Sunday, January 24, 2010

Independence Day Special

Nehruji and Gandhiji at All India Congress Committe (AICC) meeting in July 1946.
File picture of 1936 of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, one of the greatest freedom fighters and leader of Indian National Congress in Bombay. (BCCL)
Mountbatten at Delhi airport and being received by Nehru and Liaquat Ali on March 25, 1947.
A file photo of veteran freedom fighter Lokmanya Bal Ganghadar Tilak in study, correcting proofs of publication 'Kesari Leader'. (BCCL)
AICC Session: Freedom movement leaders Mahatma Gandhi, Mrs Kasturba Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel arriving to attend Congress session at Haripura (Gujarat) in 1938. Subhash Charndra Bose was elected Congress President against the wishes of Mahatma Gandhi, in this session. (BCCL)
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru (centre) takes part in a garden party, during freedom movement days, at Madhav Baug in Bombay on September 22, 1937. (BCCL)
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, one of the most prominent and highly respected leaders of the Indian independence movement, getting down from a German airlines plane, on February 06, 1938. (BCCL)
Congressmen bid farewell to Party leader Subhash Chandra Bose (garland in hand), who is leaving for Australia, at Karachi airport, Karachi in 1932. (BCCL)
Subhash Chandra Bose, Mayor of Calcutta Municipal Corporation, after he was greeted by municipal corporation officials, in Calcutta in 1930. (BCCL)
Mahatma Gandhi (right) and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel listening a musical concert during the opening of the exhibition at Haripura Congress session, on February 20, 1938. (BCCL)
Portrait of Kasturba Gandhi, wife of Mahatma Gandhi, in 1934. (BCCL)
Mahatma Gandhi along with Rajendra Prasad and Abul Kalam Azad goes through the agenda of subject committee meeting of Congress Party in Bombay on October 24, 1934. (BCCL)
Congress Meeting: Mahatma Gandhi along with Rajendra Prasad and Abul Kalam Azad goes through the agenda of subject committee meeting of Congress Party in Bombay on October 24, 1934. (BCCL)
Mohammed Ali Jinnah (3rd from left) with wife Rattanbai Jinnah and Muslim Leauge office-bearers at Santa Cruz airport in Bombay during 1935, awaiting departure for London on an invitation from the British viceroy. (BCCL)
Mahatma Gandhi (centre) comes out after meeting the leader of the Muslim League, Mohammad Ali Jinnah (3rd from left), in New Delhi on April 28, 1938. Congress leader and freedom activist, Jawaharlal Nehru (4th from left) is also seen. (BCCL)
Pakistan High Commissioner to India Ghaznafar Ali Khan poses for The Times of India prior to the Independence Day in New Delhi on August 12, 1953. (BCCL)
Prime Minister of the nation, Morarji Desai (left), hoists the national flag to mark the 30th anniversary of Independence Day, at the rampant of Red Fort, in New Delhi on August 15, 1977. (BCCL)
Independence Day celebration on August 15, 1949. Indian Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru taking the salute from the Red Fort after unfurling the the National flag. S Baldeo Singh is seen on his right. (BCCL)
Lord and Lady Mountbatten with Muslim League leader Mohammad Ali Jinnah (centre) in New Delhi during 1940s. (BCCL)
Lord Louis Mountbatten (white apparel) is sworn in as the first governor-general of Independent India by Chief Justice Sir Patrick Spens (black robes), in New Delhi on March 24, 1947. (BCCL)
File photo of Indira Priyadarshani, who later became Indira Gandhi and Congress activist Feroze Gandhi at a garden in New Delhi in 1937.  (BCCL)
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi addresses the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi on 24th Independence Day on August 15, 1970. (BCCL)
A post-1938 file photo of Jawaharlal Nehru's daughter Indira Gandhi and the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi in Bombay. (BCCL)
A file picture of 1918 shows barrister Jawaharlal Nehru and wife Kamla Nehru with one year old daughter Indira in Bombay. (BCCL)
A file picture of 1950 shows Prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru with his daughter Indira Priyadarshini in Bombay. (BCCL)
A file picture of 1919 of child Indira priyadarshini in mother Kamla Nehru's laps in Bombay. (BCCL)
'Iron Man of India' Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel despite being ill, guides efforts against plague in Bardoli. (BCCL)
A 1940s' file picture of Iron Man of India Sardar Patel (left) with Congress leader and Independence stalwart Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and latter's daughter and freedom activist Indira Gandhi (centre) in New Delhi. (BCCL)
Congress workers sing national songs while making salt from sea water, as part of 'salt satyagrah' in Bombay on September 5, 1930. (BCCL)
Congress leader and freedom fighter Jawaharlal Nehru (2nd from L) interacts with other activists of the freedom struggle, during the launch of 'Quit India' movement on June 18, 1942. (BCCL)
The Times of India captures in its lens months before Independence the horrific scenario of riots in Bombay as people gather to salvage their belongings on September 15, 1946. (BCCL)
A warm send-off to 'satyagrahis' led by Vaidya Khadiwale as they proceed to Hyderabad state, in Bombay on November 11, 1938.  (BCCL)
Freedom fighter Miss Taleyarkhan tasting the salt that was prepared at Worli (a seaside place in Bombay), followed by thousands of people flocking to break the salt law of the British Raj. (BCCL)
Nehru along with Mountbatten on the first Independence Day in Delhi on August 15, 1947.
Mountbatten swears in Jawaharlal Nehru as first Prime Minister of independent India on August 15, 1947.
After swearing in as the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru gives his first speech holding an Indian flag on August 15, 1947.

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