How To Write A Speech For The Occasion Of Independence Day

In this article I would brief you about write an independence day speech, the basic format and things to include. Also I have included a sample Independence day speech and provided details on India's independence history and future challenges.

How to prepare an Independence Day speech

The basic format that you should follow-

1. Salutation- Address the guests of honour, dignitaries and the audience.
2. Wish happy independence day
3. Introduction- Give an introduction about how or when we got independence. Mention the year of the celebration for independence.
4. Glorious India-Mention the History of India and recent developments that took place after independence.
5. History of freedom struggle- Mention the Indian freedom struggle scene, mention various freedom fighters and tell how we must be indebted towards their sacrifices.
6. Quotes-Use some famous quotes with regard to independence.
7. Describe/suggest how we celebrate Independence day(optional)
8. Mention the duties of a citizen.
9. Conclusion
10. Jai Hind !

Remember the following points-
1.Write the speech in a patriotic tone and totally avoid humour. Remember we are paying homage to the freedom fighters who laid their lives for the independence of our nation. If you can see the visions in your mind and are pumped up with nationalistic feelings then you are going in the right direction.

2.Try to be positive as much as possible and avoid expressing negative feelings. If you bring up a social problem, then support it with suggestions on how we can eradicate it. Remember the speech Abdul Kalam gave about negativism in Indian media. If you haven't read it then google it, it is a must read for every Indian.

3.Support your statements with facts and historic instances.

Below is a sample of speech that you can follow to write your speech-

Respected chief guest, dignitaries and my dear friends,

On this auspicious occasion of India's 65th Independence Day, I take the pleasure to wish every citizen of India, a very happy independence day. On 15th August 1947, Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru hoisted the Indian flag in the Red fort and marked the independence of our great nation. In his memorable speech, 'Tryst with destiny' Punditji pledged our dedication towards our country and still larger for the cause of humanity.

India has a rich and glorious history. India has been called a golden bird and all the nations in the world looked upon India as the destination for education, commerce and culture. India was the supplier of various minerals and spices, traders from all over the world traded these rare ingredients and made huge profits. India is the place of birth of major religions like Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism which were later accepted and embraced by various other nations. India showed the path of truth and non violence to the world.

The contribution of India in the field of science is quite well known. In Albert Einstein's words,"We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made!"
Institutes like Takshashila and Nalanda were the hub of education and people from all over the world came here to study and enrich their knowledge. India gave the world the concept of zero; Aryabhatta gave the approximate value of pi up to five decimal places accurate. He also gave an almost correct approximation for the length of the year and the diameter of the earth. Thus India has leaded the world in the field of science and technology.

The country spans over 3,287,263 square kilometres from Jammu & Kashmir at the top to Kanyakumari at the south and Gujarat at the west to Manipur at the east. Together all this constitutes the great nation of India that every Indian is proud of. India is a nation of many culture, religion, language, ethnicity and this diversity make it a unique nation. The people of India live together harmoniously giving an example to the world and spreading the message of brotherhood and togetherness despite of differences in ideology and appearance.
Mark twain on his travels to India said,"This is indeed India! The land of dreams and romance, of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty, of splendour and rags, of palaces and hovels, of famine and pestilence, of genii and giants and Aladdin lamps, of tigers and elephants, the cobra and the jungle, the country of hundred nations and a hundred tongues, of a thousand religions and two million gods, cradle of the human race, birthplace of human speech, mother of history, grandmother of legend, great-grandmother of traditions, whose yesterday's bear date with the modering antiquities for the rest of nations-the one sole country under the sun that is endowed with an imperishable interest for alien prince and alien peasant, for lettered and ignorant, wise and fool, rich and poor, bond and free, the one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of all the rest of the world combined."

Although freedom has come free to us, freedom was achieved through blood and sacrifice. Our freedom fighters sacrificed their presents for the future of the nation. Great freedom fighters like Gandhiji, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad showed the path to achieve independence from the stranglehold of the British Empire. The sacrifices that thousands and thousands of Indians laid for the freedom of the country is commendable and we must never forget the sacrifices that they made for us. With a vision of a free India they laid their lives happily and never yielded to the heinous regime of the British Empire.

"Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamaare dil mein hai
Dekhna hai zor kitna baazu-e-qaatil mein hai"
Meaning 'The desire to sacrifice is now in our hearts, we shall now see how much strength is in the arms of the enemy.'

"Inquilab Zindabad"
Meaning 'Long live revolution'
With these words in their breath these freedom fighters shattered the British Empire and compelled them to leave India.

