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The Challenge of the Future

Peter Heehs

in India's Freedom Struggle 1857-1947

Published in print August 1991 | ISBN: 9780195627985
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080670 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195627985.003.0014

Series: Oxford India Paperbacks

The Challenge of the Future

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The day India attained independence, 15 August 1947, was a moment when an entire nation stepped out from the old to the new. In his stirring independence-eve speech, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru gave utterance to the soul of that nation. Reviewing the struggles of the past, summing up the joys and the sorrows of the present, he turned his eyes chiefly to India’s glorious ‘future that beckons’. Nehru noted the work that must be done. 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. Free India has made great strides towards the achievement of these four goals. The first great task of independent India was to frame for herself a Constitution. This responsibility rested upon the Constituent Assembly.

Keywords: Jawaharlal Nehru; Indian independence; 15 August 1947; Constituent Assembly

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