Old Indian Photos

Dec 26, 2009

Bengal famine of 1943 Part - 1

The Bengal famine of 1943 (তেতাল্লিশের মণ্বন্তর) occurred in undivided Bengal (now independent Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal) in 1943. It is estimated that over three million people died from starvation, malnutrition and related illnesses during the famine.
This photographs are taken from Life archive hosted by Google. The photographer was William Vandivert. See the true face of British Raj and how they governed India at the end of their reign.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Starving families sitting in the hot scortching sun

Starving women waiting for the government controlled Grain Shop to open

The skeleton of a starved man lying in a field after being eaten by vultures and jackals

Children poking grain cars with wires, trying to pierce bags and pull grain down into bags

A young Hindu girl serving food to the starving citizens suffering from the famine

An Bengali girl lying on the roadside, died in her sleep

Starving Hindus waiting for the government controlled Grain Shop to open

Hindus burning their starved dead at the Calcutta Myrone Memorial

Starving Hindus lining up for government handouts in Calcutta

Starving Hindus lining up for government handouts in Calcutta

5 comments:

Deaf Indian Muslim Anarchist! said...

very powerful and moving. the 3rd picture is just... wow

yudh veer said...

becaz they r hindus..... learn from ur histry my hindu bros.........

Anonymous said...

Why u have 2 write "hindu" people's, u people r realy sick. Removed d hindu n just write people.

Anonymous said...

This was all due to bad politics? So long ago, Im 40 years old and never heard of this. Five million people, casualties of war.

Steinbeck Ka Baap said...

It was an avoidable famine, but thanks to the Winston Churchill's well documented hatred for Indians, food grains that could have easily saved millions were diverted elsewhere. I guess its our fault that people dont know about this. No movies, mass rallies, memorials, museums for this human tragedy.

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