This is part of the speech given by Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India at its independence on 15th August 1947, sixty years ago today:
Jawaharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi (as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was known), together with Muhammad Ali Jinnah for Pakistan (whom I wrote about yesterday), were the two principal architects of and intellects behind the struggle for Indian independence:
Celebrating sixty years of Indian independence
15th August 1947 - 15th August 2007
'Father of the Nation'
First Prime Minister of independent India
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"Growth, when unevenly spread, dwarfs overall prosperity.
"We have to ensure equitable growth for all. The fruits of economic development must necessarily touch, especially, the living and working conditions of our toiling masses and people below the poverty line.
"For our nation to rise and claim its glorious destiny, we must realise that it is our billion hands that can shape it."