At their best, speeches highlight the concerns of the times and inspire a nation to great acts. From Surendranath Banerjea's 1979 speech on the issue of Indian unity to M.A. Jinnah's address in 1940 calling for the creation of Pakistan, from Homi Bhabha's espousal of the peaceful uses of nuclear energy in the 1960s to Rajiv Gandhi's remarkable address on disarmament in 1988, from Gopal Krishna Gokhale's first budget speech in the imperial legislative council in 1902 to Manmohan Singh's equally epoch-making one in 1992, great speeches have shaped the development of India as we know it today.
The Penguin Book of Modern Indian Speeches brings together over a hundred and fifty of the most influential and important speeches in our history, including Dadabhai Naoroji's maiden address to the House of Commons in 1892, Bhagat Singh's soul-stirring statement in court during his trial in 1930, Veer Savarkar's presidential address of the Hindu Mahasabha in 1937 articulating 'there are two nations...the Hindus and the Moslems, in India', and Jawaharlal Nehru's classic, 'Tryst with Destiny'. There are also others on an eclectic range of subjects - politics, economics, science, social and religious reform - by some of the best minds of India: C.V. Raman and Jagadish Bose, Sir Syed Ahmad and Pherozeshah Mehta, Rabindranath Tagore and Mahatma Gandhi, P.C. Mahalanobis and Amartya Sen, among others.
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