19 June, 2021

The Wave Silenced

The BBC Hindi radio, a constant for the last seven decades, is set to go off air

Nirala Ttripathi
The Wave Silenced


  • BBC Hindi service began on May 11, 1940
  • Significant events covered include: Indo-Pak war of 1971, Emergency, Operation Bluestar, Indira Gandhi assassination, Kandahar hijack, Gujarat riots, Parliament attack, 26/11
  • BBC Hindi currently airs four 30-minute programmes on short wave—at 6.30 am, 8 am, 7.30 pm and 10.30 pm
  • BBC Hindi short wave transmission to cease from April 1, 2011, as a result of cuts imposed by its funder, the British foreign office


Vijay Kumar Pandey of Kunda town in Uttar Pradesh’s Pratapgarh district was in Class VIII when prime minister Indira Gandhi fell to her assassins’ bullets in 1984. The memory of that electrifying day, which he spent sitting next to his father listening to the tragedy unfold on one BBC Hindi bulletin after another, is still sharply etched in his mind. While DD and AIR dithered, it was BBC that told millions of Indians they had lost their...

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