India Matters: The photo chronicles of modern India (Aired: September 2012)
Published On: May 17, 2013 | Duration: 24 min, 12 sec
To celebrate 65 years of independent India, NDTV asked photo-journalists to identify the images that captured the most defining moments of the country's recent history. These include Gandhiji, Nehru and Patel in "deep conspiracy," and the imposing façade of Connaught Place hiding a dark truth.
In the harsh, unforgiving desert of Iraq, American forces prepare for war. Shah Jahan's wine cup, Ranjit Singh's gold throne and other Indian treasures leave London spell-bound. And on ice, a stunning comeback from retired champions.
In the wake of riots, a shattered Gujarat is fragmented into relief camps filled with women and children whose husbands, fathers and brothers are missing, presumed dead. Amid the stories of violence, the most heart-breaking are those told by the children.
In an end-of-the-year special episode, NDTV looks back at 1990 – a year of war preparations in the Persian Gulf, of a free Nelson Mandela, of political change in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, and the football World Cup.
The shadow of Babri Masjid still looms over Ayodhya, ten years later. In its twin city of Faizabad, the lives of Muslims and Hindus intersect in many small, often ironic ways. The flowers offered for worship at Hindu temples are grown in Muslim gardens. But the undercurrent of communal tension is never far from daily life.
Four years after the Kargil War, Aamir Khan visits Ladakh and spends a day with soldiers 10000 feet above sea level. The actor shares their joy, their sorrows and holds a friendly match between Team Ladakh and Team Lagaan.
As Gujarat burns in the aftermath of riots, the Vadodara-Godhra highway is dotted with the charred remains of vehicles and blazing factories. The police keep their distance, people clutch what's left of their belongings, and some use the desolation and hate as an excuse for arson and looting.
Kerala pacer Sreesanth has been surrounded by controversies ever since he made his way into the Indian Cricket squad. The fast bowler spoke to NDTV about his aggression on the field, the various match fines he was slapped with, and sharing the dressing room with Sachin paaji.
In this show NDTV spends 24 hours on the campus of IIT-Bombay as it plays host to the annual convention of Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Among Youth (SPICMACAY). Though low profile, it's a gathering that provides a platform and brings together artistes and ordinary students.
A 'tall man in a small country' wins the first German election after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Japanese take-overs threaten to swallow American film studios whole, the signposts of apartheid disappear but white South Africa isn't ready to share with black yet, and in England, an 11-year-old math genius is already in university.
At 21,000 feet, the Siachen Base camp is the highest point where the Indian Army guards the borders. The sun shines the harshest during day time and the stars shine the brightest during night time. Bollywood actor Aishwarya Rai joins the Army's jawans here to celebrate their lives and to salute their bravery.
This election special episode comes from the heart of Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, a state where the atmosphere is one of political fatigue. Barkha Dutt meets one of Uttar Pradesh's best-known writers, a member of a former royal family, and a prominent educationist and activist. Each voice speaks of winds of political change.
In post-Thatcher Britain, new Prime Minister John Major begins life at 10, Downing Street as something of an unknown quantity. Industry encroaches on nature's last bastion, the Arctic Circle. And musician duo Milli Vanilli create a pop-quake by admitting they had won their Grammy for songs they hadn't actually sung.
A day with Madhur Ganpathi Rao, the "MGR of Yakshagaana," proves to be a journey of discovery. Radhika Bordia finds that the 'song of the Gods' is more than just an art form. For Madhur Ganpathi Rao, who makes a stunning transformation into the character of Arjuna, Yakshagaana is a way of life and religion.
Punjab, a land of contradictions where plenty and poverty live cheek-by-jowl. In this election special episode, Barkha Dutt journeys through the mustard fields and spanking new satellite dishes in search of Punjab's political heritage and future.
Abandoned and attacked by her own party, Margaret Thatcher exits as Britain's longest-serving Prime Minister. In Australia, a series of beer ads are labeled racist by some and harmless fun by others. And in UK, Bow Down Mister for the new, improved Boy George.
The Prince of Kolkata discusses cricket, his sensational comeback into the Indian squad, and his mental strength with NDTV at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
The real story behind the extremely high infant mortality rate in West Bengal.
Kashmir's most difficult, disturbing stories unfold away from the cameras and headlines, in the handful of psychiatric hospitals. In these hospitals live thousands of Kashmiris unable to cope with life in the shadow of the gun. Like one young girl who saw a stray bullet kill her father.
Swati Thiyagarajan visits Chennai's Crocodile Bank to find out how India's three species – marsh crocodiles, gharials and saltwater crocodiles – were brought back from the brink of extinction.