|The March of Time|
|Audio: Nehru, 8/15/47|
|22 seconds, 1.5 MB|
These shots were taken soon after Jawaharlal Nehru was released from Dehra Dun jail on December 4th, 1941. He had served more than a year of a four year sentence, a period full of harassment by colonial authorities. He is shown addressing Congress party workers at his residence, Anand Bhavan in Allahabad.
When Nehru arrives at the meeting (Shot 6, below), he is followed by his sister, Mrs. Pandit, and his daughter Indira, later Prime Minister of India. She was in her early twenties and had spent the previous years in studying in England and recuperating from illness in Switzerland. She had also fallen in love with a Parsi student in London, Feroze Gandhi. According to Nehru's biographer B.N. Pandey, days before Nehru was released from prison, Gandhi had convinced Feroze Gandhi not to marry Indira without first securing Nehru's blessing (Nehru, by B.N. Pandey, MacMillan, London and Madras, 1976, p. 223).
Nehru's audio is taken from the speech he gave on independence day:
"The ambition of the greatest men of our generation has been to wipe every tear from every eye. That may be beyond us, but so long as there are tears and suffering, so long our work will not be over."
|The March of Time Shot List|
|1||c.u. [close-up] Congress flag flying from roof of Nehru's house.|
|2||Pandit Nehru coming onto verandah to talk with villagers.|
|3||c.u. [close-up] Pandit Nehru speaking to villager.|
|4||[from] Shots made at a meeting of the Allahabad Congress Party to welcome Pandit Nehru after his release from 13 months in prison.|
|5||[from] Shots made at a meeting of the Allahabad Congress Party to welcome Pandit Nehru after his release from 13 months in prison.|
|6||Shot of Nehru arriving at the meeting [followed by sister Mrs. Pandit and daughter Indira].|
|8||m.c.u. [medium close-up] Nehru speaking with the Congress flag and a Chinese flag in background.|
|Sound from another part of Nehru's speech.|
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