IMG 0910 - India House Plaques

There are twelve of these decorative plaques on the outside of India House (aka the Indian Embassy.) These can be seen along the frontage in Aldwych and its side street (India Place) leading to The Strand.
It seems 14 of these decorative plaques were intended, for two unfinished ones can be seen by the Jawaharlal Nehru memorial in India Place. What the 14 were for is a mystery as contemporary accounts tell us “a row of gilt and coloured plaques of carved stone suggest the twelve provinces of India.” (Melbourne Argus 1930)
I dont think anyone has featured all twelve plaques on their blog before! These are pictured in sequential order from Aldwych round into India Place.(eg from the junction with Kingsway to the Jawaharlal Nehru memorial.)
The one with the swastikas is without a doubt the most photographed one. One must remember this was a Hindu symbol of peace and fertility long before the Nazis hijacked it. There are quite a few other locations in London where swastikas can also be seen, clearly indicative of its earlier peaceful origins as well as being a good luck charm.
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