Jawaharlal Nehru: Speeches on the Granting of Indian Independence

(1947)

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Jawaharlal Nehru's speeches “Tryst with Destiny” and “The Appointed Day” together constitute a visionary statement regarding the future of India and the Indian Subcontinent. These speeches on freedom derive their fundamental justification from the principle of swaraj, or self-rule. They marked the end of British rule in India, which began in the mid-eighteenth century and ended with independence.

Nehru's speech “Tryst with Destiny,” delivered to the Constituent Assembly on the eve of...