Prime Minister Nehru Speaks on Indian Independence Day and related media

Prime Minister Nehru Speaks on Indian Independence Day

Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru addresses his nation on the eve of August 15, 1947, the day India gained its independence after nearly 100 years of British rule. In his inspired speech, Nehru reminds his fellow countrymen of their "tryst with destiny."

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