Independence Day celebrations at Aga Khan Palace,where Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi,his wife Kasturba Gandhi and his secretary Mahadev Desai were kept under house arrest for 21 months,will begin with a flag hoisting at 9.30 am on Thursday.
Trustee secretary Shobhana Ranade said: Nearly 70 students from an English-medium corporation school will visit the palace on Thursday. After the flag hoisting,they will be taken on a tour of the grounds and the palace museum,and then we will screen a documentary,India Wins Freedom.
The palace will also remain open to other visitors on Thursday. It is a monument to freedom and Independence. We will stay open on Independence Day for all visitors, said Ranade.
August 15 also holds another significance for the palace apart from the Independence Day. It was on August 15 that Gandhijis secretary Mahadev Desai passed away right here. Gandhiji was very close to him and thought of him like a son. After he passed away,Gandhiji would walk to his samadhi in the grounds every day, said Ranade.