Most of the people who visit the Parliament of India, Delhi, get astounded by just seeing the British architectural building. My colleagues and I got lucky on February 7, 2018, when we got a chance to visit the Parliament of India inside out.
As we stood in a queue to submit everything we acquired (cell phone, watch, wallet, keys, and sunglasses, etc.), there were also several security checks before we all can finally see the ongoing iconic Lok Sabha Session from the Public Gallery.
The first face that we all came across was of Asaduddin Owaisi (Member of the Indian Parliament, Hyderabad) while he was stating the bunch of journalists. The aura inside the Parliament and Lok Sabha was astounding; we watched renowned Indian politicians debating with each other.
Apparently, one can quickly follow the procedure to visit the Parliament of India and attend the session for at least one hour, but this federal building has more to offer than some dominant faces yelling at each other.
Have a look!
The museum inside the Parliament is a unique storytelling gallery that feels so much alive because of its interactiveness and virtual reality setting. The museum, inaugurated in the year 2006 has so many things to offer that before you realise, you become its fan and feel glad to have witnessed such epic collections.
Among the first things you get to notice are life-like sculptures that depict the stories from Ashoka's vision and teachings to the primary ever election that took place in independent India after getting the freedom from Britishers.
The drafting committee for the constitution of India was elected in the year 1947. B.R. Ambedkar was (then) the President of this board. There's a dedicated section which shows precisely how and at what time this committee sat together to finalise the constitution of the world's biggest democratic country.
The sculptures include the figures of B.R. Ambedkar, K.M. Munshi, N. Madhava Rao, D.P. Khaitan, Iyer, N.Gopalaswami Ayyangar, T.T. Krishnamachari (Congress), Syed Mohammad Saadullah (Muslim league).
As you move ahead and look around, the next unbelievable thing you come across is a blue-colour studio-like electronic room with a VR-screen in which you see yourself. The managers of the studio are always around; you can request them to turn the screen on to participate in the 1930s Dandi March led by Mahatma Gandhi.
Yes, you heard it right. Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi's ashes are still kept intact at the Parliament Museum in New Delhi, India.
And not only hear, but sit with the sculptures of the legends like Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and others who were present at the time of this speech at the midnight hour on 15th August 1947.
Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States of America, presented this rock to India as a sign of unity and peace. It is also featured in the Parliament Museum.
Museum in the Parliament also features the gifts that Indian politicians have received from the world leaders during their foreign country visits. The library has a collection of awards that date back to the 90s.
If you remember, the Parliament of India was attacked by terrorists on 13 December 2001. The spot of the bullets can still be spotted on the pillars of the Parliament of India.
At last, the museum in the Parliament of India offers some of the handmade and antique souvenir items at low rates for you to purchase. Just in case if you want to take home some memories.
That's all, folks!