Mother India: The Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum in Delhi
No.1, Safdarjung Road, New Delhi. That's the address of this museum. It is located near the Safdarjung Tomb and on most days is easily accessible via local transport like the public buses or underground train system. The address was, in fact, the residence of the Late Smt. Indira Gandhi, the first lady Prime Minister of India. The Bungalow is set on a huge area that is adorned with trimmed lawns, trees and manicured flowers. After her assassination on the 31st of October 1984, the residence was converted into a memorial site and a museum.
Within the building, the exhibit rooms have been left unchanged so as to give visitors a view of how the former lady prime minister lived her days. There's a display of antiques that have quite the value yet the rooms seems very basic with an almost minimalist approach. The walls have a wide range of photographs, that show both her private and her public life. Through them, we get a glimpse of how her childhood, lead to motherhood, then to her shaping the young country.
All this is a part of an exhibit, so these rooms have a glass wall. This way visitors can only look into what her living area was like. Even the sari that she wore on the day of her death has been put on display. It still retains the blood stains. She was shot 32 times by her own Sikh bodyguards who we probably angered by her action of letting Operation Blue Star happen.
This happened within the premises of her residence. Her last few steps and the spot where she collapsed has been covered with glass and crystals, as a Memorial in her name.
The museum also has a section dedicated to the Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi, who was also assassinated by a suicide bomber in 1991. Here, the remains of his clothing from the assassination has been put on display along with a wall that showcases some of his best photography work.
Address: No. 1, Safderjang Road, New Delhi
Entry: Free Entry
Timings: 9:30pm – 5:00pm (Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays)
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