As India celebrates Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s birth anniversary, here are some rare photographs of the Father of the Nation released by Photodivision.
On this day, let us remember Gandhi’s teachings of communal harmony and acceptance.
Mahatma Gandhi signing autographs, in return for donations to the Harijan Fund. This happy picture of Gandhi was taken at Juhu in Mumbai where he spent an occasional rest. Photograph: Photodivision
Though Mahatma Gandhi always traveled in the third class, his arrival at any station was a source of rejoicing and huge crowds always collected to welcome him. Photograph: Photodivision
Thakin Nu, Burmese Prime Minister, met Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi in December, 1947. Photograph: Photodivision
Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, Rajkumari Amrit Kaur and Shrimati Kasturba Gandhi photographed during the Haripura Congress Session in 1939. Photograph: Photodivision
Mahatma Gandhi with Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Photograph: Photodivision
On March 27, 1942 Mahatma Gandhi called at 3, Queen Victoria Road, New Delhi, and had an interview lasting over two hours with Sir Stafford Cripps. Sir Stafford Cripps sees Gandhiji to his car, as journalists surround the leader and ask questions. Photograph: Photodivision
The final immersion ceremony of the sacred ashes of Mahatma Gandhi at Allahabad on February 12, 1948. The ashes which arrived from Delhi in a special train were taken in procession and immersed in the holy Ganga. Photograph: Photodivision