HT archives: Gandhi praised by Nehru, Patel in first Independence Day speech
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HT archives: Gandhi praised by Nehru, Patel in first Independence Day speech

The Hindustan Times on August 15, 1947 covered in details how India marked the moment of Independence.

IndependenceDay2017 Updated: Aug 14, 2017 14:12 IST
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Mahatama Gandhi lies in state at Birla House, New Delhi after his assissination. On January 30, 1948, Gandhi was shot by Nathrum Ram Godse during an evening prayer ceremony at Birla House.(Keystone/Getty Images)

‘INDIA INDEPENDENT : BRITISH RULE ENDS’. That was the lead headline of Hindustan Times on August 15, 1947. The newspaper’s edition that day reported about a range of events--from governors being sworn in to ‘homage to Mahatma Gandhi’. Here is a verbatim version of the story on Mahatma Gandhi:


Eloquent tributes to Mahatma Gandhi , the Father of the Nation , were paid by India’s leaders during the transfer of the power ceremony in the Constituent Assembly on Thursday night .

Pandit Nehru in his speech, referring to Gandhiji said: “ The ambition of the greatest man of our generation has been to wipe every tear from every eye. “ In his Independence message to the nation Pandit Nehru said: “....Succeeding generations will bear the imprint in their hearts of this great son of India, magnificent in his faith and strength and courage and humanity.

Dr Rajendra Prasad said: “ Gandhiji represents that undying spirit in our culture and make-up which has kept India alive through vicissitudes of history. He – enabled us to stand up for justice to claim our birth- right of freedom and placed on our hands the matchless and unfailing weapon of non-violence, which without arms and armaments has won us the invaluable prize of Swaraj...”

Sardar Patel said in his Independence message : “ We are proud to have brought India to its goal and acclaim the glorious results achieved by a long sustained , peaceful and non-violence struggle under Gandhiji’s inspring leadership.”

Acharya Kripalani said: “ That this (Independence) has been possible is due to the inspiring leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, who, if any man may so be called, is the Father of the Nation.”

First Published: Aug 14, 2017 13:38 IST