“The future beckons to us. Whither do we go and what shall be our endeavor? 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.”
The infamous Independence day speech by Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru promised not only freedom for the country but also hope. Hope for a better future for the millions, who were alien to the concept of democracy, state, nation and all the things that the colonisers stripped us of. A nation was then born, divided, brought together like the pieces of a puzzle and from there the journey of an independent India began. The end goal was set and promises were made, but have we been able to keep those promises and fulfill those wishes?