‘Museum on Wheels’ in Kolkata brings history closer to people – India Today

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A Museum on Wheels inside the iconic trams of Kolkata, commemorating India’s 75th Independence Day, was inaugurated by West Bengal Transport Minister Firhad Hakim.

The Museum on Wheels has been curated by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Trust in collaboration with the West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC).

“This museum reflects the ethos of India and Bengal. It also dwells on the freedom struggle in which Bengal played a major role,” Hakim said at the inauguration.

“The Museum on Wheels beautifully depicts the efforts of our freedom fighters and also the impact of the division of Bengal and Punjab on the national psyche,” he added.

The Museum on Wheels will be on display in Central Kolkata’s Esplanade till December-end, an official said, adding that from January 1, 2022, it will move to other parts of the city.

The Museum on Wheels has been designed inside two trams.

The first car highlights the rising resistance to the British Raj in the 1900s. It delves into the key moments during the period from 1900 to 1947, leading to Independence and how the borders were drawn, dividing Bengal and Punjab into two.

Meanwhile, the second car focuses on the mass migration and rehabilitation that took place post-Partition and explores the humane angle.

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Source: https://www.indiatoday.in/cities/kolkata/story/-museum-on-wheels-kolkata-brings-history-closer-to-people-1842413-2021-08-18