Independence Day Speech or Has India Really Progressed?

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"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…India discovers herself again." We are proud of our democracy. We are proud of our values and ideals

Today, we remember all those martyrs who laid down their lives for the freedom and security of our country. The best way of paying homage to those brave sons of our country will be to resolve today that we will always stay committed to strengthening the unity and integrity of our nation. Let us all together take a vow that we will spare no effort to take India to greater heights.

In the early hours of the 15th of August, 1947, when our nation had just become Independent, our first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru spoke to the nation and asked us all one important question on the very first day we became a free country: "Are we brave enough and wise enough to grasp this opportunity and accept the challenge of the future?"

Today, my fellow citizens, I stand here once again and ask you that same question. Are we ready to face the challenge of the future? Are we brave enough, to do so, and wise enough, in doing so? Can we rediscover the ideas and ideals that shaped our freedom struggle, and use them to take our country forward into the future? Are we willing to show the courage and the wisdom that Panditji wanted us to show in building a new India in a new world? Are we really independent?

Well that depends. A country cannot be independent till it can freely express its opinion and act based on its national and strategic interests. Yes, we are independent constitutionally. But let us give it a second thought and ask After 63 years, are we really independent? I do not think so. We still do not have complete freedom. Laws are made by our elected representatives and thrown upon on us. And we call ourselves the largest democracy in the world.

we are expected to...
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