Bharat Ek Khoj 01: Bharat Mata Ki Jai


Bharat Ek Khoj 01: Bharat Mata Ki Jai

Bharat Ek Khoj—The Discovery of India
A Production of Doordarshan, the Government of India’s Public Service Broadcaster
Episode 1: Bharat Mata Ki Jai

With Ravi Jhankal, Vijay Kashyap, Ram Moorti

The scene opens with a panoramic visual of India and its colourful landscape. Occasionally, as Nehru reached a gathering, a great roar of welcome would greet him-‘Bharat Mata—ki Jai’! He would ask the crowd unexpectedly what they meant by that cry, I who was this ‘Bharat Mata’, whose victory they wanted? His question would surprise them, and then, not knowing what to answer, they would look at each other. He persisted in his questioning. At last a vigorous jat, wedded to the soil from immemorial generations, said that it was the Dharti (the good earth) of India that they meant. What earth was it? Their particular village patch, or all the patches in the district or province, or in the whole of India? Nehru would then endeavour to explain that India was all that they had thought, and much more. The mountains, the rivers, the forests, and the broad fields which gave them food, but what counted ultimately was the people like them who were spread out all over this vast land. Bharat Mata was essentially these millions of people, and victory to her meant victory to these people!

Travelling by train, the landscape and the landmarks flash past his eyes. He wanders over to the Himalayas and sees the mighty rivers – the remote Brahmaputra, the Yamuna, and the Ganga – that flow from this great mountain barrier into the plains of India, from their source to the sea. India unfolds with its waterfalls, rivulets and seas, with her richness of life and its renunciation, of growth and decay, of birth and death.

He visits old monuments Ajanta, Ellora and the Elephanta Caves. He sees the lovely buildings in Agra and Delhi where every stone tells its story of India’s past. At Saranath, near Banaras, he could almost hear the Buddha’s first sermon. The inscriptions on the Ashoka Pillars of stone make their inscriptions speak to him. At Fatehpur—Sikri, he almost hears Akbar converse with the learned of all faiths. Slowly, the long panorama of India’s history unfolds itself before him with its ups and downs, its triumphs and tragedies. To him, there is something unique about the continuity of a cultural tradition through 5000 years of an unbroken history.


Uploaded by Public.Resource.Org
Based on Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, The Discovery of India
With Roshan Seth as Jawaharlal Nehru
Om Puri as the Narrator
Produced and Directed by Shyam Benegal
Chief Assistant Director was Mandeep Kakkar
Executive Producer Raj Plus
Script by Shama Zaldi and Sunil Shanbag
A production of Doordarshan
Bharat Ek Khoj—The Discovery of India
A Production of Doordarshan, the Government of India’s Public Service Broadcaster




  1. I’m going to view all episodes,
    What a love & affection of Pandit Nehru for India, leave aside politics to politicians.we have thinking & works other than Politics.
    All my respect to Shyam Benegal, who brought this to us……..

  2. Lockdown main Ramayan Mahabharat ke wajah Bharat ek khij dikha daite to sab thik ho jata

  3. Every episode is a gem and worth 500 episodes of todays serials where you see either family drama or vulgarity….you may argue that new people are also making serials like Mahabharata, but I say new such serials also contains unnecessary family drama and out of history stuff more

  4. भारत माता की जय……Good explain .🇮🇳🇮🇳

  5. This show is amazing only this is reason I am talking history subject now I'm a history teacher thank you bro

  6. I am from Pakistan.I came here to know the point of view of indian side that what happened during partition.Here we are brainwashed by our educational system.So its necessary for people of both sides to come closer and listen to each other.Lots of love for people of india.

  7. A true discovery, only someone like Nehru, who had a deep insight about India can make!

  8. Kind Request:
    In this first episode, there are many places in India where the areal shooting was made, those sculptures, paintings, etc. if possible, please show the name of those places, sculptures, and paintings, etc.

  9. रामायन और महाभारत से भी बड़ी कहानी नेहरू जी ने लिख दिया ।
    5000 सालो का इतिहास, सारी कहानियों को निचोड़कर एक ही ग्रंथ मे जमा कर दिया।

  10. When we were kid we hate this type of program but now we understand what is value of these type of program ❤️ thanks doordarsahan for giving us valuable program 🥰😘


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