India is all set to celebrate its 69th Independence Day. After 2 centuries of British Raj and loss of lives in freedom struggle, India got Independence from the Britishers on the midnight of the 14-15th August.
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of Independent India, said, “At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.”
Nehru, who delivered first Independence Day speech ‘Tryst with Destiny’ has always been remembered as the most powerful and motivational speech as he inspired Indians to build a new nation.
“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 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.” Nehru said as India was nearing to its first Independence day 15th August.
Read the full speech here.
However there has been many personalities who inspired our nation. Time to time leaders do remind the young generation how many lives have been lost to live this life, They always continued to motivate and encourage us to maintain what India had achieved in 1947.
While many Congress Party’s Prime Ministers followed suit with what Nehru said, the opposition party prime ministers were remarkably different in their speech. Here is a check on what BJP’s first Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who is known for his sparkling oratory as the poet-PM, said on August 15, 2002 from the Red Fort.
“My dear countrymen, on this independence anniversary, we have a message – to come together, to work hard together to realize the dreams of our country. Our aim may be as high as the endless sky, but we should have a resolve in our minds to walk ahead, hand-in-hand, for victory will be ours. Come, let us strengthen this resolve by the cry of ‘Jai Hind’. “
Check out the full video:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-Pzo6JS4Fs]
After Vajpayee, it took another decade for the BJP to send its Prime Minister to give a speech from the Red Fort. The present Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his first speech after becoming the Prime Minister of India, brought forth his down-to-earth approach when he said on August 15, 2014: “ Stressing on the need for cleanliness, the Prime Minister announced his Government’s resolve for “Swachh Bharat” – a vision which will be launched on October 2nd this year, to be accomplished by 2019, on the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. “
See the complete speech here.
India is getting closer to completing seven decades of its Independence, the great freedom fighters of India fought against the Britishers to bestow us with freedom that we cherish now.
Wish you a very Happy Independence Day!