What are some of the rare and unseen pictures of India? Republic Day Special

It is rightly said, ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’  And many are worth much more. Such pictures leave a lasting impact on everyone.

Here are some powerful photos of my homeland:

  • Indian woman officer for the first time leads the guard of honour for Barack Obama

(Source: Times of India)

  • PM Narendra Modi’s appeal pays off? Here’s what happened with Indian Army jawans at Indira Gandhi International airport in Delhi: His message has sparked a change as the Indian Army jawans saw a delightful change when they entered the Indira Gandhi International airport in the capital.

(Source: How People at Indira Gandhi International Airport Reacted)

  • Some photos of the first Lok Sabha Elections held in India:

(Source: reflectionsofindia.com)

The election fervour was such that in the streets of Calcutta (now Kolkata), stray cows had ‘Vote Congress’ written on their backs in Bengali!

(Source: reflectionsofindia.com)

  • Unlike today, when we have shifted to the Electronic Voting Machine, that time 2 million bullet-proof and tamper- proof ballot boxes were specially designed, which consumed 8,200 tonnes of steel.

(Source: photodivisio.gov.in)

  • The Fairy Queen is a steam locomotive, plying between New Delhi and Alwar, in Rajasthan. Built in 1855, it was certified by the Guinness Book of Records in 1998 as being the world’s oldest one in regular operation after being restored to haul a luxury train in order to boost tourism in Rajasthan.

(Source: The Fairy Queen)

  • When using a train toilet, thank Okhil Babu for his hilarious letter: Okhil Chandra Sen had written this hilarious letter to the Sahibganj divisional railway office in 1909. The letter is on display at the Railway Museum in New Delhi. This letter supposedly led to the introduction of toilets on trains.

(Source: Indian Railway Forum – 1 )

  • One picture depicting India’s secularism. I can’t see any intolerance in this, can you?

(Source: Heart-Touching Images That Will Change Your Vision)

  • India’s Independence: Lord Mountbatten, the Viceroy of India reads the declaration of India and Pakistan’s Independence on radio in New Delhi.

(Source: India Independence Stock Photos and Pictures)

  • FIrst morning of Independent India: This has to be the most special morning for this country, and why not?

(Source: 51 Iconic Images From Delhi’s History Every Delhiite Must See)

  • Have a look at India’s first communication satellite, APPLE.

(Source: In Pics: ISRO )

  • The recapture of Tiger hill during the last Indo-Pak war at Kargil, 1999: Army personnel hoist the tricolour atop the hill after finally recapturing it.

(Source: FW: Kargil War – Vijay Divas)

  • Wanna learn some tactics for studying till late night? Then this one is surely for you: While studying late night, Students of university of Madras (1948) used to tie their hairs to a nail in the wall for keeping themselves awake.

(Source: Old Photographs)

  • India looks incredible even from space

(Source: NASA images show how India looks from space at night )

  • Jayaprakash Narayan and the millions he inspired to give up studies for a year and join a movement to rebuild the nation, in 1974: Known as the Bihar Movement, millions of protesters joined JP in a bid to overthrow the state government.

(Source: News18 )

  • The first postal stamp of independent India: That tri-color flying high, perfect it seems, right?

(Source: Answers to all your questions)

  • Death certificate of Bhagat Singh: I am a huge Bhagat Singh fan, so how can I miss this while writing about India.

(Source: Bhagat Singh )

  • A man climbs up a telephone pole to see the last rites of Gandhi’s funeral:

(Source: 49 inesperadas fotografías de famosos momentos históricos )

  • One from the sport of cricket too: Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar can be seen with the trophy after winning the 1983 Cricket World Cup. Wonder what Gavaskar is checking for inside the cup!

(Source: RARE INDIAN PHOTOS)

  • Have you heard about Raman Effect? Sir CV Raman, the man behind Raman Effect can be seen explaining something to his students.

