14 November 2010 | By: Writing Buddha

Chacha Nehru's Independence Speech on 15th August, 1947 !!!

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        So its Children Day. A lovely day to celebrate. Parents can shower the love to their child by gifting them some valuable things and making them feel special. These days aren't meant to bless the children with love only for a day but it means that if you don't love the kids, start loving from now. Today, the Children Day is only celebrated in India and not in the world. Different countries celebrate Children Day according to their beliefs and priorities. We celebrate it because our first Prime Minister- Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru loved the children a lot. Whenever he met them he used to give them Red Roses. He was the only minister who loved children so passionately and selflessly and hence we Indians declared Children Day on his birthday. So, we also have the birthday of Jawaharlal Nehru today. May God bless his soul. He was one of the best Prime Minister we had. His late night speech on 15th August, 1947 is the most remarkable and remembered speech of the era as he announced that the world is sleeping but India has woke up now. Wow. It is so motivating.

            Rather than giving my thoughts on Children Day, it is better to share Chacha Nehru's words on the eve of Freedom. It is considered to be one of the most effective and beautiful speeches of 20th Century. I have heard its Radio Telecast in a recording. I was moved to here his voice. But for my dear readers, I have the script of the speech. Read it below.


Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long supressed, finds utterance. It is fitting that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedication to the service of Inida and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity.

At the dawn of history India started on her unending quest, and trackless centuries are filled with her striving and the grandeur of her success and her failures. Through good and ill fortune alike she has never lost sight of that quest or forgotten the ideals which gave her strength. We end today a period of ill fortune and India discovers herself again. The achievement we celebrate today is but a step, an opening of opportunity, to the greater triumphs and achievements that await us. Are we brave enough and wise enough to grasp this opportunity and accept the challenge of the future?

Freedom and power bring responsibility. The responsibility rests upon this Assembly, a sovereign body representing the sovereign people of India. Before the birth of freedom we have endured all the pains of labour and our hearts are heavy with the memory of this sorrow. Some of those pains continue even now. Nevertheless, the past is over and it is the future that beckons to us now.

That future is not one of ease or resting but of incessant striving so that we may fulfil the pledges we have so often taken and the one we shall take today. The service of India means the service of the millions who suffer. It means the ending of poverty and ignorance and disease and inequality of opportunity. The ambition of the greatest man of our generation has been to wipe every tear from every eye. That may be beyond us, but as long as there are tears and suffering, so long our work will not be over.

And so we have to labour and to work, and work hard, to give reality to our dreams. Those dreams are for India, but they are also for the world, for all the nations and peoples are too closely knit together today for any one of them to imagine that it can live apart Peace has been said to be indivisible; so is freedom, so is prosperity now, and so also is disaster in this One World that can no longer be split into isolated fragments.

To the people of India, whose representatives we are, we make an appeal to join us with faith and confidence in this great adventure. This is no time for petty and destructive criticism, no time for ill-will or blaming others. We have to build the noble mansion of free India where all her children may dwell.


The appointed day has come-the day appointed by destiny-and India stands forth again, after long slumber and struggle, awake, vital, free and independent. The past clings on to us still in some measure and we have to do much before we redeem the pledges we have so often taken. Yet the turning-point is past, and history begins anew for us, the history which we shall live and act and others will write about.

It is a fateful moment for us in India, for all Asia and for the world. A new star rises, the star of freedom in the East, a new hope comes into being, a vision long cherished materializes. May the star never set and that hope never be betrayed!

We rejoice in that freedom, even though clouds surround us, and many of our people are sorrowstricken and difficult problems encompass us. But freedom brings responsibilities and burdens and we have to face them in the spirit of a free and disciplined people.

On this day our first thoughts go to the architect of this freedom, the Father of our Nation [Gandhi], who, embodying the old spirit of India, held aloft the torch of freedom and lighted up the darkness that surrounded us. We have often been unworthy followers of his and have strayed from his message, but not only we but succeeding generations will remember this message and bear the imprint in their hearts of this great son of India, magnificent in his faith and strength and courage and humility. We shall never allow that torch of freedom to be blown out, however high the wind or stormy the tempest.

Our next thoughts must be of the unknown volunteers and soldiers of freedom who, without praise or reward, have served India even unto death.

We think also of our brothers and sisters who have been cut off from us by political boundaries and who unhappily cannot share at present in the freedom

that has come. They are of us and will remain of us whatever may happen, and we shall be sharers in their good [or] ill fortune alike.

The future beckons to us. Whither do we go and what shall be our endeavor? To bring freedom and opportunity to the common man, to the peasants and workers of India; to fight and end poverty and ignorance and disease; to build up a prosperous, democratic and progressive nation, and to create social, economic and political institutions which will ensure justice and fullness of life to every man and woman.

We have hard work ahead. There is no resting for any one of us till we redeem our pledge in full, till we make all the people of India what destiny intended them to be. We are citizens of a great country on the verge of bold advance, and we have to live up to that high standard. All of us, to whatever religion we may belong, are equally the children of India with equal rights, privileges and obligations. We cannot encourage communalism or narrow-mindedness, for no nation can be great whose people are narrow in thought or in action.

To the nations and peoples of the world we send greetings and pledge ourselves to cooperate with them in furthering peace, freedom and democracy.

And to India, our much-loved motherland, the ancient, the eternal and the ever-new, we pay our reverent homage and we bind ourselves afresh to her service.



             What a conduct of patriotism. I know you are not interested in reading my words after reading this. So its the time for me to exit. So Happy Children Day to everyone.



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Abhinav C.J. said...

Hey Bhaiya I'm back after a long time, right???

Now it so happens that I'm quite surprised by your post dedicated to Nehru... You say that the aforesaid speech made by him is so great - but I'm here to talk about the other side of the coin...

Have you ever thought that while making this speech, did that dumb twat ever think whether the Indian masses listening ever understood a word? Does speaking in Cambridge English to a population having 70% of it illiterate make any sense? Even today, I can challenge anyone to tell me the meaning of 'tryst with destiny'?!?! And this speech was made in 1947... So actually, he was just making a lot of noise & nothing else, right?

One may point out that he has made 'innumerable' sacrifices for freedom, but for me he's no more than a cunning politician with selfish motives... And let's not forget, the Kashmir issue would've never arisen had it not been for his outspoken behaviour!

What say?


Writing Buddha said...

Abhinav, my post and your comments are like u said, two different sides of a coin. Here coin is Nehru. And Yaa I agree that no one would have understood what he was speaking and broadcasting in all over India.. I think he was speaking in English so that Britishers can undrstand that they lost the fight. Hahaha..

Actually, I have read the books where Nehru is appreciated. I think Ill have to pick up a book where Ill find all the mistakes or wrong decisions he took in his era. So I dont have any idea abt why u stated him as Dumb Twat.. Hope after reading such articles or book, Ill get to know the facts which Im unaware of.

I think Abhinav, the TRYST WITH DESTINY means the meet with the destination(goal). Here goal is the freedom of India. Am I right? I hope I may be. uff... Wat I understood I have said. It may be wrong. If I am , nudge and correct..

And Dude, Yes... u are after a long time which I am not loving. hahaha..

Chalo would love to hear u time to time.

Anonymous said...

So he said in August 1947, "At the stroke of midnight hour, when the world sleeps..."

Wasn't he a highly ignorant man who did not know that it was daylight in both the Americas, and they would be wide awake at that time.

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