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Remembering Mahatma Gandhi

A bespectacled Mohandas Gandhi, the Mahatma, who eventually led India to its independence, laughs with the man who was to be the nation's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, at the All-India Congress committee meeting in Bombay, India, on July 6, 1946. Pictured to Nehru's left is Madam Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit.  Nehru took office as president of the Congress during the session. Gandhi's philosophy of non-violent resistance, including civil disobedience and fasts, drove India to independence in 1947 after nearly 200 years of British rule. The father of modern India, the Mahatma, which means great soul, was assassinated in 1948 for his tolerance of other religions. (AP Photo/Max Desfor)

Unforgettable speeches by Indian leaders

Lately, the country's seat of power and its hallowed portals are more in the news for lawmakers' disorderly behaviour, constant disruption of proceedings, shouting matches, near-brawls and, on the odd occasion, members even catching up with their sleep while laws are being made.

But it wasn't always so.

India's Parliament, from the time the country breathed free on August 15, 1947, has seen many an upheaval, echoed many a laugh, reverberated with applause, and seen remarkable exchange of ideas.

Things were not always unparliamentary. Manners were impeccable, debates decent, and speeches sparkling. To be fair, though, every now and then, members surprise us with their friendly, gentle demeanour and also with their enlightening discourses.

There have been some remarkable speeches made on the floor of the House through the ages. Many of these speeches will continue to enthrall successive generations. From the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, our leaders have held us spellbound on numerous issues -- ranging from national interest, security, unity, and everything in between.

Here are ten select speeches by Indian leaders in Parliament and elsewhere: these are memorable because of the message of patriotism, spirituality and honesty they dwell on. They also underscore the sacrifice of the founding fathers of this great nation. Check them out.