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 supressed, finds utterance. It is fitting
that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedica...