"Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now that time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of today's 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 new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. It is fitting that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity with some pride."
That is the start of the historic speech that Jawaharlal Nehru at parliament house, towards midnight on August 14, 1947. The speech is commonly referred to as the "Tryst with Destiny" speech. The speech is considered one of the greatest speeches of the 20th century. While the speech is optimistic about the future of India, it was given against the backdrop of communal tensions and the partition. At the start of the speech, when Nehru says the pledge is not redeemed wholly or in full measure, he is referring to the partition of India.
Today's Google Doodle commemorates the speech by showing Nehru at the constituent assembly, delivering the speech. Nehru's speech was interrupted frequently with loud applause from an enthusiastic applause from the Indian Constituent Assembly. Although originally delivered in English, there was a Hindi version recorded, that was broadcast on All India Radio.
Published Date: Aug 15, 2016 08:52 am | Updated Date: Aug 15, 2016 08:52 am