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The dawn of freedom speech by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Venue: Parliament of India Date: 14th August 1947 Situation: This speech has an interesting, if little known, origin. Jawaharlal Nehru had requested Dr. Radhakrishnan to speak after him on the night of August 14th at the Indian Constituent Assembly. With the request came a directive. Nehru told Radhakrishnan once he was called upon to speak, he should continue till midnight so...

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My Father, Do Not Rest by Sarojini Naidu

Venue:  Broadcast on All India Radio Date: February 1, 1948 Like Christ of old on the third day he has risen again in answer to the cry of his people and the call of the world for the continuance of his guidance, his love, his service and inspiration. And while we all mourn, those who loved him, knew him personally,...

The Light has gone out of our lives by Jawaharlal Nehru 0

The Light has gone out of our lives by Jawaharlal Nehru

Venue: Address to the nation broadcasted over All India Radio after assassination of Mahatma Gandhi Date: January 30, 1948 Friends and Comrades, The light has gone out of our lives and there is darkness everywhere. I do not know what to tell you and how to say it. Our beloved leader, Bapu as we called him, the Father of the Nation,...

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Proclamation of Emergency by Indira Gandhi

Location: Indira Gandhi’s Emergency announcement aired on All India Radio Date: 8 AM, June 26, 1975 The President has proclaimed an emergency. This is nothing to panic about. I am sure you are all conscious of the deep and widespread conspiracy which has been brewing ever since I began introducing certain progressive measure of benefit to the common man and...

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Go Kiss the World by Subroto Bagchi

Venue: IIM, Bangalore Date: March 2006 I was the last child of a small-time government servant, in a family of five brothers. My earliest memory of my father is as that of a District Employment Officer in Koraput, Orissa. It was, and remains as back of beyond as you can imagine. There was no electricity; no primary school nearby and...