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Historic pictures of India

October 17, 2008

Mahatma Gandhi and Jinnah in a heated conversation. A well-known photograph recently attributed to Kulwant Roy.

Gandhi and Jinnah in a heated conversation. A well-known photograph recently attributed to Kulwant Roy


String serenade

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

Nation Maker
Jinnah, sitting on a sofa like a modern potentate, surveys the scene from atop a truck at a procession in Allahabad in the 1940s, during a Muslim League session

Jinnah, sitting on a sofa like a modern potentate, surveys the scene from atop a truck at a procession in Allahabad in the 1940s, during a Muslim League session

Breadwinners
Workers gather to collect their wages from a ‘pay van’, as it was called, at the Bhakra Nangal project area in the 1950s

Workers gather to collect their wages from a 'pay van', as it was called, at the Bhakra Nangal project area in the 1950s

Tons Of Joy
Wrestling champ ‘Daula’ pins down his English adversary ‘Clark’, to the patent dismay of the referee, at a fundraiser for the Lahore Warplanes Fund, the Police Spitfire Fund and the Minto Park Fund, in Lahore in the late 1930s

Wrestling champ Daula pins down his English adversary Clark

Talks For Merger
Sardar Patel and the Maharaja of Patiala confer during a meeting of the Phulkian Union, an umbrella body of princely states, in Patiala, shortly after Independence

Gandhi and Jinnah in a heated conversation

Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan and Jawaharlal Nehru walk to a Congress meeting while Sardar Patel is pulled alongside in a rickshaw. Roy’s access provided him with ample opportunities for informal photographs.


Nehru with his grandson, Rajiv Gandhi, and his daughter, Indira Gandhi, in an undated photo from the Kulwant Roy Collection. (Aditya Arya Archives, Kulwant Roy Collection )

11.2 million % inflation! How is Zimbabwe surviving?

September 20, 2008

via: http://www.rediff.com/money/2008/sep/18slde1.htm

Zimbabwe’s inflation rate has just touched a stratospheric level of 11.2 million per cent! Yes, 11.2 million per cent, the highest in the world’s history!

Compare that to the rate of inflation in India — which is hovering at the 12 per cent level and causing so much turmoil for Indians as the cost of commodities rises sharply — and perhaps you can put things in proper perspective.

And while the world and its brother-in-law shed tears as the United States slips into a recession and major stock markets across the world plummet, spare a thought for Zimbabwe where money has no value, and hunger, poverty and death are constant companions. So why is Zimbabwe facing such times?

Image: A Zimbabwean man holds a new Z$ 500 million note.

Read on. . .