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Rare Photos Of Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

BBC REPORT ABOUT JAWAHARLAL NEHRU DEATH ON MAY 28, 1964

Jawaharlal Nehru, founder of modern India and its current prime minister, has died suddenly at the age of 74.

He was taken ill in the early hours of this morning at his house in New Delhi. He had returned from holiday at a hill station near the capital the previous evening, apparently in reasonable health.

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

It is believed he suffered a heart attack, and although specialists fought to save him for much of the day, he passed away early this afternoon with his daughter, Indira Gandhi, by his side.

News of his death was broken to the lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha, at 1400 local time (0830 GMT), by cabinet minister C Subramaniam.

In a broken voice, he told colleagues, "The prime minister is no more. The light is out."

People's tribute

Politicians openly wept as party leaders paid tribute to the man who has led India since independence from Britain 17 years ago.

The news spread quickly through the streets, and thousands of ordinary Indians began to converge on Mr Nehru's mansion in New Delhi.

RARE PHOTOS OF FIRST PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA PANDIT JAWAHARLAL NEHRU FUNERAL PROCESSION

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Rare Photos Of First Prime Minister Of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Funeral Procession

Within two hours of the announcement, tens of thousands of people had gathered, and truckloads of police took up positions outside the grounds to control the rapidly growing crowd.

Mr Nehru's body was moved from his first-floor bedroom down to a makeshift bier in front of the house.

Then began a long procession which lasted through the rest of the evening and into the night, as nearly 250,000 men, women and children filed past to pay their respects.

Battle for succession

The Home Minister, Gulzarilal Nanda, was sworn in as interim prime minister at midnight, although it is being emphasised that the appointment is temporary.

Pandit Nehru had not indicated who he would prefer to succeed him.

When the subject was raised just five days ago at a news conference, he said that although he had given some thought to the suggestion that he should retire, "my lifetime is not ending so very soon."

The man thought most likely to succeed him is Lal Bahadur Shastri, a Minister without Portfolio in Mr Nehru's cabinet with a reputation for moderation. He was a close political confidant of Mr Nehru.

Other possible candidates are Mr Nehru's daughter, Indira Gandhi, and the former finance minister, Morarji Desai.


THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER REPORT ABOUT JAWAHARLAL NEHRU DEATH ON MAY 28, 1964

Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India, is dead. At 2 p.m. local time today 460,000,000 people in this country that has been forged on the anvil of this one man's dreams and conflicts were plunged into the nightmare world which they have, in the last decade, come to dread as the "after Nehru" era.

At 6.25 a.m. today Mr Nehru, who had gone to sleep last night "fresh and fit" after his short holiday at a hill station, had a stroke. He lost consciousness almost immediately, but not before he had complained to his valet of a pain in the back. He died without regaining consciousness, and according to a member of his household, his death was due to "an internal haemorrhage, a paralytic stroke, and a heart attack."

His daughter, Mrs Indira Gandhi, had sent immediately for the three doctors who had been attending Mr Nehru since his last stroke some six months ago. They tried everything but failed.

Parliament, which had reassembled this morning for a special seven day session, had been told that the Prime Minister was sinking. MPs heard the news of his death at 2.05 p.m. During question hour Mr Nehru was to have replied to a series of questions about Kashmir and Sheikh Abdullah. Mr Gulzarilal Nanda, the Minister of Home Affairs, is taking charge of the caretaker Cabinet. There is to be a Cabinet meeting tomorrow morning. Mr Nanda is the most senior of the Ministers.

At about 4.00 this afternoon after the MPs and the Cabinet Ministers, the Congressmen and the Socialists and the Communists, the Hindus, the Sikhs and the Moslems, had gone in by a side door of the Prime Minister's house, I was allowed to see the body. My shoes joined the others outside, silent witnesses to a sacred moment.

I walked into a house laden with the smell of burning sandalwood sticks, softly past nameless white men in khadi into the bedroom in which he lay.

It was a white wake that was being kept in the bedroom on the first floor. One's first instinct was not to look at Mr Nehru but at the people around him.

After five minutes one dared to see him. No, the face was not waxen. No, the face was not sad. No, the face was not in pain. No, the face was not that of an old man.

The face was frozen into a mould of bewildered determination. In death as in life this was a face not of repose but of eager, impatient discovery.

One walked out to let in the diplomatists, the MPs, the Sikhs and the Hindus and the Moslems. They came - but they did not weep. Instead, the eyes shifted, there were tremors of disbelief, tinctured with moments of illumination as if this had to happen, and then the eyes shifted again. This time with fear.

Fear was the one dominant feeling one experienced as one came out. Fear that at this moment one had to avoid the reality of Nehru's death and the Pandora's box of suppressed ambitions it will release.

The funeral procession tomorrow will cover six miles. Mr Nehru will he cremated at Raj Ghat, where Gandhi was cremated. The last rites for this agnostic will be administered by Hindu priests.


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