• Short Summary

    THE REMAINS OF MR. NEHRU WERE TAKEN FROM THE CREMATION SITE IN NEW DELHI YESTERDAY?

  • Description

    THE REMAINS OF MR. NEHRU WERE TAKEN FROM THE CREMATION SITE IN NEW DELHI YESTERDAY (SATURDAY TO HIS HOME. IN A MOVING AND SOLEMN HINDU CEREMONY, HIS ASHES WERE SCOOPED INTO EIGHT URNS FOR DEPOSITING INTO THE EIGHT SACRED RIVERS OF INDIA.

    AS THE PRIME MINISTER'S TWO GRANDSONS GATHERED UP THE REMAINS AND SPRINKLED THEM WITH WATER FROM THE RIVER GANGES, THE CROWD CHANTED RITUAL MATRAS AND OTHER SACRED HYMNS. THE BONES WERE SORTED FROM THE ASHES FOR IMMERSING IN THE RIVER GANGES AT ALLAHBAD, MR. NEHRU'S HOME CITY.

    LEADING INDIAN DIGNITARIES ATTENDED THE CEREMONY. HIS DAUGHTER, MRS. INDIRA GHANDI, WHO HAD BEEN SO CLOSE TO HIM IN HIS LAST HOURS, WAS THERE TOGETHER WITH HIS POSSIBLE SUCCESSOR, MR. LAL BAHADUR SHASTRI.

    THE EIGHT URNS WERE PUT INTO A CASKET AND TAKEN TO HIS HOME, WHERE THEY WILL REMAIN FOR THE TIME-BEING AT THE FOOT OF A CHAIR IN THE SHADE OF A TREE. THE URN WITH THE BONES SITS ON THE CHAIR ITSELF.

    MEANWHILE, MEMBERS OF THE RULING INDIAN CONGRESS PARTY WENT TO THEIR FORMER LEADER'S HOME TO PAY THEIR FINAL CONDOLENCES. AMONG THEM (ON FILM): MR. KRISHNA MENNON, THE FORMER DEFENCE MINISTER, AND MR. SHASTRI, WHO IS FAVOURITE TO BE APPOINTED ON TUESDAY INDIA'S SECOND PRIME MINISTER.

    MR. SHASTRI, WHO IS 59, IS AT PRESENT MINISTER WITHOUT PORTFOLIO.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7JGTL8UV6PSCM3O8V665E1OOX
    Media URN:
    VLVA7JGTL8UV6PSCM3O8V665E1OOX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/05/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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