The Congress on Sunday released a handwritten copy of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s iconic first Independence Day address, in which he wrote about the country’s “date with destiny” but delivered it as a “tryst with destiny.”
Jairam Ramesh, Congress national secretary for communications, also posted a video of Nehru’s address given at the midnight session of the Constituent Assembly on August 15, 1947, the day India gained independence.
On Twitter, Ramesh said, “Nehru delivered his legendary ‘Tryst with Destiny’ address 75 years ago, shortly after midnight. This is his handwritten draught from 14.8.47. He had written it as a ‘date with destiny,’ but in a stroke of inspiration, he presented it as a ‘tryst with destiny.'”
75 years ago, a little after midnight, Nehru gave his immortal 'Tryst with Destiny' speech. Here’s his handwritten draft dated 14.8.47. He had penned it as 'date with destiny', but in a moment of true genius delivered it as 'tryst with destiny'.— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) August 14, 2022
The video: https://t.co/Ba0QESuZ8L pic.twitter.com/N5M5KgP7MZ
Nehru said in his handwritten note, “We set a date with destiny many years ago, and now the time has come to repay our commitment, not entirely or completely, but significantly. India will awaken to life and independence at the stroke of midnight, while the rest of the world sleeps.”
“Our time has arrived, which occurs very rarely in history, when we transfer from the old to the new, when an era ends and the nation’s spirit, long stifled, finds expression. It is right that we accept this serious vow of allegiance to the service of India and her people, as well as the greater cause of mankind…, “Nehru stated in his draught letter of August 14, 1947.