Outside, the storms of war may blow and the lands may be lashed with the fury of its gales, but in our own hearts on this day there is relative calm. Our hands may be active, but our consciences are at rest.
Time and again the tyrant has led an aggression towards our calm and peaceful lands. Time and again they have made numerous attempts to destabilize our country. Time and again they have chosen to wage war against our people and resorted to barbarism of the worst kind.
Our light of civilised progress with its tolerances and co-operation, with its dignities and joys, has often in the past been blotted out. But I hold the belief that we have now at last, got far enough ahead of barbarism to control it, and to avert it, if only we realise and operate at our full potential.
We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long days of struggle. We must expect many disappointments, and many unpleasant surprises, but we may be sure that the task which we have freely accepted is one not beyond the compass and the strength of the Indian nation.
Has any benefit or progress ever been achieved by the human race by submission to organised and calculated violence? As we look back over the long story of the nations we must see that, on the contrary, their glory has been founded upon the spirit of resistance to tyranny and injustice, especially when these evils seemed to be backed by heavier force.
You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy.
You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival. Let that be realised; no survival for our nation, no survival for all that we have stood for, no survival for the urge and impulse of the ages, that mankind will move forward towards its goal
I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty and if nothing is neglected, we shall prove ourselves once again able to defend our home, to ride out the storm of war, and to outlive the menace of tyranny, if necessary for centuries, if necessary alone. At any rate, that is what we are going to try to do. That is the resolve of this nation and every citizen.
At this time I feel entitled to claim the aid of all, and I say, "Come then, let us go forward together with our united strength." Our task is not only to win this battle - but to win the war!
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