How India’s Rare Moment in History Found Space in London’s Columns
Here’s how the British press covered India’s independence.
As 200 years of British Rule in India came to a close, and at the “stroke of the midnight hour,” when The Times, London went to press, it announced the birth of India and Pakistan, as the last Viceroy of India Lord Mountbatten formally handed over power to the two state leaders — Jawaharlal Nehru and Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
The Times depicted a map of independent India, accompanied by a tribute to the men of the British Army that had fought here.
The publication also highlighted Pandit Nehru’s iconic speech — Tryst with Destiny.
UK’s Life magazine also had a special issue on Lord Mountbatten, on the occasion of India’s independence, on August 15, 1947.
And across the border, Pakistan recorded its own moment of glory in the Dawn.
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