PM Narendra Modi has launched a mobile Gandhi Museum dedicated to the life of Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of upcoming Gandhi Jayanti. This mobile museum has been designed in the form of a truck and has been named “Memories of the Mahatma”.
The truck will start on Friday, October 2, 2015, from Porbandar, Gandhiji’s hometown and move through various areas of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Haryana. It will finally reach the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium on October 29. Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has sought the cooperation of the Chief Ministers of these three states and requested them to facilitate the mobile exhibition’s movement and also to hold small events throughout its designated route.
The specially designed truck that serves as a mobile exhibition will showcase the important events associated with the life of Mahatma Gandhi through photographs as well as audio-visual content. A prominent feature of the exhibition would be to show Gandhiji’s Africa connect and celebrate the special bond that he shared with Africa. PM Modi specifically wants to highlight that Africa was the birthplace of Gandhiji’s Satyagraha movement. The exhibition will also feature glimpses from Mahatma Gandhi’s life in Africa and his work there.
The Gandhi Museum truck will be flagged off by Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister of Gujarat, from Kirti Mandir at Porbandar from where it will move to Rajkot (from where Gandhiji completed his graduation), Dandi, Sabarmati and Gandhi Nagar before entering Rajasthan. All these cities have been associated with the life of Mahatma Gandhi. The truck will then move towards Jodhpur, Ajmer, Jaipur and Pilani in Rajasthan before finally reaching Delhi on October 29.
This mobile exhibition is being viewed as an effort by PM Modi to reach out to the leaders from Africa before the India Africa Forum Summit that will be held from October 27 to 29. The exhibition gains even more significance in view of the fact that the Summit is being held exactly 100 years after Mahatma Gandhi returned from Africa after fighting against racial discrimination.
This Summit would be an opportunity for the Modi Government to strengthen its ties with resource rich Africa and will address issues like climate change, terrorism and UNSC reforms. Prominent leaders from Africa like South African President Jacob Zuma and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari are expected to attend the Summit.
It is believed that the truck will pass through various schools on its way to get children acquainted with the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi and will also collect some Gandhi memorabilia like the salt from Dandi which will then be presented to the African leaders by PM Modi.0