Chaudhary Charan Singh: The Peasant Prime Minister of India

Chaudhary Charan Singh

This interview – most probably the last recorded interview of Chaudhary Charan Singh before his incapacitating stroke later that year – was recorded in Delhi on 12 April 1985, as part of Dr. Vijay Rana’s radio series ‘100 Years of Indian National Congress’ for the BBC Hindi Service. I arrived…

सरदार पटेल: “पाकिस्तान जब स्वर्ग बन जाएगा, उसकी थोड़ी ठंडी हवा हमको भी लगेगी.”

Sardar Patel

Sardar Patel’s speech at Calcutta Maidan on 3rd January 1948 कोलकाता के मैदान में भारत के गृहमन्त्री सरदार पटेल का भाषण, ३ जनवरी १९४८ अपनी स्पष्टवादिता के लिए विख्यात सरदार पटेल अपने इस भाषण में जूनागढ़ और कश्मीर के विलय के बारे में बात कर रहे हैं.  साथ ही पाकिस्तान…

B.R. Ambedkar: Life of the Mind & a Life in Politics

                      An extraordinary lecture by Ananya Vajpayee at the US Library of Congress on the life and times of Dr BR Ambedkar Ananya Vajpeyi presents a biography and intellectual history of B.R. Ambedkar, politician, jurist and principal architect of the constitution…

Bande Mataram sung by Tagore

This is an extraordinary find Bande Mataram sung by India’s greatest poet Rabindranath Tagore. Hemendra Mohan Bose (1864-1916) opened the Talking Machine Hall in Kolkata, a shop where one could get one’s voice recorded. Bose was a sound recording expert and also had an agency to sell Edison and Pathe…

When Netaji asked students to serve India

In this rare and inspiring  speech Netaji Subhash Bose asks Indian students to emulate the example of youth  in Russia, France and Italy to take part in freedom struggle and serve their country. The speech seems to be of the early 1940s when he was still a member of the…

Why speaker Somnath Chatterji is ashamed?

Distressed at the unruly behaviour of the Indian MPs in the house the speaker of Lok Sabha Somnath Chatterji said on Dec 7 that he is ashamed to be the speaker of this house. The issue was the opposition demand that the Congress leader Sonia Gandhi must resign because her…

NRIfm tribute to Chandrashekhar

As part of its tribute to the former Prime Minister Chandrashekhar, who died recently in Delhi after a prolonged illness, NRIfm presents a rare interview, with him. In  conversation with Vijay Rana in 1987,  Chandrashekhar talks about why socialism had failed in India. He was skeptical about the free market…

Jawaharlal Nehru

In Indian politics Jawaharlal Nehru occupies an unparalleled place. On the 20th October 1962 when the Chinese army invaded India, the Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was shocked. Nehru believed in friendship with China and had signed the Panchsheel treaty of peaceful coexistence with China in 1954. In Indian politics…

Tribute to IK Gujaral

From railway platform to the PM house – The story IK Gujaral in his own words Inder Kumar Gujral (4 December 1919 – 30 November 2012) the 12th Prime Minister of India from April 1997 to March 1998, came to New Delhi as a refugee after the partition of India and…