Pictures

“While I enjoy covering news stories — from business to politics to sports — what I enjoy most is capturing the human face of a breaking story, I shoot for the common man who wants to see and feel a story from a place where he can’t be present himself.”  

Danish Siddiqui, Pulitzer-Winning Photojournalist 

1 picture = 1,000 words.  Get enamored by visuals from the past and the present. See how Global Indians, PIOs, desis and Indians abroad have knowingly or unknowingly shaped our world.  Photographs play an important role in every life – they connect us to our past, they remind us of people, places, feelings, and stories. They can help us to know who we are. 

LATEST NEWS FEEDS

  • When pandemic hit India in 2020, billionaire and CEO Serum Institute of India Adar Poonawalla stepped to provide covid vaccines to the entire country. His company worked relentlessly to fight against Covid-19 by producing millions of Covishield doses. This very achievement has put Poonawalla on the Time’s 100 Most Influential People List of 2021.
  • Indian entrepreneur Prabhdeep Singh is revolutionizing the Indian ambulance service sector with quality and affordable emergency care. With advanced life support systems and trained paramedics, StanPlus is pioneering healthcare services in the critical Golden Hour.
  • Her films have not just graced the world’s biggest film festivals but have also started a dialogue on women’s rights. If Water made it to Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Fire spoke volumes about patriarchy. Meet Indo-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta who is determined to bring stories to the big screen that matter.

GLOBAL INDIAN MUSEUM

  • Who could possibly forget this iconic photo of Mahatma Gandhi sitting with his charkha in jail? It was American photographer Margaret Bourke-White who captured this moment on her lens when she visited Gandhi in Pune where he was imprisoned.
  • On World Photography Day, let’s take you back in history. This picture of American photographer Margaret Bourke-White spinning khadi at Gandhi charkha was taken in 1946. White was in India on an assignment for Life Magazine during the years that led to the partition of the country. It was the Swadeshi movement that made Gandhi pick up the spinning wheel. He encouraged Indians to make their own cloth instead of buying British garments.
  • In February 1958, Mohammad Zahir Shah, the king of Afghanistan, visited India after an official visit to Pakistan. Received warmly by Indian villagers, he then proceeded to a banquet hosted by Rajendra Prasad, the then President of India: the King spoke about a lasting friendship between the two countries.

THE BEST OF GLOBAL INDIANS

  • The world’s youngest Deputy Chef De Mission at the Tokyo Paralympics is from India. Meet Arhan Bagati, the 22-year-old who is the first Indian to hold the position. The goodwill ambassador for Paralympics since 2015 travelled with the first batch of athletes who will represent India at the Paralympics Tokyo starting August 24.
  • What do Gangs of Wasseypur, Masaan and The Lunchbox have in common? Guneet Monga. Indian films were never this popular at international film festivals until the Oscar-winning producer arrived on the scene. With a perfect blend of arthouse and commercial potboilers, she is giving wings to Indian films that have universal appeal.
  • Victory lap: Richard Branson and Sirisha Bandla celebrate with the VSS Unity crew after their flight to the edge of space

GLOBAL INDIAN – THROUGH THE LENS

  • The late Homai Vyarawalla was a pioneer in more ways than one. Not only was she India’s first female photojournalist, her career also documented the overthrow of Britain’s colonial rule in the country. The sari wearing, Rolleiflex toting woman was not taken seriously initially, which afforded her the freedom to come and go as she pleased, clicking photographs that nobody else thought of.
  • Spanish artist Salvador Dali in New York back in 1963. The image was shot by Indian photojournalist Priya Ramrakha, who was killed while covering the Nigerian Civil War in 1968. Ramrakha’s finest photographs that were believed to have been lost were discovered buried in a Nairobi garage 40 years after his death
  • This picture shot by late Indian photojournalist during the Rohingya refugee crisis won him the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography. Siddiqui died in the line of duty in Afghanistan on July 15, 2021