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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Museum at Yerwada Jail to showcase PoonaPact to mark the 75th anniversary

The authorities have decided to preserve the place where the Poona Pact — a treaty between Babasaheb Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi about reservations to the 'depressed class' — was signed.

The pact was signed in the Gandhi Yard under a tree. The jail is collecting documents pertaining to the pact, which will be displayed in the Yard. Apart from fresh entries pertaining to Mahatma Gandhi, the jail authorities have collected entries of Jawaharlal Nehru and the iron man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

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1. Take a walk with Soumik inside the Yerawada jail, Pune

Yerawada jail is the second largest prison in the country spanning across 52 acres of land and housing more than 3000 inmates. Approximate turnover of this jail is around 5.4 crore per year.

Soumik has taken these 20 photographs. I have blogged them individually so there are 20 blogs. These photos are very much appreciated by all for two reasons. First, because they are excellent, yes, Soumik is a talented professional photographer! Second, i blogged them when Hindi film star, Sanjay Dutt, was in the Yerawada Jail!

1. Main Gate 2. Inmates are making uniforms for the police force. 3. Display of the garments. 4. Warehouse of carpentry workshop. 5. Shoes for police. 6. The leather workshop. 7. The carpentry workshop, outside. 8. The carpentry workshop, inside. 9. Inmates inside their workshops. 10. The hand loom 1. 11. The hand loom 2. 12. The hand loom 3. 13. The hand loom 4. 14. Hand loom made of cycle wheel. 15. Dyed cloth. 16. Dying cloth 2. 17. Dying cloth 3. 18. Prisoner in dying unit. 19. Inside the compound. 20. Inside the compound.

2. It was not the kind of ‘independence’ Gandhiji wanted, he was in mourning.

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