On May 11, BBC Hindi turned 75; to mark this milestone, the leading media house uploaded audio clips of 15 of the most momentous news events of the last century – all related to India.
1. BBC Hindi formed on May 11, 1940, for British Indian soldiers fighting in World War II.
2. Bruce Belfrage was reading the news in English when German planes rained down bombs on the broadcasting house. Seven were killed but the broadcast did not stop.
3. This BBC audio clip is part of the ‘Tryst with Destiny’ speech by Jawaharlal Nehru, which he delivered on August 14, 1947.
4. BBC correspondent Robert Stimson covering the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi on January 30, 1948.
5. This is how a bereaved Nehru addressed the nation after Mahatma Gandhi’s death.
6. After the partition, the Indian section of the BBC service started programmes in Hindi in January 1949.
The service was inaugurated by then Indian High Commissioner to Britain and later Defence Minister Krishna Menon.
7. Jawaharlal Nehru conceded India’s defeat in the Indo-China war in this address to the nation in 1962.
8. Pakistan’s then President, Field Marshal Ayub Khan, declaring war against India in 1965.
9. Kuldeep Nayar covering the news of the death of then Indian Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri in Tashkent on January 10, 1966.
10. BBC Hindi presented a special programme on the occasion of the first Moon landing in 1969.
11. BBC Hindi received praise from all quarters for its coverage of the Indo-Pak war of 1971.
12. On June 26, 1975, then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared Emergency. Here is Jayaprakash Narayan speaking to BBC Hindi.
13. And this is how BBC was so favourably viewed by Indian leaders during the Emergency.
14. Correspondent Satish Jacob covering the assassination of then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
15. And this is how the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi was covered by BBC Hindi.
All audio clips are courtesy BBC Hindi.