India is gearing up to celebrate its 68th Independence Day on 15th August 2014. This day holds a special place in every Indian's heart as the country was freed from hundreds of years of British rule, inaugurating the world's largest democracy.
India finally achieved freedom following independence movements including the nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience movements led by prominent freedom fighters and the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.
Pandit Jawahar Lana Nehru became the first prime minister of the country and hoisted the tricolour flag on 15th August 1947.
Since then, the day is celebrated across India with much enthusiasm and vigour. The day is commemorated by paying homage to all the great patriots of the country who sacrificed their lives for their fellow men.
Below are memorable quotes to commemorate the Indian Independence Day.
1. "Give me blood and I will give you freedom!" - Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose
2. "Get up, we have no time to lose. Take up your arms! We shall carve our way through the enemy's ranks, or if God wills, we shall die a martyr's death. And in our last sleep we shall kiss the road that will bring our Army to Delhi. The road to Delhi is the road to Freedom. Chalo Delhi (March to Delhi)." - Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose
3. Every citizen of India must remember that...he is an Indian and he has every right in this country but with certain ...duties. - Sardar Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel
4. 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. -Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
5. "How can one be compelled to accept slavery? I simply refuse to do the master's bidding. He may torture me, break my bones to atoms and even kill me. He will then have my dead body, not my obedience. Ultimately, therefore, it is I who am the victor and not he, for he has failed in getting me to do what he wanted done." - Mahatma Gandhi
6. "At the dawn of history India started on her unending quest, and trackless centuries are filled with her striving and the grandeur of her success and her failures. Through good and ill fortune alike she has never lost sight of that quest or forgotten the ideals which gave her strength." - Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
7. Mother, I bow to thee! Rich with thy hurrying streams, Bright with orchard gleams, Cool with thy winds of delight, Green fields waving , Mother of might, Mother free. Glory of moonlight dreams, Over thy branches and lordly streams, Clad in thy blossoming trees, Mother, giver of ease, Laughing low and sweet! Mother I kiss thy feet, Speaker sweet and low! Mother, to thee I bow." - Bankim Chandra Chaterjee
8. "We end today a period of ill fortune and India discovers herself again. The achievement we celebrate today is but a step, an opening of opportunity, to the greater triumphs and achievements that await us. Are we brave enough and wise enough to grasp this opportunity and accept the challenge of the future?" - Jawaharlal Nehru
9. When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous. - Albert Einstein
10. 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. - Max Mueller (German scholar)