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The 12-coach Azadi Express is a mobile exhibition showcasing India’s freedom struggle


Photo: Mohd. Yousuf

EDUCATIVE: Visitors going around the photo exhibition and illustrations depicting India’s freedom struggle in the Azadi Express in Secunderabad on Sunday.

HYDERABAD: The tri-coloured Azadi Express train exhibition showcasing the defining moments of India’s freedom struggle arrived at Secunderabad railway station on Sunday.

The 12-coach train displays rare and historically important photos, 3D models, murals and audio-visual presentations in each coach describing brutalities of the British imperialists and sacrifices made by Indians during the first Indian War of Independence in 1857 and other developments in the country.

The train began its journey from New Delhi on September 20, 2007 commemorating 150 years of freedom struggle and 60 years of Independence. Since then, it has been travelling the length and breadth of the country. The journey will end in the last lap from Meerut to New Delhi on May 11.

In the State, the train will cover Vijayawada, Rajahmundry and Visakhapatnam. At the Secunderabad railway station, the train exhibition will be open to public till Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

No planning

Some citizens were not too happy with the programming.

“It’s indeed a good initiative but lacked planning and good publicity among educational institutions to generate interest for school going children?” commented K. S. Chalapati Rao, a resident of Warasiguda.

Few others were annoyed at the way officials had stationed the train at the opposite end of Bhoiguda entrance.

Even the cultural troupe artistes had to perform on the road without a carpet. “Why are authorities so apathetic in organising this event which explains sacrifices of our freedom fighters”, visitors wondered.

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