7 Historic All India Radio (AIR) Broadcasts In India

10:00 pm 24 Apr, 2014

Undeniably radio is the biggest instrument of mass broadcasting and communication in India. Before the arrival of the TV and various news channels the radio was the only source of entertainment as well as news. The All India Radio (AIR) has made some of the most famous broadcasts of the speeches of great men and assassinations in India. The Audio Archives of the AIR have some of the best recordings. Going through them, you can feel the ripples it must have created in India. Here are some of the best radio broadcasts in India:

7. Inspirational Speech by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

This speech by Netaji on the radio is inspirational to the core. Our country had not yet found independence and he was one of the greatest leaders back then. Many revolutionaries and freedom fighters in India were said to have been influenced by the many speeches of Netaji. Among the number of broadcasts of his voice, this is the most famous.

Listen Netaji’s speech on YouTube

Inspirational Speech by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

6. Radio Broadcast of an inspirational speech by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was one of the greatest Indian nationalists to struggle for the freedom of India. He had also held important positions in the government of India. Born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Azad had predicted the future of Pakistan and is said to have been a leader with a foresight. This is an inspirational speech made by him on the radio which is you must hear.

The speech on YouTube

Radio Broadcast of an inspirational speech by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad

5. Speech by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India

Dr. Rajendra Prasad, as we know, was the first president of independent India. This is why he had a lot of responsibilities, which he had to follow which he followed. Although the Indian President – according to the Constitution – doesn’t have much power but Dr. Prasad was instrumental in bringing about administrative changes in the government. This speech was truly inspirational and especially because independence had just been achieved.

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Speech by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India

4. Speech by Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah On Partition and Pakistan

Mohammad Ali Jinnah is considered as one of the best leaders of our country before the partition took place. He presided over Pakistan after the partition and is held in great respect there. The future of Pakistan is being spoken of in this speech which was broadcasted by AIR. Jinnah would have been regarded as a great leader in India had the partition not took place and divided the country into two. Listen to the audio to see how inspirationally these people spoke.


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Speech by Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah On Partition and Pakistan

3. Radio Broadcast of the partition of India

There were several speeches made by influential men on the partition of India. The partition divided India and Pakistan which were earlier part of the same mainland. After the British decided to quit India they decided to take this decision. AIR has recorded the speeches of Gandhi and Jinnah on the partition and many more. You must listen to it to get an understanding of the situation of the country then. These were the most important radio broadcasts after the Indian independence.

Also Read: Top 10 Emotional Speeches Ever Given

 Radio Broadcast of the partition of India

2. Mahatma Gandhi’s speech at Sodepur Ashram on the 11th of May 1947

AIR had recorded most of the speeches made publicly by Gandhi and this is one of them. Gandhi’s speeches were always inspirational. There are also recordings of the speeches he made at Kolkata (then Calcutta). Mahatma Gandhi’s speeches are really mandatory for every Indian to listen to learn and eventually get inspired.

This is one of them.

 Mahatma Gandhi’s speech at Sodepur Ashram on the 11th of May 1947

1. Jawaharlal Nehru on Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination

This was one of the most historic broadcasts on radio after the death of Gandhi. The whole world mourned the death of Gandhi. Nehru’s speech was heavily emotional and each and every Indian had gone through what he had spoken of after getting the news of his assassination. There were many speeches and broadcasts of this news but Nehru’s one was the one which stood out among the rest. At a time when the country had just attained freedom this was a big blow.

Listen it on YouTube

Jawaharlal Nehru on Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination

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