On the Independence Day of India, we look at photographs of Madras presidency from pre-independence era. The presidency was one of the hotbeds of the Indian National Movement and produced numerous leaders and independence activist. Get nostalgic as you glance through these black and white gems.

Chennai Central Railway Station-1925

Chennai Central Railway Station-1925

A student at University of Madras

A student at University of Madras

Annie Besant formed Home Rule League in 1915

Annie Besant formed Home Rule League in 1915

Gandhi visiting Madras presidency in 1933 to talk about Harijan issues

Gandhi visiting Madras presidency in 1933 to talk about Harijan issues

Gandhi at Hindi Prachar Sabha

Gandhi at Hindi Prachar Sabha (Source : Gandhi Study Centre)

A Group photo of Justice Party leaders of the Madras Presidency taken in 1920s

A Group photo of Justice Party leaders of the Madras Presidency taken in 1920s

The Hindu and the Madras Mahajan Sabha

The Hindu and the Madras Mahajan Sabha