India, officially the Republic of India, is a South Asian country and World’s largest Democracy. It is famous for its unity in lingual-cultural diversity, spiritual connection, incredible architecture, historical mathematicians, delicious foods, and sporting culture. India has a very rich and long history to tell about itself ever since Independence Day to date.
Our nation is like a tree of which the original trunk is Swarajya and the branches are swadeshi and boycott.Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose
Independence Day to the millennials
We live in the 21st century and as millennials, we have heard and read many stories about our Independence Day. Before Captain America, Spider-Man, Iron-Man, or Krrish, for us, Bhagat Singh, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Sukhdev, Rajguru, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Khudiram Bose were the superheroes. Many violent and non-violent measures were taken to make our country free. Our first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru hoisted the Indian flag at the Lahori Gate in Red Fort, New Delhi on this day 73 years back.
There are many interesting facts that many people are yet not aware of. This year as we are celebrating our 74th Independence Day, I bring you some facts that will surely amaze you.
Independence Day changed
According to the original plan, The British were supposed to transfer the power by June 1948. But the date got changed after the appointment of Lord Mountbatten as the new viceroy of India. After a historic meeting with the major political parties on June 3, Mountbatten advanced the date to a year earlier and chose 15 August as Indian Independence Day. This date also commemorated the second anniversary of Japan’s surrender to the Allied Forces.
Our National Anthem
Well, India did not have a national anthem at the time of Independence. Constituent Assembly of India adopted Tagore’s Jana Gana Mana as the National Anthem on 24th January 1950. Subhas Chandra Bose selected this song as the national anthem while in Germany. It is so surprising that before it officially became the national anthem of India in 1950, the 1945 film ‘Hamrahi’ used Jana Gana Mana in the movie. ‘The Doon School, Dehradun’ adopted the song as their school song in 1935.
Indian National Flag
Karnataka Khadi Gramodyoga Samyukta Sangha is the only authorized unit to produce and supply the flag. One interesting fact, they are the first manufacturer of the flash and till-date they continue to be so. This is located in Garag Village near Hubli in Dharwad district, Karnataka.
Did you know that Indian Flag was first hoisted on August 7, 1906, in Parsee Bagan Square now in Kolkata? Our National Flag has gone through various changes since its first inception. The Constituent Assembly held on 22 July 1947 adopted the flag in its present form and made it the official flag of the Dominion of India on 15th August 1947. It is based on the Swaraj flag designed by Pingali Venkayya for The Indian National Congress.
We are Indians firstly and lastly.Dr. B.R Ambedkar
The first prime minister of India
We all know that the first prime minister of Independent India was Jawaharlal Nehru, but a very few would know that it was not Nehru but Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel won the election. But Nehru did not want to play second in command to anyone and being close to Mahatma Gandhi, he became the Prime minister of India and Patel was pulled down.
Jawaharlal Nehru in the Vogue Magaziene
Di you know that Vogue magazine featured our first Prime Minister in his unique dressing style? After the appearance, his single-breasted jacket became an important fashion trend in the West. The Time listed Nehru jacket in the list of ‘global fashion statement’. Later, the same jacket became more popular when Johny Carson and Sammy Davis Jr. wore it.
Origin of the name India
Many of you may know that the name ‘India’ is originated from the river ‘Indus’ – the home of Indus Valley Civilization.
Who all are celebrating Independence Day with us
Do you know that many other countries share their Independence day with India? Yes, there are five other countries like South Korea, North Korea, Liechtenstein, Bahrain, and the Republic of Congo who got independent on the same date as India but in different years.
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