India is celebrating its 72nd Republic Day or R-Day today on January 26, 2021. On the same day in 1950, the constitution came into effect and became a governing document of the country.
Many freedom fighters sacrificed their lives to achieve freedom from British colonialists and erected the country as a “Sovereign, Democratic and Republic.”
Let us look back at those who led the liberation movement and their famous speeches.
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Jawaharlal Nehru: Tryst with Destiny
At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom: Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, while addressing the Constituent Assembly on August 14, 1947, towards freedom of India, had delivered a speech, using the phrase “Tryst with Destiny.” The speech became one of his iconic speeches. Many directors and writers used his speech as a reference in their movies and books.
Netaji SC Bose: Give me blood, and I will give you freedom
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose had used this phrase while delivering his motivation speech for the Indian National Army in Burma in 1944. This phrase became popular across the country.
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Bal Gangadhar Tilak: Swaraj is my birthright
Bal Gangadhar Tilak: Swaraj is my birthright, and I shall have it.
Firebrand freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak strongly proposed ‘purna swaraj’ or ‘total self-rule,’ and ardently struggled for it. He delivered a speech in Nashik in 1917 when he came out of prison after six years.“Swaraj is my birthright, and I shall have it,” he famously said.