India’s past is more dramatic than the plot of a trending TV serial. With the struggle through getting freedom and the struggle that followed after to make it a stable democracy, looking back at those times is totally worth it.

We’ve brought you 30 unseen pictures of the old India and most of these might have never come across your sight ever. These are as rare to find as good vintage wine, and lets us have a sneak peek at our country’s hidden aspects.

Hard to believe but that is actually Anna Hazare in his time in the army.

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A young A P J Abdul Kalam in his college days.
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Did you know that it was Tagore who gave the title of ‘Mahatma” to Gandhiji?

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The iconic image of Nehru and the Mountbatten at India’s first Independence Day.

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The only photo of Ghalib we have, the great Urdu-Persian poet.

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It may look like the moon surface but it’s actually the India Gate circle around in the 1940s.

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The last known photo of the great Bhagat Singh before he was executed.

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This is how Bombay looked in the 1950s.

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India’s first Republic Day parade in 1950. Priceless!

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Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa with a unidentified friend. Btw he was a wealthy lawyer back then.

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Mohammed Ali Jinnah’s last press conference in India right before he left for the newly-formed state of Pakistan.

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Bombay Central in 1940s.

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The life of the British under the Raj. While they ruled India, lived apart form the Indians – hear of the cantonments dotting the Indian landscape?

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Every vantage point taken at Mahatma Gandhi’s funeral.

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Hyderabad’s Charminar in the 1940s.

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Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi & Charlie Chaplin soak it in, in Switzerland.

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Would you believe, that is the Churchgate Station in Mumbai, long years ago.

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The eternal rebel, Che Guvera in India in 1959.

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Indira Gandhi, Zulfikar Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto in Shimla in 1972, where the famous Shimla Accord was signed.

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 L.K. Advani with Pakistani dictator Zia-Ul-Haq in the 1980s.

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Amitabh Bachchan and family.

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The Golden Temple at Amritsar in the 1860’s.

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The Imperial Crown of India in 1937.

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Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Mahatma Gandhi at Jinnah’s house in the 1940s.

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Jawaharlal Nehru and Edwina Mountbatten in Shimla, 1948.

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Narayan Murthy at IIT Kanpur  in 1969.

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Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in 1994.

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India’s Apple (yes, Ariane Passenger Payload Experiment) being transported in a bullock cart (?!) at the ISRO centre in Sriharikota in 1981.

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An aerial view of Raisina Hill. The Parliament is the circular building to the right. The two buildings in the foreground are the North and South block. Rashtrapathi Bhawan (unseen) is to the left.

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Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru meeting iconic scientist Albert Einstein in 1949.

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