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HT archives: When Britain told free India to ‘go forward in tranquillity’

British Prime Minister Clement Attlee’s ‘Greetings To Nehru’ in Hindustan Times’ August 15, 1947 edition wished ‘peace and prosperity’ for independent India.

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British Prime Minister Clement Attlee’s ‘Greetings To Nehru’ in Hindustan Times’s August 15, 1947 edition wished ‘peace and prosperity’ for independent India. Here is a verbatim version of the report.

My colleagues in the United Kingdom Government joined with me in sending on this historic day greetings and good wishes to the Government and the people of India. It is our earnest wish that India may go forward in tranquillity and prosperity and in so doing contribute to the peace and prosperity of the world, says Mr Attlee, British Prime Minister, in a message to Pandit Nehru.

Pandit Nehru’s reply to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom said on behalf of my colleagues in the Government of India and myself. I wish to our grateful thanks for your message of greeting on this historic day when India emerges into freedom. That freedom means much to us but also means much to Asia in the World. We hope to utilize that freedom for the advancement of our own people as well as for the furtherance of the peace and prosperity of the world.

First Published: Aug 14, 2017 15:29 IST