Almost all Indians have seen footage of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s midnight tryst with destiny speech, but very few have seen what was happening in other parts of the country during August 15. UK newsreel archive company British Pathé’s archive, recently made available on YouTube, includes dozens of clips from August 1947.
The full British Pathé’s collection consists 85,000 videos or 3,500 hours of historical footage shot between 1896 and 1976.
Here is a compilation of the best.
India and Pakistan gain Independence
India Independence Day scenes (silent)
Post-Independence reception at India House, London
Independence Day celebrations in Bombay
Last batch of British troops leave India (1948)
The takeover: UK paints a grim picture