“Some men are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon themselves.” Truly great men are really born great. It was exactly the case with Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of free India and an outstanding statesman. Today I am here to speak some of the noble words from his most famous speech, “The Tryst with destiny”. This is the speech which he delivered to the Constituent Assembly in New Delhi at midnight on August 14, 1947.
"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. 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 suppressed, finds utterance. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. It is fitting that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity.
That future is not one of ease or resting but of incessant striving so that we may fulfill 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.
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 are citizens of a great country. 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. To the nations and peoples of the world we send greetings and pledge ourselves to cooperate with them in furthering peace, freedom...
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