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

  • Parag Agrawal’s appointment as new Twitter CEO has sent waves across the globe. The IIT-B alumni has taken over the reins of the popular social media giant and the news sent cheer across the subcontinent as one more US major appointed a person of Indian origin into a leadership role. The Stanford graduate, who joined Twitter in 2011 as a software engineer, rose up the ranks of CTO in 2017.
  • His passion for wildlife made Suyash Keshari quit his cushy political advocacy job in the US and follow his dream of being a wildlife presenter. In 2019, he moved to Bandhavgarh National Park to start his journey as a wildlife conservationist. And in three years, he has become a name to reckon with, all thanks to his web series Safari with Suyash.
  • Who could have thought that plastic waste could be turned into vegan sneakers? But 23-year-old Ashay Bhave has impressed everyone with his venture Thaely that’s upcycling tonnes of plastic bottles into shoes. So much so that the sneakers recently won the PETA’s Best Vegan Sneaker Award 2021.

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