A museum on wheels inside Calcutta’s historic trams , commemorating the 75th anniversary of India’s independence from the people’s point of view, was inaugurated earlier this week by West Bengal’s Minister of Transport and Housing, Firhad Hakim, in the presence of officials from West Bengal. Transport Corporation. Virtually present from London were Lord Meghnad Desai and Kishwar Desai, as well as Mallika Ahluwalia, curator and CEO of the Partition Museum.
Hakim said: “India is a country of peace. Bengal believes in harmony and unity in diversity. This museum reflects the spirit of Bengal. It also investigates the struggle for freedom in which Bengal played an important role. The Museum on Wheels describes the efforts of our freedom fighters as well as the impact of the division of Bengal and Punjab on the national psyche.
The museum was designed inside two trams.
The museum will be exhibited on the Esplanade until the end of this year. As of January 1, 2022, he will move to other parts of the city. Rajesh Sinha, West Bengal Secretary of Transport, added: “The museum represents the independence movement and the impact of partition in the states of Bengal and Punjab.” Ahluwalia added: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to showcase our museum in Calcutta, a city rich in the history of independence, the struggle for freedom and the drawing of borders in Bengal and Punjab. Calcutta’s trams have their own history and heritage, and we wanted to take advantage of their mobility and easy access to reach the people of Calcutta. “
The museum was designed inside two trams. The first car highlights the growing resistance against the British Raj since 1900. It investigates the key moments during the period 1900-1947 that led to independence and how borders were drawn. The second car focuses on the mass migration and rehabilitation that took place after the partition and explores the human angle.
The Partition Museum, opened in Amritsar in 2017, tells the story of Partition through the voices of millions of people who lived through it.