Long years ago, we made a tryst with destiny and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge... At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.-Rabindranath Tagore
On the eve of independence, August 15 1947.
We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made! - Jawaharlal Nehru
If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India!- Albert Einstein
India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most astrictive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only! - Romaine Rolland, French scholar
She (India) has left indelible imprints on one fourth of the human race in the course of a long succession of centuries. She has the right to reclaim ... her place amongst the great nations summarizing and symbolizing the spirit of humanity. From Persia to the Chinese sea, from the icy regions of Siberia to Islands of Java and Borneo, India has propagated her beliefs, her tales, and her civilization! - Mark Twain
India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border!
Hu Shih, former Ambassador of China to USA
So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked. - Sylvia Levi
If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered on the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions, I should point to India. - Mark Twain
Independence Day Slogans
I love India. Vande Mataram!!
Madan Mohan Malaviya --"Satyameva Jayathe" (Truth alone will win)
Bal Gangadhar Tilak --"Swaraj is my birthright and I shall have it"
Subhas Chandra Bose -- "Delhi Chalo" and "Tum Mujhe Khoon Do main Tumhe Ajadi Doonga" 'Our nation is like a tree of which the original trunk is swarajya and the branches are swadeshi and boycott.'
BAL GANGADHAR TILAK -- 'Whatever difficulties we may face, we must never give up the quest for truth,which alone is God himself.'
GANDHIJI -- 'Apparently, I've acted like a terrorist. But I'm not a terrorist.'
BHAGAT SINGH -- 'The essential thing in religion is making the heart pure. The kingdom of heaven is within us but only pure heart can see the 'king' !'
SWAMI VIVEKANANDA -- 'Give me blood, I will give you freedom.'