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Ran across this stuff on Youtube and thought it would be interesting for those who, like me, first visited India only recently.

A Road in India (1938)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOsv6kWGxGI

Delhi (1938)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiSFxKMO_2Q

A Punjab Village (1925)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aAdVenXVXs
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Very interesting ! Thanks for the link.
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Those are wonderful ..thanks!
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Thanks curtdfw for those brilliant British Film Institute film clips. Extremely interesting window onto the past.
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I haven't watched all these yet, but here's some on the '84 riots following Indira Gandhi's assassination:

November 1984 Delhi part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyInCGgcnoA

November 1984 Delhi part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOiMTkThFnY

November 1984 Delhi part 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lkFGwAkdcM

November 1984 Delhi part 4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5NFeqJY9ME

November 1984 Delhi part 5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qu39wYAYTqg
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Delhi Carnage 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D7vT6CZjqE

Delhi Carnage 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ijbLBi1qwA

Delhi Carnage 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-x5Q3rTdtk
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Thanks for the wonderful videos. I especially liked the one about Delhi. The comment about sari was interesting “one of the most shapeless garment in the world”..
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One of our members told me that he was in Delhi in 1984. He saw stuff I hope never to see. I've also read some writing about that time.

I don't have the stomach to even risk watching footage of those events.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post One of our members told me that he was in Delhi in 1984. He saw stuff I hope never to see. I've also read some writing about that time.

I don't have the stomach to even risk watching footage of those events.
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That is the reason I am not watching the videos of 84. I had seen everything and stayed up for many nights till the situation was OK. What was happening at that time is not something I would like to watch again.
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He saw stuff I hope never to see
that's an essentially selfish point of view of course, but, of course, I also hope it never happens again.

jituyadav, I guess we must have quite a few Delhi members who lived through those days, maybe also whose families were victims. Seeing what happened, knowing that politicians were behind it, and the 'forces of law and order' did little to stop it --- tough stuff to live with.
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A little aside
Democracy and what is happening in Afgahistan, equally tough stuff!

Polticians, look after themselves, sadly

Loved the , non poltical videos, tho.

Wow did they not have super wheels on the bullock carts, or is my imagination the roads look better then than they do now, TN that is
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Really fascinating, what a treasure trove of old footage!
The narration is pricelessly funny though, the ninth immortal city of Delhi with the most shapeless garment the sari!!
what if . . . maybe . . . say . . . suppose!
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post jituyadav, I guess we must have quite a few Delhi members who lived through those days, maybe also whose families were victims. Seeing what happened, knowing that politicians were behind it, and the 'forces of law and order' did little to stop it --- tough stuff to live with.
I can’t express those moments. All the Sikh families stayed at our house for few days and we used to keep guard at night so that their houses are not burnt. Politicians managed it all and the worst part was that once we called a media person to show the arson happening close to our locality and he asked for a bottle of whisky to print the news. Anyway,let me not spoil the thread and wonderfully watchable videos that curtdfw has provided
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Originally Posted by fsg View Post Wow did they not have super wheels on the bullock carts, or is my imagination the roads look better then than they do now, TN that is
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I just watched A Road in India.

Can anyone tell me how much I should pay for English-speaking dancing girls to dance either side of my car as I drive through Chennai?



More seriously, although I'm sure that this piece of film was a romantic view even then, I would loved to have seen India before its roads filled up with motor traffic.

I wish I'd been here twenty or thirty years ago, let alone seventy!

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