Five long speeches by Indian politicians

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the gathering at the Red Fort in New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the gathering at the Red Fort in New Delhi

1) 2015

On Independence Day in 2015, PM Narendra Modi spoke for 86 minutes at India’s Red Fort. It is the second the longest ever Independence speech in Indian history. Independence Day speech by an Indian Prime Minister.

2) 2014

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s very first budget speech lasted longer than two hours.

3) 2012

President Pranab Mukherjee, who in 2014 was the Union Finance Minister in the UPA government, gave a budget speech that lasted nearly an hour and 50 minutes.

4) 1957

In 1957, VK Krishna Menon addressed the United Nations Security Council for nearly eight hours. He was defending India’s position on Kashmir.

5) 1947

On the night of August 14, Jawaharlal Nehru made his famous ‘tryst with destiny’ speech. The speech was 72 minutes long, and was the longest Independence Day speech in Indian history until Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his Independence Day address in 2015, India Samvad reported.

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