A Million Steps

English (subtitled), 23 min, 2003, India

In the 1860's, the British, keen to know the terrain of Tibet in case the Russians invaded India through Lhasa, trained Indian surveyors to disguise themselves, enter Tibet and carry on surveys incognito. Over the next twenty years, many Indian surveyors, known today as the 'Pundits', entered Tibet disguised as monks or traders and carried out the most authoritative surveys of their times and contributed to the map of Asia. This film is a short documentary attempting to look at the adventures of three of these surveyors.

Survey of India, Vital Films
Creative Crew
Apal Singh, Ranjan Palit
Nirmal Chander
Pankaj Butalia
Arjun Sen