Rashtrapati Bhavan

A peep into the past

Print edition : May 27, 2016

An elevated view of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Photo: Dr Thomas Mathew

Vice President S. Radhakrishnan with USSR President Leonid Brezhnev at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in December 1961. Photo: Photo Cell, Rashtrapati Bhavan

President Rajendra Prasad and Queen Elizabeth II arriving for the Republic Day parade on January 26, 1961. Photo: Photo Cell, Rashtrapati Bhavan

President Rajendra Prasad and Yugoslavian President Josip Tito trying their hand at music at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in December 1954. Photo: Photo Cell, Rashtrapati Bhavan

Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and the First Deputy Chairman of the USSR, Anastas Mikoyan (right) enjoying Holi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in March 1956. Photo: Photo Division, I&B Ministry

Nehru, Radhakrishnan, Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai and Rajendra Prasad in June 1954. Photo: Photo Cell, Rashtrapati Bhavan

Lord and Lady Mountbatten and the Maharani and Maharaja Padma Shumsher Jang Bahadur Rana of Nepal climbing the steps to the Durbar Hall of Government House (now Rashtrapati Bhavan) in March 1948. Photo: Photo Division, I&B Ministry

Abode under the Dome documents the significant events that the Rashtrapati Bhavan hosted during the 1950s and 1960s and weaves a narrative around these events to give readers a glimpse of India’s emerging diplomatic excellence.

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