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Interesting Facts About India's Independence Day

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After nearly a century of struggle, India gained independence on 15 August 1947. Today, as we celebrate our 72nd Independence Day and rejoice our freedom, we are once again reminded of the heavy price our freedom fighters paid to liberate our country.

Every chapter of our independence struggle is a testimony to the numerous sacrifices made by Indians of all hues. Reading about the Revolt of 1857, the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, the Kakori Conspiracy, the martyrdom of Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad and Khudiram Bose, the Noncooperation movement and the Salt Satyagraha makes us feel proud of our freedom fighters.

While all of us read about India's struggle for independence and are aware of most of the facts, there are quite a few details about our Independence Day that have missed our attention.

Our Clipbook brings to you a few interesting but little known facts about our Independence Day.

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Why 15 August Is Celebrated As Independence Day

According to the plan given by Lord Mountbatten, The British parliament passed the Indian Independence Act. In this Act, it was mentioned that the date of India's independence would be 15 August. Lord Mountbatten chose 15 August as the date for an...

How India Celebrated Its First Independence Day

By the 1940s, Mahatma Gandhi had understood that the British would not be able to keep India their control for long. And, the day finally came when India became independent. On the eve of independence, Jawaharlal Nehru and other leaders of the Ind...

How The Red Fort Became The Site For India's Independence Day Celebrations

Since 1947, every Indian prime minister has hoisted the Tricolour at the Lahori Gate of the Red Fort, a monument built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1649. The Red Fort was chosen as the site for India's Independence Day celebrations by Jawah...

The First Flag Hoisting Ceremony

Today, every Indian knows that the Tricolour is a national symbol and it is our duty to respect it. On Independence Day, it is hoisted at the Red Fort. But, not many know where our National Flag was first unfurled and who hoisted it...

Jawaharlal Nehru's Historic Speech As India's First Prime Minister

Jawaharlal Nehru was one of the most prominent leaders of the freedom struggle. He was elected by the Congress to be India's first prime minister. When India gained independence, Jawaharlal Nehru's first speech as the prime minister is an expressi...

What Our Leaders Said On The Day Of Independence

Although our first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru's speech on the eve of our independence is widely known, there were other leaders who spoke on the occasion as well. The president of the assembly, Rajendra Prasad, spoke before the prime ministe...

Where Was Mahatma Gandhi On 15 August 1947?

As Indians greeted each other and celebrated the occasion of Independence, Mahatma Gandhi was conspicuous by his absence. He was in Calcutta (as Kolkata was known then) trying to extend a healing touch to all those scarred by the violence and brid...

Evolution Of The Tricolour

The Tricolour, or the Indian National Flag, was designed by Pingali Venkayya. It has equal-sized strips of three colours, saffron, white and green. While all of us can recognise our Tricolour wherever in the world it is unfurled, most of us do not...

10 Iconic Photos From The Day That Marked India's Freedom

Seventy-two years have passed since India gained independence. However, the struggle of every Indian who participated in the Indian struggle has become immortal. Here are 10 iconic photographs which tell us a part of the story of our freedom strug...

Countries That Celebrate Independence Day With Us

India isn't the only country that celebrates 15 August as Independence Day. There are five more countries that share their independence day with us. These are North Korea, South Korea, Lichtenstein, Bahrain and the Republic of Congo...

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