Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s stirring and epochal speech is one of those moments in history that will warm the hearts of non-political Indians for ever.
That straight-from-the-heart speech, capturing India’s tryst with destiny for the world to cherish and be inspired, is clear demonstration of his intellect and passion that served the country’s fight for freedom well.
Full of emotion and patriotic fervour, delivered with power and no drama, the speech alone is enough to cement Nehru’s position as one of India’s greatest leaders ever. Delivered 70 years ago, it continues to inspire people worldwide. It even served as inspiration for a Grammy-winning composition from jazz artist Ted Nash this year.
No amount of vilification from bigots and self-seeking politicians or rewriting of the history books can take that away from him.
Anything that Nehru and Indira Gandhi are remembered for simply does not go well with today’s narcissist prime minister Narendra Modi and his cronies.
G Joslin Vethakumar