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Home Capture Memories Read contributions Major Events Pre-1950 Tryst with Destiny by Jawaharal Nehru
Tryst with Destiny by Jawaharal Nehru Print E-mail

Editor's note: This is the full text of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's speech on the midnight of August 14, 1947 to India's Constituent Assembly (precursor to Parliament).

Please see http://www.indiaofthepast.org/contribute-memories/read-contributions/major-events-pre-1950/139-nehrus-tryst-with-destiny-speech-text for a video of the speech.

Further, www.indiaofthepast.org, the successor to this website, has a significant amount of material related to 15 August 1947 at http://www.indiaofthepast.org/contribute-memories/read-contributions/major-events-pre-1950/334-indias-first-independence-day

Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the 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 the 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.

At the dawn of history India started on her unending quest, and trackless centuries are filled with her striving and the grandeur of her success and her failures. Through good and ill fortune alike she has never lost sight of that quest or forgotten the ideals which gave her strength. We end today a period of ill fortune and India discovers herself again. The achievement we celebrate today is but a step, an opening of opportunity, to the greater triumphs and achievements that await us. Are we brave enough and wise enough to grasp this opportunity and accept the challenge of the future?

That future is not one of ease or resting but of incessant striving so that we may fulfil the pledges we have so often taken and the one we shall take today. The service of India means the service of the millions who suffer. It means the ending of poverty and ignorance and disease and inequality of opportunity. The ambition of the greatest man of our generation has been to wipe every tear from every eye. That may be beyond us, but as long as there are tears and suffering, so long our work will not be over.

And so we have to labour and to work, and work hard, to give reality to our dreams. Those dreams are for India, but they are also for the world, for all the nations and peoples are too closely knit together today for any one of them to imagine that it can live apart Peace has been said to be indivisible; so is freedom, so is prosperity now, and so also is disaster in this One World that can no longer be split into isolated fragments.

We have to build the noble mansion of free India where all her children may dwell. 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. 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, and history begins anew for us, the history which we shall live and act and others will write about.

It is a fateful moment for us in India, A new star rises, the star of freedom in the East, a new hope comes into being, a vision long cherished materializes. May the star never set and that hope never be betrayed! We rejoice in that freedom,

The future beckons to us. Whither 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 and ignorance and disease; to build up a prosperous, democratic and progressive nation, and to create social, economic and political institutions which will ensure justice and fullness of life to every man and woman.

We have hard work ahead. There is no resting for any one of us till we redeem our pledge in full, till we make all the people of India what destiny intended them to be. We are citizens of a great country on the verge of bold advance, and we have to live up to that high standard. All of us, to whatever religion we may belong, are equally the children of India with equal rights, privileges and obligations. We cannot encourage communalism or narrow-mindedness, for no nation can be great whose people are narrow in thought or in action.

To the nations and peoples of the world send greetings and pledge ourselves to cooperate with them in furthering peace, freedom and democracy. And to India, our much-loved motherland, the ancient, the eternal and the ever-new, we pay our reverent homage and we bind ourselves afresh to her service. Jai Hind.

 

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Hari Ram Verma   |2012-02-01
A Wonderful speech.
Please give the Hindi version of the speech.
kalpana   |2012-05-03
its a very good site for shot stories is helps a lot.... thank u so much
Shreya   |2012-07-26
nce speech.
Simin   |2012-08-02
a very inspiring one
Punit   |2012-08-14
Awesome..hope to find other historical stuff too..
Thanks
sindhu   |2012-08-15
its an inspiring journal.....
sowmya   |2012-12-25
it was very inspiring and very helpfull too
omi   |2012-12-25
inspiring one
demera   |2012-11-05
wow!!!
ushe   |2012-11-05
i feel inspired!
megh@  - re:   |2012-11-05
gr8 speech by gr8 one
kk   |2012-12-25
i m touched
sriram   |2012-12-20
i like it
girish pareek   |2013-01-24
Post your comments here.
if i would have been there on that
night.
never go it invain.
Manoharan Thottarath   |2013-01-29
Jawahalal Nehru's speech Tryst with Destiny made on the midnight of 14th August
1947 is indeed a master piece. It is a great speech by a great statesman who led
India into independence. I think our present generation politicians should read
it for their guidance. The speech is very emotional but outlines what India
stood for. I salute Nehru, the architect of modern India.Post your comments
here.
Manoharan Thottarath   |2013-01-29
The Tryst With Destiny Speech by Jawaharlal Nehru is a master piece. It sums up
the ideals for which India stands for. Political work is considered as service
to the humanity. Politicians of our present generation should read and
understand the history of India and its freedom struggle. It will be a good
education for them.
vikas kumar   |2013-03-06
Post your comments here.
awesome speech
awesome speech of tryst with destiny by jawahar lal
nehru.and I salute to national hero sacrificed their life to make
us happy. jai hind.
Devashish kumar   |2014-03-06
Post your comments here.
It is most inspiring speech it inspire us in every
moment of our life.Every body should read this!
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