A brief overview of some offbeat and unique museums in Delhi which are worth a visit.


  1. Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

This museum is certainly interesting, and if you find museums boring, this museum certainly won’t seem mundane to you. The Sulabh Museum, as the name suggests, contains various exhibits related to the history of toilets from 2500 B.C. to the present day. Divided into three sections, the ancient, the medieval, and the modern, it highlights toilet-related technology from all over the world. The closest metro station is Dwarka sector 9. It would be easy to say without a doubt that the things you will learn at this museum, you won’t get to learn anywhere else. If you haven’t visited a lot of museums, it would be a good idea to keep this museum as number 1 (no pun intended).

Image Credits: Sulabh International
Image Credits: Sulabh International


  1. Ghalib Museum and Library


A short auto ride from Hazrat Nizamuddin metro station, The Ghalib Museum and Library is a museum dedicated to the life and times of 18th century Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib. This museum should be on the list of every poetry aficionado and fan of Mirza Ghalib. It is also interesting for those who like history as the museum also houses several coins, seals, as well as pictures of residences and attire from Ghalib’s time. The museum is located in the Ghalib Academy building. Humayun’s Tomb and Nizamuddin Auliya’s tomb are also situated at a walking distance from the museum.

Image Credits: Little Black Book
Image Credits: Little Black Book

3) National Philatelic Museum


A treat for those of us who liked to collect postage stamps and other souvenirs, the national Philatelic Museum is operated by the Department of Post and contains stamps from throughout India’s history and stamps from all over the world. It also exhibits the very first postage stamp used in India in 1854. The museum also contains an amphitheatre, a library, and an area where artists can sit and work. This museum is located in Dak Bhawan and the closest metro station is Patel Chowk on the yellow line.

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4) Shankar’s International Doll Museum


The International Doll Museum might be one of the most diverse museums in terms of where the exhibits are from. Established in 1965, the museum contains 6500 exhibits from 85 countries. It is definitely a must-visit to rekindle that childhood love and fascination many of us have had with dolls. It is right next to the ITO metro station and is situated in Children’s Book trust-building. It was set up by K. Shankar Pillai, a political cartoonist. The museum began due to Shankar’s idea to collect dolls from various countries and hold exhibitions for poor children after he was gifted a doll from a Hungarian diplomat.

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Image Credits: Trip

5) Tibet House


An auto ride from either Khan Market or Pragati Maidan metro station, Tibet House is a museum, library, and educational centre present in Lodhi Colony. The five-storied building was established in 1965 by the Dalai Lama to showcase the culture and heritage of Tibet, and also acts as a centre for Buddhist studies. The museum, which takes up one floor is quite small but showcases an interesting range of ancient Tibetan artefacts and craftwork which you might not get to see anywhere else. The library contains a wide range of books about Tibet. Many old and rare books in the library in Tibetan, English, or other languages are found there. Events and programmes on culture and politics in Tibet are also held regularly.

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Image Credits: Delhi Capital

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Prabhanu Kumar Das

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29 January – 2 February 2013

Press Conference

Date:     Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Venue:  Press Club of India (New Delhi)

Time:    15.00hrs  

Day 1:  Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Public Gathering with Address by Prominent Indian Political Leaders

Venue:  Talkatora Indoor Stadium

Time:  12.00hrs – 16.30hrs

Day 2:  Thursday, 31 January 2013

Interfaith Prayer and Peace March from Rajghat to Jantar Mantar

Venue:  Rajghat and Jantar Mantar

Time:  10.30hrs – 16.30hrs

Day 3:  Friday, 1 February 2013

Mass Prayers and Daylong Fast

Venue:  Jantar Mantar/Parliament Street

Time:  10.30hrs – 16.30hrs

Day 4:  Saturday, 2 February 2013

Public Gathering with Indian Supporters and Speeches by Indian MPs/Prominent Indians

Venue:  Jantar Mantar/Parliament Street

Time:  10.30hrs – 16.30hrs

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Tibet: A Historical Background

Tibet, located across the Himalayas, became a nation in the 2nd century B.C. From then on, till the 9th century A.D., a dynasty of 43 successive kings ruled over a sovereign, united Tibet of three provinces and emerged as one of the most powerful and prosperous nations in Central Asia. From 9th century AD, Tibet disintegrated into small principalities. From the 13th century to the 17th century, Tibet was ruled by a series of hegemonies such as Sakya, Phagdru, Rinpung and Tsangpa.

In the year 1642 A.D., His Holiness the Fifth Dalai Lama founded a government which ruled Tibet for the subsequent three centuries until the invasion of Tibet by Communist China in 1949. Until then, Tibet maintained its steady position as a peaceful buffer state between the two Asian giants – India and China.

In 1949, the Chinese Communists established their rule over Mainland China and as per their policy of expansion, started invading Tibet from its eastern borders. Hence, in the early 1950s, revolts against the Chinese occupying forces started erupting in Eastern Tibet, ultimately culminating in the 1959 National Uprising in the capital city, Lhasa. Thus, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, his government, and over 80,000 Tibetans sought refuge in India. As a result of the Chinese occupation of Tibet more than 1.2 million Tibetans have lost their lives and 6,000 monasteries were destroyed.

What’s going on in Tibet?

