Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid heartfelt tribute to Jawaharlal Nehru's iconic "A tryst with destiny" speech during a special session at the old Parliament building. This historic speech, delivered on August 15, 1947, marked India's emergence as an independent nation after years of British colonial rule. In it, Nehru declared, "At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom," capturing the spirit of the nation at that momentous time.
As Prime Minister Modi traced the nearly eight-decade journey of the old Parliament building, he emphasized the enduring significance of Nehru's words. He remarked that the echo of this speech would continue to inspire the elected representatives of the country, reminding them of the remarkable journey India has undertaken since its independence.
The old Parliament building has witnessed many crucial moments in India's history, serving as a symbol of the nation's democratic evolution. PM Modi acknowledged the contributions of several leaders who had graced its chambers, from former Presidents like Rajendra Prasad to the present President, Ram Nath Kovind. He also mentioned the leadership of former Prime Ministers, including Lal Bahadur Shastri, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and Manmohan Singh, all of whom have played pivotal roles in shaping India's destiny.
While the parliamentary proceedings are moving to a new building, Prime Minister Modi stressed that the old Parliament building would forever inspire future generations. As a place where the nation's democratic journey unfolded, it holds a special place in India's history. The Prime Minister's address underscored the continuity of India's democratic values and the enduring commitment to the principles articulated by its founding leaders.