On the midnight of August 14, 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru addressed the Constituent Assembly, delivering his well-known ‘Tryst with Destiny’ speech. In his tackle, Nehru evoked the country’s lengthy freedom battle and chalked out a path for its future. Here is an excerpt from his landmark speech:
“Long years in the past we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we will redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, however very considerably. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A second comes, which comes however not often in historical past, after we step out from the outdated to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, lengthy suppressed, finds utterance. It is becoming that at this solemn second we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her individuals and to the nonetheless bigger explanation for humanity.
At the daybreak of historical past India began on her never-ending quest, and trackless centuries are stuffed with her striving and the grandeur of her successes and her failures. Through good and in poor health fortune alike she has by no means overpassed that quest or forgotten the beliefs which gave her power. We finish in the present day a interval of in poor health fortune and India discovers herself once more. The achievement we rejoice in the present day is however a step, a gap of alternative, to the better triumphs and achievements that await us. Are we courageous sufficient and sensible sufficient to understand this chance and settle for the problem of the future ?
Freedom and energy convey duty. That duty rests upon this Assembly, a sovereign physique representing the sovereign individuals of India. Before the start of freedom we’ve got endured all the pains of labour and our hearts are heavy with the reminiscence of this sorrow. Some of these pains proceed even now. Nevertheless the previous is over and it’s the future that beckons to us now.
That future just isn’t one in all ease or resting however of incessant striving in order that we would fulfil the pledges we’ve got so usually taken and the one we will take in the present day. The service of India means the service of the thousands and thousands that suffer. It means the ending of poverty and ignorance and illness and inequality of alternative. The ambition of the biggest man of our technology has been to wipe each tear from each eye. That could also be past us however so long as there are tears and struggling, so lengthy our work won’t be over.
And so we’ve got to labour and to work and work arduous to offer actuality to our desires. Those desires are for India, however they’re additionally for the world, for all the nations and peoples are too intently knit collectively in the present day for anybody of them to think about that it could possibly stay aside.
Peace has been mentioned to be indivisible, so is freedom, so is prosperity now, and so is also catastrophe on this one world that may now not be break up into remoted fragments.
To the individuals of India, whose representatives we’re, we make attraction to hitch us with religion and confidence on this nice journey. This is not any time for petty and damaging criticism, no time for in poor health will or blaming others. We need to construct the noble mansion of free India the place all her youngsters could dwell.”