(Source: UNSEEN RARE PHOTOS OF INDIA : VOLUME 1 )

  • The last picture of Rajiv Gandhi alive(See Frame 9), from Haribabu’s camera, as the murderous Dhanu, wearing orange flowers (inset) sneaks up right behind a schoolgirl who is interacting with the former prime minister. Frame 10 captures the explosion.

(Source: The roll of film that told a tale)

  • Officers paying homage to Zanjeer, who saved countless lives during the 1993 terror attack by detecting more than 3,329 kgs of RDX, 600 detonators, 249 grenades and 6406 rounds of ammunition.

(Source: Pies bohater)

  • The ruthless patriotism in the eyes of an Indian soldier at the Wagah border.

(Source: RealClearPolitics)

  • India’s very own Big Ben – Rajabai Tower of Mumbai
    Image on the left is of Rajabai Tower.

(Source: Transit Address)

  • Why should you travel to Venice after all? The ride in the backwaters of Alleppey in Kerala will be equally soothing as that of one in Venice at Italy.

(Source: Where do you want to travel? And why?)

  • The Bhopal gas tragedy was a noose around the necks of all the inhabitants of the area during the gas tragedy, circa December, 1984.

(Source: 18 Photographs With The Most Tragic Histories In Their Backgrounds!)

  • MARCOS- India’s invisible army

(Source: 15 Reasons The Indian Navy MARCOS Are The Best In The World)

  • A world record breaking 1.5 crore people joined the funeral procession of ex-Tamil Nadu Chief Minister CN Annadurai in 1969.

(Source: 14 Of The Most Powerful Pics Clicked In India’s History )

  • Emergency was declared in the country by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, for a 21-month period from 1975 to 1977. Various national and state leaders were arrested and put behind bars.

(Source: Know more about India’s tryst with emergency)

  • My fellow countrymen believe in decorating things, and don’t spare even camels.

(Source: 64 Amazing Pictures of India That Reveal Her Real Flavor!)

  • Classes taken for underprivileged children, under a bridge.

    Afterall, where there’s a will, there’s a way.

(Source: 64 Amazing Pictures of India That Reveal Her Real Flavor!)

  • The devastating flood in Uttarakhand that resulted in almost 6,000 deaths rages at the famous Shivji statue in 2013.

(Source: 14 Of The Most Powerful Pics Clicked In India’s History )

  • Second atomic test done by India in Pokhran

(Source: Economics | Arise Bharat )

  • Lieutenant- General A.A.K Naizi, the commander of Pakistan Eastern Command, signing the instrument of surrender in Dhaka on 16 Dec 1971, in the presence of India’s Lt.Gen. Jagjit Singh Aurora. Standing immediately behind from Left to Right: Indian Navy Vice-Admiral Krishnan, Indian Air Force Air Marshal Dewan, Indian Army Lieutenant- General Sagat Singh, Major General JFR Jacob (with Flt Lt Krishnamurthy peering over his shoulder). Veteran newscaster, Surojit Sen of All India Radio, is seen holding a microphone on the right.

(Source: A RED MOTORCYCLE AND A COUNTRY)

  • Next I present two photos of the Taj Mahal- the first one is of it covered with bamboos during World War II and the second one is of it covered with dark jute cloths during Indo-Pak War 1971. The reason was primarily to deny a reference point to the enemy for finding its way to Agra Airfield- a major airbase of the country and secondarily to protect it from direct attacks.

(Source of both the images: The Taj Mahal)

  • Asia’s tidiest and cleanest village

    This is one village of the Northeast that all the cluttered, modern Indian cities should get inspired from. Mawlynnong village of Meghalaya is a small village that enjoys global fame for being the tidiest and cleanest village in the whole of Asia.

(Source: Travel Zone )

  • This is what a border post on India Nathu la Pass says.

(Source: India Nathu la Pass India China border Pictures)


Our country is incredible. One quora answer and some 30-odd pictures cannot encapsulate the greatness of my motherland. But still I have made a humble attempt to present some beautiful unseen pictures from my country’s past and present.

Thanks and yes,
“ Victory for Mother India(Bharat Mata Ki Jai) .

We dare not forget to say that.