Cellular Jail – The story of a prison

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  1. Kaala Pani…..have heard of it…..and given a chance, would like to visit the place too….it is a compelling part of the historical narrative of our country….

  2. Rajlakshmi says:

    The stories hidden in those cells would be haunting … so much sacrifice and blood spilled in those days. Thanks for the recommendations. I hope I get to visit this place atleast once.
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  3. joe says:

    Well written.
    Had been here a few months ago (July to be precise) and I must say a must visit place for every Indian.
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  4. joe says:

    Well written.
    Had been her a few months ago (July to be precise) and I must say a must visit place for every Indian.
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  5. Deepa says:

    It is so much new information and never knew so much about the jails. Heard a lot about Andaman and its beauty..looking forward to other posts on it. Happy new year Parul. 🙂
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  6. Carlie says:

    Wow, this is fascinating but also so scary. I cannot imagine being in solitary confinement with no hope for release. I don’t gather this prison is to rehabilitate but to punish. From the outside it does not look as ugly as the prisons in the United States.

  7. Ah! Have been here a couple of years back. Yes indeed, it does make you think about the sacrifices done. can not even imagine the state of those who were confined inside.

  8. Ujwal Kumar Varnasi says:

    It was nice description of the Cellular Jail and the activities inside the jail. We realize how much struggle our people had put in towards freedom struggle. Now it makes me feel much proud of been an INDIAN and we have such a beautiful history to teach the next generations. The photos you have added are just awesome adding up to the explanation. I am waiting for my upcoming visit to this place with complete curiosity.Thanks Parul

  9. Bellybytes says:

    I don’t think I’d really like to visit a prison least of all after flying so many miles………….Prisons don’t fascinate me. I often feel that keeping people incarcerated does nothing for their spirit or their rehabilitation. Of course the prisoners at the Cellular jail weren’t real convicts but political prisoners but this kind of punishment doesn’t make them repentant in the least. On the contrary I think it makes them more determined to succeed.

    • Parul Thakur says:

      History fascinates me and for that reason, a visit to this prison was memorable. Of course, I did not travel miles to see one prison but if I hadn’t seen this, I would have felt sad. 🙂
      You are right that such a prison ensured our freedom.

  10. Bun Karyudo says:

    It sounds like an interesting place to visit but a very sad one in some ways. I’ve been to other prisons, castle dungeons and the like in various countries as a tourist, and very often the conditions people suffered were terrible and the so-called offenses for which they were being punished were not what most people would now call offenses at all.
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  11. This is an amazing peek at the place of torture of our freedom fighters. Gratitude for people we never met and thankfulNess that they career enough to make us live free.Thanks for sharing such a beautiful post

  12. Vinitha says:

    There was a malayalam movie Kaala pani which was released some 15 – 20 years ago. I haven’t watched it yet fearing how gruesome it was from the descriptions of others. How grim it must have been for those who had to endure these tortures in reality. Thanks for sharing this post, Parul. I would have never read about it otherwise.
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    • Parul Thakur says:

      I have watched that movie when we were kids. You are right – some 20 years ago. It was made in Hindi and the name was Saza-e-kaala-pani. It was gruesome. The movie was shot at this place and that is also how this place got its due share of name. Thank you Vinitha for reading.

  13. Vineeta says:

    I have read and heard about this cellular jail . In my childhood I was scared of name kaala pani
    Seeing it through your eyes I could imagine those tortures done to prisoners. I think everybody should visit to know the sacrifices done by our leaders .
    Your tips to visit it …is remarkable.

  14. Vineeta says:

    I have read and heard about this cellular jail . In my childhood I was scared of name kaala pani
    Seeing it through your eyes I could imagine those tortures done to prisoners. I think everybody should visit to know the sacrifices done by our leaders .
    Your tips to visit it …is remarkable.

  15. joshi daniel says:

    interesting to see now 🙂
    happy new year 🙂

  16. I’ve heard about this jail before but I love the simplicity and clarity with which you’ve talked about it. It really must be quite an experience visiting it and imagining what it must have been like for the brave but unfortunate people who were sent there. How hopeless they must have felt.

  17. Soumya says:

    Wow! Quite some history you have dug up. I had heard about this place a lot and it is nice to read so much about it. I’m looking forward to visit this place sometime soon.
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  18. Vinodini says:

    Wow, I never knew that it was possible to visit this jail. The only info most of us have on it is what we see in movies. Thanks for sharing these interesting details. Will surely visit it if I go to Port Blair.

  19. Informative post. We, the main landers, do not think much about these far flung islands but they have been an important part of our independence struggle. I can imagine getting goosebumps reading and hearing about the sacrifices of the large number of freedom fighters and being proud of them. I will not call myself patriotic but a few years ago when I visited Trafalgar Square in London, I saw a statue of the British General who had thwarted India’s first war of Independence of 1857. In that moment I was filled with agony. I have never felt patriotic as much as I felt that day.

  20. Damyanti says:

    Haven’t been to Andaman, but I know it is calling to me. Thanks for writing this piece. Tweeted and Pinned 🙂

  21. Esha says:

    I’ve heard about this story from so many people and everyone comes back from this visit moved to the core. Andaman has always been on my wish list of places to visit for a long time. Reading your post only made the urge to visit stronger. Thanks for sharing the pics…the shocking tales of the prisoners who were sentenced to “Kala Pani’ sends shudders down our spines even today!

  22. Chicky says:

    We can never even begin to imagine what our ancestors must have gone through to give us this Independence that most of us take for granted. Glad you shared about this place.
    A very Happy New Year to you, Parul!
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  23. Lata Sunil says:

    Parul, thanks for this walk in the Cellular jail. It does look so lonely and hopeless.

  24. Your post nudges me to go. So much history. So much pain and so much suffering for the country. Wonder if we could ever do that if need arises. Anyway, I digress as usual.
    Thanks for the tips. Will certainly refer to it when we make the trip.

  25. Rajiv Bakshi says:

    Parul Mam , I been to this place on one of my LTC tours a few years back . But a visit to the cellular jail looks that it’s a myth . But alas it’s true . It’s amazing . Proud to be an #Indian !

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