School students and followers of Mahatma Gandhi queued up to visit an exhibitory van on the second day of the mobile exhibition ‘Reminisces of Gandhi’ at Podar World School in Jaipur on Tuesday. Audio and video documentaries on tablets depicting Gandhi’s historic speeches or agitations were a special attraction to them.
The exhibition reached Jaipur on Monday after visiting Jodhpur and Ajmer. Flagged off from Porbandar, his birthplace on October 2, the van is expected to reach Delhi by October 29 where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to address the 3rd India Africa forum summit 2015.
The exhibition depicts the life and struggle of Gandhi in the pre-independence era with five-minute long documentaries on his student life in South Africa, Quit India movement, Satyagraha, India’s independence and his death respectively.
“Gandhi did not believe in communalism and propagated tolerance among different faiths. I think he would have been disappointed after seeing the volatile situation of this country,” said Aayesha Khanum, 28, a visitor at the mobile exhibition at Albert Hall on Tuesday.
“Today, Gandhi’s influence has been limited to dry day on his birth anniversary and seeing his face every time we pull out a currency from our wallets,” said 68-year-old Narain Singh, a retired government employee.
People also felt that Gandhi has been ‘misused’ by political parties as mere tokenism. “Erecting statues or issuing postal stamps is not going to help us achieve Gandhiji’s dreams about India. Today, one government after the other is busy indulging in scams and riots,” said Abhijit Bhisey, another visitor.
“Gandhiji wanted a clean and green India and students should ensure that his dream becomes a reality,” said Nitin Agarwal, a Class 8 student of Podar World School.