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Thursday, September 28, 2006

India and Pakistan - Rare Pictures

Here are some rare pictures of the time of partition

Nehru and Gandhi at AICC meeting, July 1946

Direct Action Day: Calcutta, Aug.16, 1946.

Mountbatten arrives at Delhi airport; received by Nehru and Liaquat Ali. March 25, 1947

Aug. 15, 1947: Mountbatten swears Nehru in as Prime Minister of India

TRAIN TO PAKISTAN; India 1947. Trains packed with refugees - Hindus and Sikhs headed for India, and Muslims headed for Pakistan - were convenient targets for gangs of killers on both sides of the border. Inadequately protected 'Refugee Specials' were typically stopped, and the occupants butchered, several times in the course of the journey.

The dead - Punjab, 1947

Ghandhiji Addressing people

1948: The news of Gandhi's assassination hits the streets. A stunned crowd gathers in Calcutta.

1948: Crowds in New Delhi wait for a glimpse of Gandhi's funeral procession.

1971: Indira Gandhi reviews the troops, in the context of militaryand diplomatic preparations for the Bangladesh War.

A Library being divided at the time of partition. My heart trembles to see this sight and it is tough to imagine the state of the nation at the moment when people needed to hold hands.

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Siyaah said...

The library picture takes the cake. Splendid work finding these pics and showcasing them!

somnath said...

The most striking photos of this collection are the refugee-train-photo and the library photo. But the library photo is perhaphs the most heart rendering.

Richard said...

Very good collection of pictures. Let us hope such a painful experience is not repeated on the Indian sub continent. said...

It cannot really have success, I suppose so.

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