Famed for its wealth, cultural treasures, and spiritual traditions, India has for centuries beckoned the outsider. Many nations have vied for control of this fabled and colorful land—with two great empires, one established by invading Moghuls, the other by the British, flourishing in turns on the vast subcontinent. Viewers of this program learn how, in the 16th century, the Turkic warlord Babur led his forces out of Central Asia and founded a dynasty in India—which persisted until a new colonial power arrived to stake its own claims. Enter Robert Clive, a psychologically disturbed British officer who delivered 18th-century India into the hands of the Crown. A National Geographic Production. (53 minutes)
This is the first definitive documentary series on the life of Gandhi, examining his relationship with his wife, his controversial views on race, and his role on the path to Indian independence. On the world stage, Martin Luther King Jr., the Dalai Lama, and a myriad of peace movements have marched in Gandhi's footsteps. But while he remains, unquestionably, India's revered father—the “Father of a Nation”—there is another and less well-known side to him. This three-part series charts Gandhi's Establishment beginnings, his move into politics, and his campaign to bring independence to India. A BBC Production. 3-part series, 50 minutes each.
This program covers the history of India from the time of Genghis Khan’s first extension of his domain beyond China. It explains the roles of Tamerlane and his descendant Babur and shows the crucial Battle of Panipat between Babur and the forces of Ibrahim Lodi, the Afghan Sultan of Delhi. There would be many more battles (including a second battle of Panipat) before the Afghans were beaten, but Babur had established Mongol hegemony over a vast territory. The program traces the subsequent history of India: the exploits of his son Humayun and his grandson, Akbar; the arrival of Europeans; the flowering of Moghul culture epitomized by the Taj Mahal, and the decline; its submission to the British Empire and its reawakening at independence. (42 minutes)
Immerse your students in India’s current political landscape and the influence of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty. Focusing on the accomplishments of Mohandas Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Nehru’s descendants—including the improbable rise of Sonia Gandhi in 2004—this program uses archival images, dramatic press footage, and interviews from a broad cross-section of Indian society to vividly depict the social, economic, and ideological legacy of the Mahatma and his inner circle. While viewers will encounter information on Congress Party detractors, the program clearly demonstrates that the Gandhis remain a powerful political force. (52 minutes)
The Indian Subcontinent is romantic, remote and mysterious. From the plains of Pakistan to the foothills of the Himalaya, from Northern India and Rajasthan to Tamil Nadu in the south, this vast melting pot of civilizations, religions, cultures and landscapes has seen some of the greatest artistic golden ages on earth. This series examines the Indus Valley civilizations, Tamil Nadu—land of the temples—and the Mughal Empire, three very different dynasties that have shaped modern India. In “The Other Side of Taj Mahal,” art historian Sona Datta follows Mughal expansion under key rulers. Akbar promoted religious tolerance and combined Hindu and Islamic art and architecture styles; Shah Jahan memorialized his wife Mumtaz in the Taj Mahal; and Aurangzeb imposed strict Islamic rule. Finally, British imperialism increased tensions between Muslims and Hindus, leading to violence and division. A BBC Production.
In this captivating six-part adventure, historian Michael Wood makes an in-depth study of the Indian subcontinent as he explores the intense drama of its past, the originality and continuing relevance of its ideas, and the incredible richness and diversity of its peoples, cultures, and landscapes. From the deserts of Turkmenistan to the Khyber Pass and the plains of Pakistan, from the towering Himalayas to the palm-fringed shores of Kerala, Wood brings to life some of the most momentous and moving events in world history. Distributed by PBS Distribution. 6-part series, 55 minutes each.
India’s greatest founding father was a champion of peaceful protest, yet ironically he was gunned down for no clear reason by Nathuram Godse, a fanatical Hindu, in the gardens of Birla House on 30 January 1948 while Gandhi was on his way to attend a prayer meeting.
Gandhi's approach to politics was unique and was a direct manifestation of his personal search for spiritual purity. Without understanding his deeply-held religious beliefs we cannot understand his politics or his place in world history. Mohandas K. Gandhi was born in 1869 to Hindu parents in the state of Gujarat in Western India. He entered an arranged marriage with Kasturbai Makanji when both were 13 years old. His family later sent him to London to study law, and in 1891 he was admitted to the Inner Temple and called to the bar. In Southern Africa he worked ceaselessly to improve the rights of the immigrant Indians. It was there that he developed his creed of passive resistance against injustice and was frequently jailed as a result of the protests that he led. Before he returned to India with his wife and children in 1915, he had radically changed the lives of Indians living in Southern Africa. This documentary tells the extraordinary story of Gandhi's lifelong pursuit of spiritual purity and how he used it in his struggle to bring a peaceful independence to India.
Journalist and newsreader Mishal Husain journeys through Gandhi’s early years in India to the end of his controversial career in South Africa. Along the way, she confronts accusations of racism and hypocrisy levelled against Gandhi in this period, and discovers how London played a vital role in the development of the Indian Messiah.
'India: Pilgrims of the Ganges' is a journey through the North of India along the basin of the sacred river for Hindus, the Ganges. From the valleys located on the side of the Himalayas, cradle of Buddhism,, to the saint city of Benares, this documentary offers a fascinating journey through National Parks turned into sanctuaries for wildlife, and cities where Islam and Hinduism live together since centuries ago. We will witness the most crowded religious pilgrimage in the planet and get close to the mystic and enigmatic world of the Sadhus, the sacred men of India. Finally we will reach Benares, the sacred city, where Hindus purify their living souls and find eternal rest after death.
India is an ancient land of devotion, ritual, and tradition - but it is also in the throes of becoming the modern world's largest consumer economy. This program looks at both broad areas of progress (education, health care, information technology, urbanization) and concerns (illiteracy, poverty, the caste system, urban sprawl, damage to natural resources) and specific examples of each. With its 8000 year old culture, this densely populated country is home to 1 billion people in the world's largest democracy. It must feed a population three times that of the US on one third of the amount of land. Dominated by Britain for two centuries, under Gandhi's leadership it attained its freedom in 1947. Unable then to feed itself, without industry and plagued by the caste system, India has since gone from poverty to prosperity, experienced a "green revolution," and become a major player in information technology. INDIA IN TRANSITION explores the growth and the struggles of a modern giant.