15 August 1947: India Gained Independence from British Rule of Nearly 200 Years

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📷 Times of India

15 August 1947: On this day, India gained independence from the British after being ruled by them for nearly 200 years.

The Indian Independence movement began during World War I and was led by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

August 15 has been celebrated as Independence Day in the country since then. On this day, the Prime Minister hoists the Indian flag on the Red Fort in Delhi. Twenty-one gunshots are fired in honor of the solemn occasion. The President of India delivers the “Address to the Nation”.

Today Sunday 15 August 2021 India celebrated its 75th Independence Day with the usual pride to mark its freedom from British rule.

History of India’s Independence Day

Jawaharlal Nehru declared India’s independence on August 15, 1947, and swore in as the 1st Indian Prime Minister. The British House of Commons passed the Indian Independence Bill on July 4, 1947, and it was passed within a fortnight. This was a major part of the process that led India to her victory. Freedom fighters and patriots like Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Rani Lakshmi Bai, and many more lead the common people with their belief and determination to win independence.

 

Facts about India’s Independence Day

1. Jawaharlal Nehru’s first speech on Independence Day began with, “At the stroke of midnight, when the world sleeps, India shall awake to life and freedom…”

2. Rabindranath Tagore composed ‘Bharoto Bhagyo Bidhata’ which then later was renamed ‘Jana Gana Mana’ and was adopted as the national anthem by the Constituent Assembly of India.

3. The Indian flag is only manufactured and supplied from The Karnataka Khadi Gramodyoga Samyukta Sangha (KKGSS), located in Dharwad in Karnataka. It has the sole authority to manufacture and supply the Indian national flag and the flag is hand-spun and handwoven cotton khadi wafting.
History of India’s Independence Day

Jawaharlal Nehru declared India’s independence on August 15, 1947, and swore in as the 1st Indian Prime Minister. The British House of Commons passed the Indian Independence Bill on July 4, 1947, and it was passed within a fortnight. This was a major part of the process that led India to her victory. Freedom fighters and patriots like Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Rani Lakshmi Bai, and many more lead the common people with their belief and determination to win independence.