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Jawaharlal Nehru

The burden of iconography: Congress workers carrying cutouts of Nehru and Indira

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit pay floral tributes at Shanti Vana on the 45th death anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, in New Delhi.

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi at Shanti Vana on the 45th death anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, in New Delhi.

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Children pay floral tribute to Jawahar Lal Nehru's portrait on his 45th death anniversary in Allahabad.

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School children offer floral tribute to a portrait of Jawaharlal Nehru on his 40th death anniversary at Anand Bhawan in Allahabad.

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Jawaharlal NehruThe urbane Kashmiri Pandit (1889-1964) with a rose in his buttonhole and a dream in his eyes was the architect of democratic, modern India. As Gandhi's political heir, he headed free India's first government for 17 years. He shaped the country's secular foundation and -for better or worse- its economic future and an independent window to the world.

Kanu Gandhi

Nation Builder
Jawaharlal Nehru addresses the press in Delhi in 1947, shortly before Independence

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru-- Lady Edwina Mountbatten 
This was a menage a trois straight out of Truffaut’s Jules et Jim, but minus the angst and the heartbreak. Lord Mountbatten apparently accepted his wife’s relationship with Nehru, making them a rather unusual ‘happy threesome’. Her daughter Pamela Mountbatten’s recent declaration that the relationship was a platonic one won’t stem a flood of speculation that has lasted half a century.

After midnight
Jawaharlal Nehru addresses the nation on August 15, 1951

N. Thiagarajan

Henri Cartier-Bresson 
"If one photographs people, it is their inner look that must be revealed... Above all, I craved to seize the whole essence, in the confines of one single photograph, of some situation that was unrolling before my eyes.

Magnum Photos

The Indies in India, 1948-49: The 1948-49 West Indies team to India with Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. This was the first time the mighty West Indians were in India.

Children's Day. 119th birth anniversary of Jawahar Lal Nehru.

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