• Short Summary

    A HUGE CROWD WERE WAITING AT ALLAHABAD WHEN AT DAWN YESTERDAY (MONDAY) A SPECIAL TRAIN DREW IN BEARING AN URN CARRYING SOME OF THE ASHES OF THE LATE INDIAN PREMIER, MR.

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    A HUGE CROWD WERE WAITING AT ALLAHABAD WHEN AT DAWN YESTERDAY (MONDAY) A SPECIAL TRAIN DREW IN BEARING AN URN CARRYING SOME OF THE ASHES OF THE LATE INDIAN PREMIER, MR. JAWAHARLAL NEHRU. ALSO TRAVELLING ON THE TRAIN WERE A NUMBER OF DIGNITARIES INCLUDING THE NEW PRIME MINISTER, MR. SHASTRI, THE CARETAKER PRIME MINISTER, MR. NANDA AND MR. NEHRU'S DAUGHTER, MRS. INDIRA GANDHI. THE CROWD SURGED FORWARD AS THE TRAIN STOPPED TRYING TO CATCH A GLIMPSE OF THE FLOWER-COVERED URN.

    A CROWD OF MORE THAN A MILLION WATCHED THE PROCESSION THROUGH ALLAHABAD, MR, NEHRU'S BIRTHPLACE, AND THE CEREMONY ON THE BANKS OF THE RIVER GANGES. BEFORE THE ASHES WERE SCATTERED FRIENDS AND RELATIVES PAID THEIR FINAL RESPECTS TO THE DEAD PREMIER, PLACING WREATHS AND GARLANDS OF RED ROSES AGAINST THE URN.

    A SINGLE SHOT WAS FIRED INTO THE AIR AS THE ASHES WERE SCATTERED AT THE SAME SPOT WHERE THE ASHES OF MAHATMA GANDHI WERE IMMERSED SIXTEEN YEARS AGO. A SMALL CASKET CONTAINING SOME OF THE ASHES OF KAMAL NEHRU, THE PRIME MINISTER'S WIFE WHO DIED TWENTY-EIGHT YEARS AGO WERE IMMERSED IN THE RIVER AT THE SAME TIME.

    OTHER URNS CONTAINING MORE OF MR. NEHRU'S ASHES WERE SIMULTANEOUSLY IMMERSED IN RIVERS, LAKES AND SEAS THROUGHOUT INDIA, WATCHED BY MILLIONS OF MOURNERS.

    (IN HIS WILL, MR. NEHRU REQUESTED THAT HIS ASHES BE DROPPED FROM AIRCRAFT "OVER THE FIELDS WHERE THE PEASANTS OF INDIA TOIL SO THAT THEY MIGHT WITH THE DUST AND SOIL OF INDIA AND BECOME AN INDISTINGUISHABLE PART OF INDIA." ON JUNE 12, AIRCRAFT OF THE INDIAN AIR FORCE, FLYING AT A THOUSAND FEET WILL DROP THE ASHES NEAR STATE CAPITALS AND AT SPECIALLY SELECTED AREAS SUCH AS THE KULU VALLEY, ONE OF MR. NEHRU'S FAVOURITE HOLIDAY SPOTS.

    MEANWHILE, THE NEW PRIME MINISTER MR. SHASTRI HAS ANNOUNCED HIS CABINET, WHICH RETAINS MOST OF THE SENIOR MEMBERS OF MR. NEHRU'S ADMINISTRATION AND WILL BE SWORN IN AT NEW DELHI TODAY - TUESDAY.)

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8UG0WREVBKWL3PHXQ3DM5I6SE
    Media URN:
    VLVA8UG0WREVBKWL3PHXQ3DM5I6SE
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/06/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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