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Listen: India’s Timekeepers and the Illogic of Standard Time

The National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi, where the atomic maintaining Indian Standard Time are kept. Source: NPL

The National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi, where the atomic maintaining Indian Standard Time are kept. Source: NPL

Some of us check the time on our wrists, but most increasingly on our phones. But, who dictates what the correct time is? The timekeepers of the nation are actually based at Delhi’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL), which holds the mandate to develop standards of measurement, including, among others, time. This episode comes to you from within the NPL, bringing you the origins of Indian Standard Time, along with a predicament – should such a large country have just one time zone?

This is the latest episode of The Intersection, a fortnightly podcast on Audiomatic. For more such podcasts visit audiomatic.in​.