Exhibition Saga of Freedom – Known and Lesser-Known Struggles

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Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of State for Culture and Parliamentary Affairs today inaugurated an exhibition – ‘Saga of Freedom: Known & Lesser-known Struggle’ in New Delhi today. The exhibition is organized by the National Archives of India.

On the occasion, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal mentioned that this exhibition will bring out the real facts about different revolutions and various unsung heroes who have contributed to the freedom struggle. He further said that the unsung heroes will also be remembered along with the great freedom fighters through this exhibition organised by National Archives of India.

This exhibition is based on original government documents, cartographic records, newspapers, private papers, contemporary photographs and proscribed literature housed in the National Archives of India.

This exhibition provides a glimpse into a number of revolutionary movements and struggles in various parts of the country including: Revolt of Jungle Mahal, or Chuar Uprising (1771- 1809) (West Bengal), Sambalpur Revolt, Odisha (1827-62), Great uprising (1857), Kuka Namdhari Movement, Punjab (1871), Assassination of Plague Commissioner, Pune (Chapekar Brothers 1897), Munda Revolt, Ranchi (1894), Anushilan Samiti (1902), Alipore Bomb Conspiracy Case (1908), Howrah Gang Case (1910), Delhi-Lahore Conspiracy Case (1912), Ghadar Party 1913, Champaran Satyagarah (1917), Non-Cooperation Movement (1920), Chauri Chaura (1922), Rampa Rebellion, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh (1922-24), The Hindustan Socialist Republican Association (HSRA) 1923, Kakori Conspiracy Case (1925), Navjavan Sabha (1926-31), Kirti Kisan Movement, 1927, Chittagong Armoury Raid (1930), Civil Disobedience Movement/ Dandi March (1930), Central Assembly Bomb Case (1929) & Lahore Conspiracy Case (1931), Hareka movement (Rani Gaidinliu 1930), The Indian Independence League (1920s to the 1940s), Quit India Movement, (1942) and Royal Indian Navy Revolt 1946 etc.

This exhibition will remain open for public viewing till 30 September 2022 from 10: 00 am to 5:00 pm each day except on holidays.

The National Archives of India is an Attached Office under the Ministry of Culture. It is the nodal agency for the implementation of the Public Records Act, 1993 and Public Record Rules, 1997.

National Archives of India has at present in its repositories a collection of over 18.00 cr. pages of Public Records, which include files, volumes, maps, bills assented to by the President of India, treaties, rare manuscripts oriental records, private papers, cartographic records, an important collection of Gazettes and Gazetteers, Census records, Assembly and Parliament debates, proscribed literature, travel accounts etc. A major chunk of Oriental records are in Persian, Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit, Odiya etc.