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India's Freedom Struggle 1857-1947A Short History$
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Peter Heehs

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780195627985

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195627985.001.0001

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The Challenge of the Future

The Challenge of the Future

(p.181) Epilogue The Challenge of the Future
India's Freedom Struggle 1857-1947

Peter Heehs

Oxford University Press

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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