Tibet, ruled by China since 1959, has been under virtual martial law since the peaceful protests that swept across the Tibetan plateau in 2008. As a result of over 50 years of Chinese hard-line policies leading to political repression, cultural assimilation, Chinese population transfer, economic marginalisation and environmental destruction, Tibetans inside Tibet began protesting  through self-immolation (the act of setting one’s body on fire) in 2009. In the absence of space for conventional forms of protest, Tibetans are left with no other option. As of January 10, 2013, 97 Tibetans are confirmed to have self-immolated and 82 of them have died. The whereabouts and conditions of the surviving 15 remain unknown. The self-immolations have taken place across geographical regions and social groups in Tibet including monks, nuns, students, nomads, farmers, intellectuals, and artistes. Though most of the self immolators are young, their ages range from 16 to 64.

China’s Response to Tibetan Self-immolations

Rather than objectively investigating the causes behind the self-immolations and re-evaluating their policies in Tibetan areas, the Chinese authorities have responded to the self-immolations with further repressive policies and dismissed them as “acts of terrorism incited by the ‘Dalai clique’”.

Besides complete regional lockdown, heavy-handed measures have been put in place to punish the self-immolators’ family and friends through criminal prosecution. Self-immolation is now classified as a criminal act and anyone who organizes, plots, incites, coerces, entices, or assists another to carry out self-immolations is to be held criminally liable for intentional homicide.

Why Tibet Matters to India

National Security

Historically, Tibet served as a buffer state between India and China. If the issue of Tibet is resolved peacefully, Tibet could serve as a bridge between the two most populous nations in the world.

Environmental Security

As the roof of the world and the water tower of Asia, irreversible environmental destruction in Tibet bears severe consequences for the entire world, particularly the neighbouring downstream countries. The PRC government plans to divert Tibet’s mighty rivers northward to feed the arid areas. These river waters are a lifeline to India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Bhutan, Nepal, Cambodia, Pakistan, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, which make up 47 percent of the global population.

Indian Cultural Heritage

Cultural and religious ties between India and Tibet are more than 13 centuries old. Tibet is an extension of Indian cultural heritage, with Tibetan Buddhism originating from India. The advent of Buddhism in Tibet had completely transformed the Tibetan people’s way of life. Tibetan script was also derived from India’s Devnagri script. Therefore, Tibetans often describe their relationship to India as that of a Guru (teacher) and Tibetans as chela (student).

Despite over 50 years of repressive Chinese policies aimed at eradicating Tibetan identity, Tibetans inside Tibet remain firm in their determination to pursue their aspirations. Most of the self-immolators are young Tibetans, who were born after the Cultural Revolution and have never met His Holiness the Dalai Lama. They were driven to self-immolate as a result of their direct personal experience with the Chinese hard-line and discriminatory policies in Tibet. In its efforts to find a lasting solution to the situation in Tibet, the Central Tibetan Administration remains fully committed to non-violence and pursuit of dialogue.


What Can You Do: 

Join the Solidarity with Tibet Campaign by:

  • Sharing the link to www.solidaritywithtibet.org on your facebook page and other social networking sites;
  • Organize a presentation on the current situation in Tibet;
  • Write to your local MLAs and MPs requesting them to raise the Tibet issue in the State Legislative Assembly and the Parliament;
  • Write articles in your local newspaper and magazines about the current situation in Tibet;
  • Set up a Tibet Support Group in your locality i.e. schools, colleges, universities;
  • Organize rallies and vigils to show solidarity with Tibet and raise public awareness on the issue.

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An organisation called ‘India for a free Tibet’

48 Tibetan students of Delhi University were arrested and sent in custody to Tihar Jail for protesting in front of the Chinese Embassy in Chanakya Puri . The protest was aimed at condemning the human rights violation and Chinese crackdown on Tibetans and culture and religious repression in Tibet.

The 48 students including 19 boys and 29 girls gathered to protest at around 11am on 16th February. The protest lasted for 20 minutes. During the protest, the police carried out a lathi charge, because of which many students got beaten up and one girl was injured and had to be hospitalized. They were all arrested and sent to the Chanakya Puri Police station and around 7pm, they were sent to Tihar Jail. They were released only on the evening of 18th February.

There have been 25 self-immolations since 2009 in Tibet, and most of them wereteenagers. They torched their bodies for the freedom of the Tibetan people and the independence of Tibet (as some of the self-immolators expressly stated). “Even the call by most of the self-immolators for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet must be interpreted as a call for the restoration of an independent Tibet, as the Dalai Lama”, says a Tibetan student in the University.

“The recent self-immolations are a sign of the frustration and outburst of resentment that the Tibetans have suppressed in their heart for more than 50 long years against Chinese communist regime. And the DU students who protested in front of the Chinese embassy wanted to bring forth the message that enough is enough and that the Communist government should stop their inhumane actions which compels the innocent Tibetans back in Tibet to take such drastic steps. It’s a grave time in Tibet and the whole world needs to be awared of the current situation in Tibet. Right now Tibetan parts of China have been put under even tighter security than normal ahead of the Tibetan new year, which falls on February 22nd. Free Tibet”, says Rinzin Choedon, a DU student and coordinator of Delhi Chapter of the Students for a free Tibet.

Students for a Free Tibet, Delhi is a Delhi based network of students working in solidarity with the Tibetans in their struggle for freedom.