c v raman at the nobel presentation ceremony.

Came across this at the exhibition by Archives and Publications Cell in the Main Building:

When the Nobel award was announced I saw it as a personal triumph, an achievement for me and my collaborators— a recognition for a very remarkable discovery, for reaching the goal I had pursued for 7 years.

But when I sat in that crowded hall and I saw the sea of Western faces surrounding me, and I, the only Indian, in my turban and closed coat, it dawned on me that I was really representing my people and my country. I felt truly humble when I received the Prize from King Gustav; it was a moment of great emotion but I could restrain myself.

Then I turned round and saw the British Union Jack under which I had been sitting and it was then that I realised that my poor country, India, did not even have a flag of her own— and it was this that triggered off my complete breakdown.


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2 Responses to “c v raman at the nobel presentation ceremony.”

  1. Kiran Tikare Says:


    Thanks for posting it.

    Can i post it in http://forum.akhandabharat.org ?


  2. iisc Says:

    Kiran, please feel free to post anything from this blog to Akhanda Bharat. You don’t have to ask for permission.

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