Exhibition of rare letters, black-and-white pictures, newspaper clippings and quotes

To commemorate the 65{+t}{+h}death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML) has put up a one-and-a-half-month-long exhibition at its Teen Murti House premises here displaying black-and-white pictures, rare letters, newspaper clippings and memorable quotations.

The images and documents offer a glimpse into the Father of the Nation’s last fast unto death at Birla House and the events which unfolded after that. These have been extracted by NMML researchers who spent a considerable amount of time and energy unearthing its vast archives.

The Weapon of Ahimsa: Mahatma Gandhi’s Last Fast examines the tremendous impact of Bapu’s fast throughout the country and how the nation mourned in grief after his tragic assassination on January 30, 1948, by a Hindu fundamentalist.

According to NMML Director Mahesh Rangarajan, the exhibition assumes considerable significance because Gandhi gave one of the most powerful weapons of resistance – satyagraha – to the world at large.

On why the exhibition was held in the foyer of the library rather than the museum, Prof. Rangarajan explains: “We discovered that there were 350 speakers last year and 250 this year alone. Five thousand visitors attended our seminars this January and 3,300 last year. So it was important that visitors to library must take a look at these pictures and quotes which remain entrenched in visitors mind.”