Reflecting on India at 75!

Getting freedom from the British was one thing; and going through the horrors of partition was a totally different thing, the scars of which have not healed even till this date.

Reflecting on India at 75!
Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, delivering his Tryst with Destiny speech on the eve of independence. It is considered to be one of the greatest speeches of the 20th century. source: University of Cambridge

It is indeed a historic day for all of India that the country is celebrating its 75th Independence Day, a time indeed for some reflection and introspection on the road traveled and what lies ahead in the years and decades to come. The souls who had fought for our Independence did so not merely to shake off the yoke of colonialism but in a sincere belief that there was a future that had the betterment of all in the process. That India was plundered in a variety of ways was for everyone to see but in the last seven and a half decades there has been the conscious effort to look ahead and not merely live and gripe about the past.

In his famous speech at Independence Jawaharlal Nehru said, “Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of 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.” In the same breadth he also threw a challenge to the country: “The achievement we celebrate today is but a step, an opening of opportunity, the greater triumphs and achievements that await us. Are we brave enough to and wise enough to grasp this opportunity and accept the challenge of the future? Freedom and power brings responsibility. …”