15th August is an important day in the history of India. It was on this day that we bid adieu to our colonial masters the British after a rule which lasted for 190 years from the Battle of Palassy. It was on this day a new independent nation was born which would go on to become the largest democracy in the world.
"At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom"
- Jawaharlal Nehru
Lord Mountbatten the last Viceroy and first Governor General of India wanted to show that he was in command and decide on the day India would gain independence. He chose the date August 15th as was the second anniversary of Japan’s surrender to the Allied Forces.
Bhikhaji Rustom Cama is the first person to raise the tri-colour in Germany on 22nd of August 1907. But this flag was a different version than the original one. This flag consisted of three colors- the topmost being green followed by golden saffron in the middle and the red color at the bottom. It had 'Vande Mataram' inscribed on it.
At the 1929 Lahore session of the Indian National Congress, the Purna Swaraj declaration, or "Declaration of the Independence of India" was promulgated,and 26 January was declared as Independence Day.The Congress called on people to pledge themselves to civil disobedience and "to carry out the Congress instructions issued from time to time" until India attained complete independence. Celebration of such an Independence Day was envisioned to stoke nationalistic fervour among Indian citizens, and to force the British government to consider granting independence.
Millions of Muslim, Sikh, and Hindu refugees trekked across the newly drawn borders in the months surrounding independence.In Punjab, where the borders divided the Sikh regions in halves, massive bloodshed followed; in Bengal and Bihar, where Mahatma Gandhi's presence assuaged communal tempers, the violence was mitigated. In all, between 250,000 and 1,000,000 people on both sides of the new borders died in the violence.While the entire nation was celebrating the Independence Day, Gandhi stayed in Calcutta in an attempt to stem the carnage.On 14 August 1947, the Independence Day of Pakistan, the new Dominion of Pakistan came into being; Muhammad Ali Jinnah was sworn in as its first Governor General in Karachi. At midnight, as India moved into 15 August 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru delivered the Tryst with Destiny speech proclaiming India's independence.
66th Anniversary of Free India.
The National Flag Is A Symbol Of The Nation’s Pride n Respect.
There Is A Liberal Use Of The Flag On Independence Day.
The Trend Of Selling Flags Made Up Of Paper n Plastic,
With A Sense Of Natinal Pride,
Ppl Enthusiastically Buy Such Flags
But Very Next Day,
We Find These Flags Being Trampled
Upon The Road,
In Dustbins n Elsewhere.
In This Context, Ppl Forget That They Are Insulting The Flag. Often,
These Flags Are Burnt Along With Garbage.
It’s The Duty Of Every Individual To
Maintain Proper Respect Of The National Flag.
Now, India is the largest democratic country in the world. The country’s strength is to find, “Unity in diversity”. But, there are stray incidents that test her secularism but the people of India are ready to sacrifice anything for the cause of unity.Today we remember the great leaders who gave their lives for the nation’s freedom and prosperity.Dr. B.R.Ambedkar gave the longest written constitution to us. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru worked for an industrialized India. Gandhi ji taught us Ahimsa and Non-violence. Subash ChandraBose inducted courage in us. Swami Vivekanada gave us spiritual power.Yes, with these contributions, India will be the super power in the coming years.Our former President Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam called the children of India to dream to build a strong Nation with aim and perseverance.Indeed! This is not a word of a single man. It is word of one billion souls. Hail India! Jai Hind!