Gandhi Museum Dioramas
Dioramas in the Gandhi Museum
There was a room in the Gandhi Museum dedicated to a collection of small dioramas which give ‘a potted life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’. Shame about the glare on the glass of some of them.
Stealing and Atonement: Once Mohan stole a bit of gold, but it weighed heavily on his conscience. He made a confession to his father and asked for punishment. Sincere repentance won Mohan his father’s affection.
Nursing his ailing Father: During five long years of his father’s illness, Mohan nursed him and listened to discussion on different faiths.
Seeking Mother’s Permission to go Abroad. 1888: Mohan’s mother consented to his going to England for further studies only after he took a vow not to touch wine, women and meat.
Victim of Colour-Bar, 1893: On a complaint by a white passenger M.K.Gandhi, Barrister At-Law was thrown out of the first class railway compartment at Maritzburg in South Africa. This incident changed the course of his life.
The Epic March, 1913: Hundreds of Indians marched from New Castle to Transvaal as a protest against £3 tax. Their leader Gandhi was arrested three times in four days but they continued to march.
Arrival of Gandhi in India, 1915: On their return from South Africa after 21 years Gandhi and Kasturbai were given a warm reception.
Stain of Indigo, 1917: Gandhi espoused the cause of the oppressed peasants on the Indigo Plantation in Birhar and launched his first civil disobedience movement in India. The compulsory growing of indigo was abolished.
The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, 1919: Gandhi investigated into atrocities committed by General Dyer on a peaceful gathering at Amritsar, killing 375 and injuring 1000 and more unarmed unwarned people.
Death of Lokmanya Tilak, 1920: All classes and communities of people participated in the funeral procession of Bal Gangadhar Tilak in Bombay. Gandhi said “A lion among men has died”..
Bonfire of Foreign Cloth, 1922: Gandhi inaugurated the campaign for the boycott of foreign cloth by kindling an immense fire in Bombay for the economic emancipation of India.
The Great Trial, 1922: Gandhi was tried for sedition in March. Pleading guilty he said, “I hold it to be a virtue to be disaffected towards a government which has done more harm to India than any previous system”. He was sentenced to six years imprisonment.
Village Industries, 1929: The inhuman destruction of village industries was corroding Gandhi’s heart. He believed that their restoration alone would feed the hungry millions.
The Dandi March, 1930: On March 12, sixty one year old Gandhi started the Great March of Liberty from Sabarmati Ashram with a strong resolve to break the inhuman Salt Law.
The Salt Satyagraha, 1930: On April 6, Gandhi broke the nefarious Salt Law at Dandi. Despite brutal assaults on the people the war against the Salt Tax spread to far-flung regions. India was seething in revolt, Gandhi was arrested.
With Romain Rolland, 1931: Gandhi discussed with Romain Rolland at Geneva the evil effects of war and the efficacy of non-violence. At Gandhi’s request, Rolland played Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony on the piano.
Among the Workers, London 1931: Gandhi planted a tree outside Kinglsey Hall, East End, where he stayed with the workers for twelve weeks.
Meeting the King in London, 1931: Gandhi went to London to attend the Round Table Conference. On being invited by the King, he went to Buckingham Palace in his usual dress.
The Curse of Untouchability: Gandhi pleaded for the uplift of the downtrodden untouchables and for restoring equality between man and man.
Fast for the Eradication of Untouchability, 1932: Gandhi was arrested on his return from England. On September 20, he commenced his fast unto death in the prison for eradicating untouchability, on the leaders signing a pact, the fast was broken after six days.
With Poet Tagore, 1940: The two apostles of India’s regeneration Gandhi and Tagore met at Shantiniketan. The poet welcomed Gandhi as one belonging to all humanity.
Quit India, 1942: On the AICC passing the ‘Quit India’ resolution on August 8 to end the British rule, Gandhi gave a dictum for the non-violent soldier of freedom ‘Do or Die’, on Gandhi’s detention, India’s national pride rose in revolt.
Death of Kasturba, 1944: Gandhi’s 74 year old wife Kasturba died as a prisoner on February 22. Thus ended their 62 year old companionship.
Pilgrim of Peace, 1946 – 47: Gandhi went on his pilgrimage of peace in riot-wrecked Bengal to establish unity between the two sister communities. His message was, “The cry of blood for blood is barbarous.”
In Riot-Wrecked Bihar, 1947: Gandhi came to Patna to comfort the victims of communal frenzy. He exhorted the Hindus and the Muslims to live together in a filial spirit. He brought love where hatred and cunningness had ruled.
Fast for Communal Harmony, 1947: On September 1, Gandhi began his fast to end communal frenzy in Calcutta. This caused deep heart-searching in all concerned. The hooligans surrendered their weapons. Gandhi broke his fast on the restoration of peace.
Gandhi and Gaffar Khan, 1947: The impending division of the country was a deep source of agony to Gandhi and Gaffar Khan. Gaffar took leave of Gandhi with a heavy heart and left for his home town in Pakistan. They never met again.
Martyrdom, 1948: On January 30 at the sun-set-hour the perverse assassin of the ages lodged hot lead in the soft flesh of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, his mind was concentrated on God and he merged in him. He had said, “If I am to die by the bullet of a man I must do so smiling.”
He was the glorious one in death as in life.
The World Bowed in Homage, 1948. On January 31, Gandhi’s body was laid on a sandalwood pyre at Rajghat, Delhi. From the pyre comes the message: Lead me from the unreal to the real. From darkness to light. From death to immortal.
ALL IN ALL A GOOD POTTED LOOK
FASCINATING HISTORICAL DISPLAY