The Hindustan Times dated August 15, 1947
This is what the front page of The Hindustan Times (Delhi Edition) looked like on August 15, 1947. [Click the image to enlarge]
Things to not note:
Newspaper banner has the by line, 'largest Circulation in Northern, North-Western and Central India'
Head line, simple, 'India Independent: British Rule Ends'
Only three ads and two of them carry public message.
Ad on top left corner, 'Help the Refugees Ahuja Swadeshi Stores Chandni Chowk, Delhi.'
Ad on top right corner carries an ad for Quality Publicity Service Office Opp. British Motor Car Co. Connaught Place, New Delhi. Designers and Printers.
Somewhere on the page you will find a line, 'It was the greatest hour for Delhi.'
Cover Photograph: India's Big Three - Earl Mountbatten(new of his Earldom at the bottom), Governor-General of India, Pandit Nehru, Prime Minister, and Dr. Rajendra Prasad, president of the Constituent Assembly.
Bottom left carries a homage to the Father of the Nation - Mahatma Gandhi.
Middle of the page carries a small Holiday Notice. So no August 16, 1947 issue of the paper.
The Pledge for constituent assembly ends with "the promotion of world peace and welfare of mankind."
The Pledge: "At this solemn moment when the people of India, through suffering and sacrifice have secured freedom, I,.......a member of the Constituent Assembly of India, do dedicate myself in all humility to the service of India and her people to the end that this ancient land attain her rightful and honoured place in the world and make her full and willing contribution to the promotion of world peace and the welfare of mankind."
A message from C.K.Sen & Co, Ltd. Jabakusum House, Calcutta, ends with the line "India is soon to occupy a foremost place in the comity of nations."
This front page was re-published by Hindustan Times on August 15, 1997, in the 50th year of Independent India. It was part of special Golden Jubilee celebration issue. I was young, impressionable, thought too much about the country and wanted world peace. So I saved this page.
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