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India’s Independence Day: Celebrating Freedom and Renewal

India’s Independence Day: A joyous occasion dedicated to commemorating the hard-fought freedom from British rule on August 15, 1947. 

What does the 15th of August mean in India?

On August 15, 1947, the Republic of India declared its independence from British authority. Since that time, India has observed August 15 as Independence Day to remember its liberation from the 200-year-old British monarchy.

The 15th of August marks India’s rebirth and fresh beginnings. The amazing, years-long fight came to a conclusion when the British rulers returned control of the nation to its Indian leaders at midnight on August 15, 1947. The nation’s tricolor flag was unfurled on the majestic Red Fort by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on August 15, 1947, a landmark occasion in the history of independent India. The British colonial rule in India came to an end on this day, making it noteworthy in Indian history.

History of 15th August

Following the British victory at the Battle of Plassey in 1757, the East India Company began to control India. The British Crown had taken over the rule of India by 1858. After World War I, the British imposed regulations that were oppressive and exploitative of the people. This fueled demands for revolution and the nonviolent and non-cooperation movements that gave rise to the civil disobedience movement.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, served as the movement’s steadfast leader and a national emblem. The ongoing fights for liberation between the Indians and the British dominated the next decades. The Indian National Congress, liberation fighters, and Indian citizens carried out several movements and deeds.

Due to their financial fatigue following World War II, the British exchequer and the Labour administration of the year 1946 contemplated terminating their sovereignty over India. Early in 1947, the British administration said that it would hand over authority to the Indians by June 1948. The bloodshed between Hindus and Muslims in Bengal and Punjab could not lessen as the two countries neared independence. since of this, Louis Mountbatten, the Viceroy of India at the time, proposed the date for the transfer of authority since the British army was ill-equipped to handle the country’s rising unrest. Famous Indian leaders including Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Abul Kalam Azad, Master Tara Singh, and B. R. Ambedkar decided to split India along religious lines in June of 1947.

To locate locations to live, millions of individuals from many religious backgrounds crossed the recently created boundary. It claimed between 250,000 and 500,000 lives. Finally, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru declared India’s independence at midnight on August 15, 1947, by reciting his well-known address, “Tryst with Destiny.” “Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time has come when we will redeem our pledge, not entirely or in full measure, but very substantially,” Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru remarked during this address. India will awaken to life and independence at the stroke of midnight, while the rest of the world is sleeping. There is a time in history when we transition from the old to the new when an era ends, and when the long-suppressed essence of a country finds expression. Today marks the end of a time of misfortune, and India rediscovers herself. 

India celebrates the 15th of August

Every year, on this day, all the patriotic Indians commemorate India’s Independence Day. The 15th of August is recognized as a national holiday across the nation. Although local governments perform the event of flag hoisting everywhere throughout India, the primary celebration takes place at the Red Fort in the nation’s capital, New Delhi. Every year, the Prime Minister of the country raises the tricolor national flag to the sky to begin the celebration, which is then followed by a speech on television. The address often summarises the state of the country now, as well as its accomplishments in the past year and its growth goals for the future. The Prime Minister even made the day a national holiday as an homage to India’s liberation heroes. One of the primary draws after the ceremony for hoisting the flag is patriotic performances by students from schools located in various states.

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