Sunday, December 05, 2010

Nehru lighting a cigarette for the then British high commissioner's wife

Homai Vyarawalla, India's first woman photojournalist and the founder member
of WNCA, turned 94 this year. Her camera has captured some of the defining
moments in the country's political history.This black and white picture of
Nehru lighting a cigarette for the then British high commissioner's wife is
an absolute stunner.

2 comments:

sati shankar said...

One can well understand the differences made in upbringing and ways of life by different strata, in any society.All most all the public figures have their own private lives and people know that and no one bothers...moreover some time glimps...es from those are used by media to add spice....many stories are known on Nehru also.. so nothing astonishing on that front...
What comes as shocking here is that he has been presented as "High Ideal" in Text books, through which we, children now grown up,came to know him,...obviously a high ideal means high ideal... from the perspective of Indian society and culture...mind it ... it is not that which is found and seen in culturally cross-bred metros but where the REAL India lives even now...the countryside...the real segment of the Indian Society which "preserves its spiritual and cultural roots"...most often seen by Metro people as substandard... when they view them from their own Ivory tower positions...thanks to the polity and policy that has resulted in such shameful economic divide...within the country.

When a average Indian who finds his ideal Hero in positions, contrary to the image he has had not due to his own fault and misunderstanding but because that has been instilled in him right from his childhood.......
Otherwise, people understand quite well all those leaders or social figures not placed projected with such high ideal... that most are mentally, physically, economically Corrupt up to unimaginable depth.
That is why they regret they are forced to elect a thief out of thieves
to rob their destinies and their country.

sati shankar said...

To add a few words more... it is NOT stunning what Nehru is doing...he too is an ordinary mortal human being...
What is shocking why not has an honest image of him been introduces in text books, in social projections... why were people be-f...ooled...by educators ...