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Nehru’s message to India in newspapers on 15 August 1947

The Appointed Day (Nehru’s Message to the nation on Independence Day printed in the newspapers on 15 August 1947)

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The Appointed Day has come—the day appointed by destiny, and India stands forth again after long slumber and struggle—awake, vital, free and independent. The past clings on to us still in some measure and we have to do much before we redeem the pledges we have so often taken. Yet the turning-point is past, history begins anew for us, the history which we shall live and act, and others will write about.

It is a fateful moment for us in India, for all Asia and for the world. A new star rises, the star of freedom in the East, a new hope comes into being, a vision long cherished materialises May the star never set and that hope never be betrayed

We rejoice in that freedom, even though clouds surround us, and many of our people are sorrow-stricken and difficult problems encompass us. But freedom brings responsibilities and burdens and we have to face them in the spirit of a free and disciplined people.

On this day our first thoughts go to the architect of this freedom, the Father of our Nation who, embodying the old spirit of India, held aloft the torch of freedom and lighted up the darkness that surrounded us. We have often been unworthy followers of his and have strayed from his message, but not only we, but succeeding generations, will remember this message and bear the imprint in their hearts of this great son of India, magnificent in his faith and strength and courage and humility. We shall never allow that torch of freedom to be blown out, however high the wind or stormy the tempest.

Our next thoughts must be of the unknown volunteers and soldiers of freedom who, without praise or reward, have served India even unto death.

We think also of our brothers and sisters who have been cut off from us by political boundaries and who unhappily cannot share at present in the freedom that has come. They are of us and will remain of us whatever may happen, and we shall be sharers in their good and ill fortune alike.

The future beckons to us. Whither do we go and what shall be our endeavour? To bring freedom and opportunity to the common man, to the peasants and workers of India. To fight and end poverty and ignorance and disease. To build up a prosperous, democratic and progressive nation, and to create social, economic and political institutions which will ensure justice and fullness of life to every man and woman.

We have hard work ahead. There is no resting for any one of us till we redeem our pledge in full, till we make all the people of India what destiny intended them to be. We are citizens of a great country, on the verge of bold advance, and we have to live up to that high standard. All of us, to whatever religion we may belong, are equally the children of India with, equal rights, privileges and obligations. We cannot encourage communalism or narrow-mindedness, for no nation can be great whose people are narrow in thought or in action.

To the nations and peoples of the world we send greetings and pledge ourselves to cooperate with them in furthering peace, freedom and democracy.

And to India, our much-loved motherland, the ancient, the eternal and the ever-new, we pay our reverent homage and we bind ourselves afresh to her service. Jai Hind!

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My recent tweets regarding Nehru’s fanatical commitment to equal rights for all religions

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My December 2004 email in which I request Sharad Joshi to take everyone into confidence

Date: Sun, 26 Dec 2004 11:17:09 +1100
From: Sanjeev Sabhlok
Subject: [SBP-Exec-support] for Sh. Sharad Joshi
To: executive@liberalpartyofindia.org

Dear Sh. Joshi,

1. I note that Sh. Ashok Desai has had to repeat his request on numerous
occasions now without a suitable response.You’ll agree that everyone
involved has displayed exemplary patience in waiting for you to allocate
time to urban liberals – who do not form your direct constituency but are
the backbone of the Indian liberal political movement. Could I request that
you do the needful in this case, rather urgently? Unless there is a reason
such as sickness or other pressing matter, such delays in communication can
potentially lead to misunderstandings and send a signal that you do not
really care for the larger Indian liberal cause. Let us not forget it was
this constituency that raised significant funds for SBP earlier this year,
and can, and will, do much greater wonders if fully persuaded of the
relevance of the task ahead.

Barun had raised concerns earlier this year about your shift of focus on a
smaller constituency at the possible expense of the greater Indian cause. I
believe inordinate delays such as this can fuel such concerns. We cannot
afford not to work as one team. We are too few of us.

2. I’ve noted your question raised in Parliament of 17 December 2004 (copy
attached). It is attached below for info of others. Not quite related to a
liberal issue, I think. It seems to support a ‘get more from government’
mentality and playing out one group of citizens against the others, instead
of saying: government, get out of our way! Why should people be stranded
anywhere merely because a state government bans “public” transport on hills
during night? Are there no other private operators willing to do that task?
If so maybe it is not an economically viable exercise and in that case
aren’t we effectively robbing some helpless tax payers to fund some
“special” people somewhere in the country? What happens if the time is
changed? Won’t someone else get affected? Why do we want to play off one
group against others? Maybe these people who choose to live in a remote
corner need to stay overnight at the station and then go home the next day.
We should be fighting to privatise the railways completely, I think, and
the abolition of state funded ‘public’ transport companies. Why do we allow
the state to run a transport business and not protest about it? And if it
chooses to run a business why do we tolerate a ban on running its own
chosen (monopolistic) business at night? What a Kafkaesque society do we
live in? Can we ask ‘big picture’ questions in the Parliament, please?

And are there plans to put up private member Bills, as earlier discussed?

Regards, Sanjeev

>Date: 19 Dec 2004 06:05:42 -0000
>From: ASHOK DESAI
>To: “Sanjeev Sabhlok”
>Subject: Re: [SBP-Exec-support] Babu Joseph’s material, and Ayn Rand
>Cc: executive@liberalpartyofindia.org

>For Mr Sharad Joshi
>
>You will recall your promise that when you were
next in Delhi, you would meet those of us who had misgivings about your
personal decision last March to form an alliance between Swatantra Bharat
Party and the Hindu joint family – the BJP and Shiv Sena. Parliament is
sitting – when the Hindu joint family allows it to. So I presume you are in
Delhi. Would you give me a few dates in the next two weeks so that I can
call a meeting between you and those who had questions about your
decision?
>
>Ashok V Desai

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