THE GENERATION

1947 PROJECT

Our ongoing project, The Generation 1947 Project, aims to record and archive the personal stories of Indian citizens who have witnessed life in pre-independent India, as well as the subsequent formative nation-building years. The focus of the project goes well beyond the political climate of the time. Citizens tell us about their personal lives, their social lives, about the culture and community they grew up in, and how times have changed. The project also digitally preserves various records such as letters, newspapers, documents, personal pictures, historical pictures, and other memorabilia from this period.

Airmail from Karachi to Calcutta begins

26-Jun-2017,    The Citizens' Archive of India

Sometimes envelopes are more interesting than the letters inside. Check out this envelope dated 1933. The stamp on the left hand side indicates the opening of a regular airmail service from Karachi through Calcutta, across India.

Vaidya Suresh Chaturvedi’s 1947 Story

11-Aug-2017,    The Citizens' Archive of India

Vaidya Suresh Chaturvedi left Lahore in June 1947, and was in Bombay by 15th August. He describes the parades on the streets, in which the famous Kapoor family of Hindi Cinema participated as well!
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Mrs. Pramodini Narulkar’s 1947 Story

08-Aug-2017,    The Citizens' Archive of India

On the Independence Day in 1947, Mrs. Pramodini Narulkar lived on Laburnum Road in Bombay. She describes the fanfare outside her home. However, being a girl, she was not allowed to join in as her father was worried about the crowds. This is her 1947 Story.
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Mr. Arun Bhatia’s 1947 Story

09-Aug-2017,    The Citizens' Archive of India

Mr. Bhatia recalls how he celebrated Independence Day with his parents and brothers. However he also shares a homeless man’s experience of the day.
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Brig. Pandurang (Mohan) Narulkar’s 1947 Story

08-Aug-2017,    The Citizens' Archive of India

Brig. Pandurang (Mohan) Narulkar was a cadet in the Indian Military Academy in Dehra Dun on the day of Independence, and remembers that his best friends opted to join the Pakistani Army. They did however, find time to celebrate first. This is Brig. Narulkar’s 1947 Story.
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Mr. Nand Kishore Nautiyal’s 1947 Story

15-Aug-2017,    The Citizens' Archive of India

Mr. Nautiyal remembers listening to Jawaharlal Nehru’s famous ‘Tryst With Destiny speech’ from the treetops outside Parliament. Like most of his generation, he says he has never been able to get the beautiful map of Undivided India, that he had learnt to draw in school, out of his mind.
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Mr. Arun Bhatia’s Story of the Quit India Movement

09-Aug-2017,    The Citizens' Archive of India

Mr. Bhatia lived in Bombay during the Quit India Movement, and speaks about burning an effigy of Winston Churchill. Seven-year-old Mr. Bhatia then realised that Mahatma Gandhi had stirred up the spirits of the Indian people, who wanted the #British to #QuitIndia as soon as possible.
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Mrs. Bhanu Bhatia’s 1947 Story

09-Jun-2017,    The Citizens' Archive of India

Mrs. Bhatia remembers celebrating Independence Day at her school in Bombay. This is her 1947 Story.
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Mr. Harisingh Goculdas’ 1947 Story

26-Jun-2017,    The Citizens' Archive of India

Mr. Goculdas remembers the celebrations that took place on the streets of Bombay. This is his 1947 Story
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Mrs. Pushpa Bhatia’s 1947 Story

12-Jun-2017,    The Citizens' Archive of India

Mrs. Bhatia was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and moved to India shortly after Independence. This is her 1947 Story.
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Mrs. Hira Bhojwani’s 1947 Story

12-Jun-2017,    The Citizens' Archive of India

Mrs. Bhojwani grew up in Larkana in modern-day Pakistan, and Santiniketan in Bengal. This is her 1947 Story.
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Airmail from Karachi to Calcutta begins

,    The Citizens' Archive of India

Sometimes envelopes are more interesting than the letters inside. Check out this envelope dated 1933. The stamp on the left hand side indicates the opening of a regular airmail service from Karachi through Calcutta, across India.

Vaidya Suresh Chaturvedi’s 1947 Story

11-Aug-2017,    The Citizens' Archive of India

Vaidya Suresh Chaturvedi left Lahore in June 1947, and was in Bombay by 15th August. He describes the parades on the streets, in which the famous Kapoor family of Hindi Cinema participated as well!
view video

Mrs. Pramodini Narulkar’s 1947 Story

08-Aug-2017,    The Citizens' Archive of India

On the Independence Day in 1947, Mrs. Pramodini Narulkar lived on Laburnum Road in Bombay. She describes the fanfare outside her home. However, being a girl, she was not allowed to join in as her father was worried about the crowds. This is her 1947 Story.
view video

Mr. Arun Bhatia’s 1947 Story

09-Aug-2017,    The Citizens' Archive of India

Mr. Bhatia recalls how he celebrated Independence Day with his parents and brothers. However he also shares a homeless man’s experience of the day.
view video

Brig. Pandurang (Mohan) Narulkar’s 1947 Story

08-Aug-2017,    The Citizens' Archive of India

Brig. Pandurang (Mohan) Narulkar was a cadet in the Indian Military Academy in Dehra Dun on the day of Independence, and remembers that his best friends opted to join the Pakistani Army. They did however, find time to celebrate first. This is Brig. Narulkar’s 1947 Story.
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Mr. Nand Kishore Nautiyal’s 1947 Story

15-Aug-2017,    The Citizens' Archive of India

Mr. Nautiyal remembers listening to Jawaharlal Nehru’s famous ‘Tryst With Destiny speech’ from the treetops outside Parliament. Like most of his generation, he says he has never been able to get the beautiful map of Undivided India, that he had learnt to draw in school, out of his mind.
view video

Mr. Arun Bhatia’s Story of the Quit India Movement

09-Aug-2017,    The Citizens' Archive of India

Mr. Bhatia lived in Bombay during the Quit India Movement, and speaks about burning an effigy of Winston Churchill. Seven-year-old Mr. Bhatia then realised that Mahatma Gandhi had stirred up the spirits of the Indian people, who wanted the #British to #QuitIndia as soon as possible.
view video

Mrs. Bhanu Bhatia’s 1947 Story

09-Jun-2017,    The Citizens' Archive of India

Mrs. Bhatia remembers celebrating Independence Day at her school in Bombay. This is her 1947 Story.
view video

Mr. Harisingh Goculdas’ 1947 Story

26-Jun-2017,    The Citizens' Archive of India

Mr. Goculdas remembers the celebrations that took place on the streets of Bombay. This is his 1947 Story
view video

Mrs. Pushpa Bhatia’s 1947 Story

12-Jun-2017,    The Citizens' Archive of India

Mrs. Bhatia was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and moved to India shortly after Independence. This is her 1947 Story.
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Mrs. Hira Bhojwani’s 1947 Story

12-Jun-2017,    The Citizens' Archive of India

Mrs. Bhojwani grew up in Larkana in modern-day Pakistan, and Santiniketan in Bengal. This is her 1947 Story.
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