• Short Summary

    THE ASHES OF MR LAL BAHADUR SHASTRI WERE CAST INTO THE RIVER GANGES YESTERDAY (TUESDAY).?

  • Description

    THE ASHES OF MR LAL BAHADUR SHASTRI WERE CAST INTO THE RIVER GANGES YESTERDAY (TUESDAY). THE CEREMONY TOOK PLACE AT ALLAHABAD, WHERE THE SACRED WATERS OF THE GANGES AND THE RIVER JUMNA MEET.

    THE ASHES - IN A COPPER URN - HAD BEEN BROUGHT FROM NEW DELHI BY RAIL. AT ALLAHABAD, THEY WERE TRANSFERRED TO A TRUCK, WHICH TOOK THEM IN SOLEMN PROCESSION TO THE RIVERSIDE. THOUSANDS OF GRIEF-STRICKEN PEOPLE LINED THE STREETS.

    MRS INDIRA GANDHI, MR SHASTRI'S SUCCESSOR AS PRIME MINISTER, WATCHED THE BURIAL CEREMONY FROM ONE OF THE SCORES OF BOATS BOBBING ON THE GANGES. MORE THAN A MILLION OTHERS CRAMMED ON THE SANDY WEDGE BETWEEN THE TWO SACRED RIVERS JOINED HER.

    AS PRAYERS WERE CHANTED, MR SHASTRI'S ELDER SON CAST THE ASHES INTO THE WATER - THE SAME SPOT WHERE THE ASHES OF BOTH MR JAWAHARLAL NEHRU AND MAHATMA GANDHI WERE IMMERSED.

    THE CEREMONY TOOK PLACE A FORTNIGHT AFTER MR SHASTRI HAD DIED IN TASHKENT, THE SOVIET CITY WHERE A FEW HOURS EARLIER HE HAD SIGNED A PEACE PACT WITH PAKISTAN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6Q80P0Q0KKOB8HY45EOTTYZM3
    Media URN:
    VLVA6Q80P0Q0KKOB8HY45EOTTYZM3
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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