Dear friends, India has travelled a long road since independence and I am proud to mention some of the achievements that this great country has achieved in this short period. India is the world's ninth largest economy, and has become one of the world's largest fastest growing economies. In recent times, India has been well known over the world for its achievements in various fields, especially in the field of electronics and information technology. India has one of the world's biggest and best railways and transportation system. India is one of the few countries with space technology. The Indian defence force is highly commended and is one of the largest in the world. India is the best supplier of milk, cotton, banana and one of the biggest supplier of food grains and minerals. India is the number one in remote sensing satellites. India has the largest pool of qualified personnel and Indians are all over the world in many fields expressing India's involvement in the development of the world. India has world class medical and scientific technologies and facilities.

Although India is well to do in many fields and has progressed quite well, India still needs to take bolder steps to curb some of the social and political problems that it is facing. Due to the political and economical instability in the neighbouring countries, India is facing a great deal of problems because of terrorism. We must maintain good relations with our neighbours and take interest in their economical development. We must keep in mind that the real cause of the problems between the countries is not because of the differences but more because of some political or selfish agendas. India has been a victim of various terrorist attacks in the border states of Jammu and Kashmir and north east states, and quite some times in inner states as well as we can see from the attack on parliament and Mumbai . We must give encouragement to the peace process and talks. We must make our neighbours realise the importance of peace and prosperity between the nations and end the dispute of land and other disputes. We must make sure that there is no ground for germination of the seeds of terrorism in the country and make sure people of India live together despite the differences.

Also there are other issues that need to be addressed such as poverty, illiteracy, corruption and unemployment. Just remember here that India is a developing country and like other developing countries India too is facing these problems.Indian government is already doing its part by launching new laws and schemes to curb these social menaces. Free education is imparted to the poor students and right to education has been incorporated in the constitution. Stricter rules have been laid down for corruption, right to information bill has been passed and any Indian citizen can ask the credibility of functioning of the government. Recently the lokpal bill has got a nod wherein people in high ranks are also under the anti corruption laws. Although the bill hasn't fully been accepted by the people of India, but still it is a big step forward towards curbing corruption. More employment opportunities are provided for people and self employment has been given encouragement. Banks are providing loans so that people can open up their own business.

Despite of the steps taken by the government, these social evils are very much prevalent in the society. This is where we come into the scene. Mother Teresa once said, "Do not wait for leaders, do it alone, person to person." We must make sure that there is no breeding ground for these social evils. We must abjure the feeling of hatred towards people on the basis of gender, caste, religion, colour or ideologies. Give equal respect to all the people in the world and spread the message of brotherhood and peace. We must never take or give bribe and rather complain against such practices. We must try to educate the illiterate people living around us. We must keep a track on the various schemes that the government takes up for the upliftment of the poor and help the needy ones know and understand them. We must discourage child labour and refuse to have service from a place where underage children work. We must keep the place we live clean and make sure that everything that is garbage goes in the dustbin and not on the streets. We must not confine ourselves to the traditional jobs but constantly search for newer pastures so that jobs are not overcrowded. We must exercise our voting rights and choose the correct candidate. We must strive to contribute in the development of the country and be ever grateful to the country.

Before I finish the speech, let me just state some essential knowledge that every Indian must know.

Fundamental Rights of an Indian Citizen-

1.Right to equality, including equality before law, prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth, and equality of opportunity in matters of employment
2.Right to freedom of speech and expression, assembly, association or union, movement, residence, and right to practice any profession or occupation (some of these rights are subject to security of the State, friendly relations with foreign countries, public order, decency or morality)
3.Right against exploitation, prohibiting all forms of forced labour, child labour and traffic in human beings;
4.Right to freedom of conscience and free profession, practice, and propagation of religion;
5.Right of any section of citizens to conserve their culture, language or script, and right of minorities to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice;
6.Right to constitutional remedies for enforcement of Fundamental Rights.
7.Right to property
8.Right to education

Fundamental duties of an Indian citizen-

1.To abide by the Constitution and respect its ideals and institutions, the National Flag and the National Anthem.
2.To cherish and follow the noble ideals which inspired our national struggle for freedom.
3.To uphold and protect the sovereignty, unity and integrity of India.
4.To defend the country and render national service when called upon to do so.
5.To promote harmony and the spirit of common brotherhood amongst all the people of India transcending religious, linguistic and regional or sectional diversities; to renounce practices derogatory to the dignity of women.
6.To value and preserve the rich heritage of our composite culture.
7.To protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wild life, and to have compassion for living creatures.
8.To develop the scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform.
9.To safeguard public property and to abjure violence.
10.To strive towards excellence in all spheres of individual and collective activity so that the nation constantly rises to higher levels of endeavor and achievement.

Every citizen must be aware of his rights and duties and respect other's rights too. I hope that the future of India is even brighter than the past it had. Once again wishing you all a happy Independence day. This independence day let us spread the message of peace and brotherhood and set a resolution to improve the condition of India by contributing our share in the development of the nation. Let me conclude my speech here.
Jai Hind!

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Guest Author: RR03 Aug 2014

It's a great article. It helped me allot to prepare a speech in our company.

Thank you

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