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Flyers can catch vignettes from Gandhi’s life at airport gallery

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Though Mahatma Gandhi and Subhas Chandra Bose had different ideologies, they respected each other. In 1942, barely three years before Netaji’s disappearance, Gandhi had called Bose the ‘prince among the patriots’. Bose admired Gandhi and had called him the ‘Father of our Nation’ in a radio broadcast from Rangoon in 1944.

Flyers arriving in Kolkata will now be able to enjoy these and several other interesting nuggets from history in a gallery on Mahatma Gandhi, which has been set up between arrival luggage conveyor belts 1 and 2 at Kolkata airport. There is an interactive digital kiosk as well for those keen to delve further into Gandhi’s life. Outgoing governor Keshari Nath Tripathi inaugurated the Gandhi gallery to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma. One of the panels on Gandhi’s social life in Kolkata recounts many dinner invitations he would receive during his stay in the city and how he had first seen Rabindranath Tagore singing patriotic songs at the residence of Radharaman Kar in Shyambazar.

The two great personalities would ‘meet’ each other in Santiniketan on March 6, 1915. And while they respected each other, Gurudev did not cringe from criticising Gandhi when the latter stated that natural calamities such as in Bihar came to mankind as chastisement for their sins.

The panel also showcases a letter note signed by Gandhi in Bengali. After a month’s stay in Kolkata on the eve of his departure for Delhi on September 7, 1947, Gandhi wrote down in Bengali, “Amar jibon e amar bani (My life is my message).”

 

Source: Times of India

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