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Friday , 31 August '07The 79th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi was celebrated in Free India amidst the never-ending reports of communal carnage.
Wednesday , 29 August '07The two World Wars and Gandhiji have brought about a radical change in our attitude to the whole question.
Saturday , 25 August '07Karachi was deemed the capital of the new nation of Pakistan. This, of course, was much before Islamabad became a reality. Readers of the Indian Express were given this thumbnail sketch of the city’s history and its rapid transformation
Thursday , 23 August '07As the violence spiralled out of control, whether in Lahore or Amritsar, leaders cutting across ethnic divides issued advisories for calm.
Wednesday , 22 August '07On April 28, 1947, India’s Constitution makers re-assembled in Constitution Hall. This brief five-day session saw the adoption of the Fundamental Rights as proposed by Sardar Patel on behalf of the Advisory Committee. An excerpt from an Indian Express article carried in the Independence Number
Tuesday , 21 August '07Among the various pieces commemorating Independence Day that were carried in the Indian Express of that time was one that took note of a work in progress — the drafting of a new constitution for a new nation...
Monday , 20 August '07With the Left threatening to withdraw support to the UPA Government, the Opposition BJP is eyeing a mid-term poll.
Saturday , 18 August '07The Indian Express Independence Number of 1947 carried special messages from various leaders, both at home and abroad. Sarojini Naidu was characteristically poetic, Maulana Azad typically circumspect, and there were many others
Friday , 17 August '07Partition and the whole independence process was dreadfully serious business. But there were some, like Indian Express columnist Pothen Joseph, who could still squeeze some humour out of all the frantic activity around him through his column, ‘Over a Cup of Tea’. We carry the piece he wrote for the ‘Independence Number’ of 1947...
Thursday , 16 August '07Scenes now lost in the mists of time emerge from this report, published in The Indian Express of August 17, 1947. Madras — specifically Fort St George — where the British first registered their presence, witnessed scenes of tumultuous joy as the Tricolour replaced the Union Jack on the Flag Staff. At around the same time, far away in Calcutta, Mahatma Gandhi was being mobbed by thousands who had gathered for his darshan
Wednesday , 15 August '07August 15, 1947 will go down in history as one of the most memorable days, not for India alone but for Asia and the world. For India...
Tuesday , 14 August '07Addressing the Constituent Assembly, Lord Mountbatten felt confident that India and her lenders would be worthy of her destiny...
Saturday , 11 August '07Could the new nation that was coming into being be trusted with running its own affairs? Dire predictions about how chaos would reign once the British left India’s shores did the rounds. In this article carried in the Indian Express’s Independence Number, commentator T.V. Acharya robustly took on the prophets of doom
Friday , 10 August '07Just before V.K. Krishna Menon was appointed high commissioner for India to the UK, he submitted this article to the Indian Express. There can be no looking back, he argued, the future will now have to be shaped by the millions who inhabit this land
Thursday , 9 August '07A committee was appointed to approve the flag of the new nation. After it had approved it, the flag was presented to the Constituent Assembly by Jawaharlal Nehru with characteristic enthusiasm and eloquence. He was repeatedly cheered as he talked about the flag “representing the spirit of the nation”
Wednesday , 8 August '07As leaders in Delhi were preparing for the tryst with freedom, Mahatma Gandhi was trying hard to lower passions in Calcutta. He was on his way to Noakhali but was asked by the desperate chief minister of Bengal to help him handle a volatile Calcutta. And he did so in his inimitable way. As this Indian Express report revealed, his good humour and good sense never left him for a minute
Tuesday , 7 August '07As the reality of Partition sank in, the dissatisfactions and fears were palpable. Nobody was particularly happy with what they were left with. The Congress was upset over the impending dismemberment of the country. M.A. Jinnah had to accept an arrangement that he had rejected in 1944 as “moth-eaten” and the Sikhs felt cheated that they had not been assigned a province that they could call their own. Two editorials written on June 5 and July 11, 1947, reflected the general dissatisfaction
Saturday , 4 August '07Independence Day was still almost a month away, but in the Constituent Assembly the contours of the future Republic of India were falling into place, worked out by committed men and women who were conscious that their inputs would crucially determine how the new state would function. Note, for instance, in this Indian Express report of July 18 1947, datelined New Delhi, on the proceedings of the Constituent Assembly, how members demanded increased representation
Friday , 3 August '07The eight-column banner headline on the front page of the Indian Express of July 20,1947 — a Sunday, incidentally — said it all: ‘India and Pakistan Dominions Take Birth’. From London, Fraser Wighton, Reuter’s political correspondent, captured with a rare eye for detail the pomp — and brevity — that marked the ceremony of King George’s assent to the Indian Independence Bill. He also recorded for posterity the fact that as the last secretary of state for India left the British Parliament, he passed a group of visitors which included Indians