One of the most important days for each Indian citizen is 15th August. A day that is celebrated with pride and patriotism by each Indian national, no matter what the age. What is special about this day? It was on this date that India was declared a free and independent nation in 1947.
What preceded Indian Independence Day – 15th August 1947? The Indian independence movement… This movement was a diffusion of nationwide campaigns against British rule over India. There were innumerable freedom fighters – males, females; youth, middle age, senior citizens. They all worked and walked their way to freeing India from the British domination.
No matter how much violence the British soldiers inflicted on the Indian warriors, they relentlessly marched towards freeing their beloved motherland non-violently. They bore the brunt of whips and long tenures in jail. Finally, the British sovereign was left with no choice but to declare India a free nation.
And, as the clock struck 12 am, and a new day began – 15th August 1947 – India stepped into her independent status. This celebration was preceded by a speech made by the first Prime Minister of free India – Jawaharlal Nehru. Below is a famous extract from his speech titled ‘Tryst with Destiny’…
At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance… We end today a period of ill fortune, and India discovers herself again.
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INDIAN FREEDOM FIGHTERS
Useful external links and resources
SWARAJ.NET– Site dedicated to Independance of India, freedom fighters of India. Lots of information on the freedom struggle, Indian freedom fighters etc
ITIHAAS.COM – India’s Premier Site on Indian History. Find out about Ancient India, Medieval India, Modern India, Independent India, British rule in India, India’s freedom struggle, Freedom fighters of India and more.
Freedom Songs – Freedom and Patriotic songs like Mere desh ki dharati, Sare jahan se aacha, E vatan e vatan humko teri kasam, Dulhan chali pehan chali, Chodo kal ki baate, Chodo kal ki baate etc.
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