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India celebrates 77th Independence Day

India celebrated its 77th Independence Day on Tuesday (August 15) with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the crowd in a 90-minute speech at Red Fort in New Delhi and unfurling the flag from the Lahori Gate of the historic monument.

India celebrated its hard-won Independence from the British at the stroke of midnight on 14 August 1947, during which the country’s first PM, Jawaharlal Nehru delivered his famous first speech to the Indian Constituent Assembly in the Parliament House, ‘Tryst with Destiny’. 

It began with the lines: “Long years ago, we made a tryst with destiny. Now the time has come when we shall redeem our pledge – not wholly or in full measure – but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.”

Source : wionews