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Words spoken at the right time can leave an everlasting impact on our minds. And if these words are spoken by someone we admire or look up to, their power increases manifold.

In India’s history, there have been many such occasions when our leaders delivered the most powerful speeches that we remember till date. Here are ten of those unforgettable speeches:

1. Tryst With Destiny by Jawaharlal Nehru

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Excerpt:

Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. 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.

Read the complete speech here.


2. Freedom is My Birthright by Bal Gangadhar Tilak

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Excerpt:

Freedom is my birthright. So long as it is awake within me, I am not old. No weapon can cut this spirit, no fire can burn it, no water can wet it, no wind can dry it.

Read the complete speech here.



3. Crisis of Civilization by Rabindranath Tagore

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Excerpt:

As I look around I see the crumbling ruins of a proud civilization strewn like a vast heap of futility. And yet I shall not commit the grievous sin of losing faith in Man. I would rather look forward to the opening of a new chapter in his history after the cataclysm is over and the atmosphere rendered clean with the spirit of service and sacrifice. Perhaps that dawn will come from this horizon, from the East where the sun rises. A day will come when unvanquished Man will retrace his path of conquest, despite all barriers, to win back his lost human heritage.

Read the complete speech here.



4. Give Me Blood and I Will Give You Freedom by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose

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Excerpt:

We should have but one desire today- the desire to die so that India may live- the desire to face a martyr’s death, so that the path to freedom may be paved with the martyr’s blood. Friends! my comrades in the War of Liberation! Today I demand of you one thing, above all. I demand of you blood. It is blood alone that can avenge the blood that the enemy has spilt. It is blood alone that can pay the price of freedom. Give me blood and I promise you freedom.

Read the complete speech here.



5. My Vision For India by APJ Abdul Kalam

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Excerpt:

“YOU say that our government is inefficient. YOU say that our laws are too old. YOU say, say and say. What do YOU do about it? ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR INDIA AND DO WHAT HAS TO BE DONE TO MAKE INDIA WHAT AMERICA AND OTHER WESTERN COUNTRIES ARE TODAY.”

Read the complete speech here.