I don’t know how many of you have heard about the Supreme Court Museum, let alone been there. Perhaps there are few people who are interested in visiting museums as for many it is just another showcase of history. I remember the time when as a part of a school excursion, we were taken to the Parliament house and as we walked through the hallways visiting the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, we were struck by the magnificence of it all.
It was a similar kind of feeling that I encountered when we entered the Supreme Court premises. Thanks to my friend whose father is the Solicitor General of India, we could easily get passes made to see the court proceedings and also see the office of the Solicitor General.
After watching a few heated debates on several cases being fought in the Supreme Court on that day, we were in awe of the judicial system. Amidst all its drawbacks and criticisms it faced, it still stands tall and guards the country from tyranny. The museum, though integral to its campus and open to the public is not known to many. The Museum Building which was inaugurated on 27th September, 2001 by the then Chief Justice of India, Dr. A.S. Anand continue to mirror the history, development and dispensation of Indian legal system. It contains two interesting galleries on two built levels. One gallery focuses on the evolution of India’s justice system, which harks back to the Indus Valley civilization. It houses select memorabilia pertinent to the judiciary in India and its heritage.
The second gallery is dedicated to the Federal and Supreme Courts with exhibits including an early 20th century judge’s chair, portraits of chief justices and judges of the British and posts independent era, a typewriter on which the judgments were typed and original manuscripts of landmark cases including the assassination case of Mahatma Gandhi and Indira Gandhi amongst others. Studying Indian government and politics, it was so exhilarating to see the original manuscripts of landmark judgments which marked the tussle between the judiciary and the Parliament especially during the tumultuous years of the Emergency.
The Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Reaching there is no trouble at all as it is just a small walk away from the Pragati Maidan Metro Station.
The travel up and down merely took Rs. 32. On our wayback home, we stopped to have the famous Choor Choor Naan right outside Moolchand Metro Station which cost Rs. 80.
Total cost: Rs.112
Contributed by Izra Nawas