Many were moved by the fact, thinking it is the first time a prime minister has spoken in such manner from on the Independence Day but if we look back at the history of the I-Day speeches, the country's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, had also made a similar speech on August 15, 1947. [Read full speech here]
In his first broadcast to the nation on August 15, 1947, Nehru said: "Fellow Countrymen, it has been my privilege to serve India and the cause of India's freedom for many years. Today I address you for the first time officially as the First Servant of the Indian people, pledged to their service and their betterment. I am here because you willed it so and I remain here so long as you choose to honour me with your confidence."