Tryst With Destiny



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. ”

—Tryst with Destiny speech, Jawaharlal Nehru, 15 August 1947

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