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From HT Archives: ‘New star rises’ | Nehru’s speech for Independence Day

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru spoke about a new India’s hopes and the call of history when the nation got independence.

IndependenceDay2017 Updated: Aug 14, 2017 14:57 IST
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Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru speaks at a function at Delhi’s Red Fort on August 15, 1947.(HT Photo)

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru spoke about a new India’s hopes and the call of history when the nation got independence. Here is a verbatim version of the story.

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, says Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in a message to the Nation on Freedom Day.

“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, history begins above 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 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 sorrow stricken 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 who, embodying the old spirit of India held aloft the torch of freedom and lightened 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 generation 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 humanity. 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 out 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 and ill for unea alike.

“The future beckons to us wither do we go and what shall be our endeavour? To bring freedom and opportunity to the common man, to the peasants and workers of India to fight and end poverty.

First Published: Aug 14, 2017 14:57 IST