Sunday, August 13, 2006

Independence eve speeches by Nehru and Jinnah

From Bhupinder's great commentary on the speeches by Jawaharlal Nehru and Mohammad Ali Jinnah on the eve of their countries' independence:

However great the stature of the leaders, it would be too much to expect them to sum up the past and the future aspirations of the millions of people of the sub- continent with surgical precision.

But one cannot help noticing that between the two of them, they are pretty much right in the priorities that they set out for their nations.

The future developments in both the countries have belied the hopes that their speeches contained. Nearly all the challenges that they indicate continue to plague the two nations. The speeches are rather contemporary in that sense.


  1. Anonymous said...

    Happy Independence Day to all. I will try to read some of Nehru's speeches and parts of Gandhi's Autobiography if my wife's birthday celebrations allow it. She is aptly named Jhansi Lakshmi.

  2. Anonymous said...

    Thanks for the link, Abi. Glad you liked the post.

  3. Abi said...

    Swarup: Thanks for your comment. Enjoy your twin celebrations!

    Bhupinder: Thank you for that wonderful article.