyr Rajguru. “They are neither available online,nor can be easily viewed at libraries and that’s the reason we have decided to showcase them at a special exhibition at Fine Arts Museum,Panjab University starting January 23 to 25,” said Dr Rajwanti Mann,Deputy Director,Archives Department. Mann added that this was a first of its kind exhibition which brought together scanned copies of rare documents and photographs that portray the contribution made by great personalities like Mahatma Gandhi,Shaheed Bhagat Singh and Netaji Subhash Chander Bose.

Here,with 40 documents and 17 photographs on display,the exhibition was put up by Haryana Archives Department in collaboration with PU Fine Arts Department to mark the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. “The aim is to acquaint students in particular and people in general about the struggle of our leaders and to create awareness about the heritage of the state that is preserved in records,” says Dr Mann.

Also on display are documents that represent participation of students in national movement at Shahabad,celebration of January 26,1930,the Day of Independence,death warrant of Bhagat Singh,breaking of Salt Law at Bhiwani,Mahatma Gandhi ki Jai,boycott of foreign clothes in 1930 at Hisar,Lahore Consipiracy Case,execution of Shaheed Bhagat Singh,Rajguru and Sukhdev and message of Mahatma Gandhi to youths on Lahore executions. “Not many would have seen photographs of Bhagat Singh taken secretly at the Lahore Railway Police Station during his first arrest from May 29 to July 1927. For scholars and researches,they are a treasure of sorts,” says chairman of fine arts department Dr Tirthankar Bhattacharya,as he moves to stand against the oldest document at the exhibition that is dated April 3,1919 and has instructions of safety measures in connection with protests against Rowatt Bill. The exhibition is on till January 25.

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