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Jawaharlal Nehru

 

“At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which 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.”

“Tryst With Destiny” speech delivered to the Constituent Assembly of India on the granting of Indian Independence, New Delhi, India, Thursday 14 August 1947

Jawaharlal (Pandit) Nehru was born on 14 November 1889 and died on 27 May 1964. He was the first prime minister of independent India. The name Jawaharlal is from the Persian Javâher-e La’al, meaning “Red Jewel”, but Nehru was often referred to as “Pandit” – the Sanskrit word for scholar.

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