How much do we know about our country? This nation was built from the blood, sweat and sacrifice of many and on the 15th of August, along with celebrating the joys of being independent, we also honour those who had built this nation from scratch.
Amidst all the celebrations this year, as we step into our 73rd year of Independence, let us take a look at some of the facts that we have missed out about our Independence Day:
The Tri colour does evoke a feeling of patriotism in us, doesn’t it? But who came up with the design for our national flag? Well, it’s not Mahatma Gandhi, as is popularly known; it was actually another freedom fighter Pingali Venkayya!
Speaking of Mahatma Gandhi, did you know that he refused to take part in the Independence Day celebrations on the 15th of August, 1947? Saddened by the partition, the Father of the Nation stayed back at in then Calcutta and witnessed the communal violence that had gripped the city.
And another interesting fact – we actually earned our independence a few days before 15th August. The actual date is 18th July, 1947, but Lord Mountbatten decided to officially proclaim 15th August as the date because believe it or not it was the very same day on which Japan had surrendered themselves during World War I to the Allied Forces. Talk about the colonial hangover!
Goa is really one of the most interesting states of the country! It was actually not a part of the Indian nation during Independence. It remained a Portuguese colony till finally on 19th December, 1961, the Indian Army managed to conquer it and integrate as its own.
And do you think you celebrate your Independence Day alone? Well, no! Bahrain, South Korea and the Republic of the Congo also celebrate their independence on the 15th of August.
There’s so much that we don’t know about our country, right? So this Independence Day along with the celebrations, let’s celebrate the wonders that India has in store!
A Happy Independence Day to all!