India became free at the stroke of midnight, on August 14, 1947. In contrast to the world structure in 1947, India is far less under the sway of others, and stands firm as a potentially great power. However, India’s aspiration for political power must include a strategy for economic inclusion.
Human development policies must be advanced from the point of view of their contribution to national power. As an added incentive, ensuring access to education for underprivileged children, retaining girls in secondary education, and opening opportunities in higher education will work to improve access to finance and to enhance social protection coverage for the more than 90% of the labor force that works in the informal sector (World Bank, 2014).
Jawaharlal Nehru became the first Prime Minster of free India and continued his term till 1964. Giving voice to the politics, economic ambition and and social sentiments of the nation , Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru said,
Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we will redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance…. We end today a period of ill fortune, and India discovers herself again.