India got its Independence on 15th August 1947 from the British, the only nation on earth who never invaded other countries in its entire history, I believe that we were so rich and we had everything there was no thought of invading other countries but sadly our country was invaded by many countries looted wealth, taken lives, treated as slaves but still we pray for others well being.
Here are the 10 unknown facts about Indian Independence:
1. Have you ever wondered why we celebrate our independence day on August 15? Well, Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy and the first Governor-General of India chose the day since August 15 also commemorating the second anniversary of Japan’s surrender to the Allied forces.
2. Many people don’t know that India celebrates its Independence day with 5 other nations namely Congo, South Korea, North Korea, Bahrain, and Liechtenstein. So it’s a special day for many nations.
3. Why does Pakistan celebrate Independence Day on August 14 and India celebrate it on August 15? Again, Mountbatten was blamed for this because he was the last viceroy of British India, he was forced to attend both Independence Day functions, to avoid inconvenience, Mountbatten changed the date of Pakistan’s Independence so that he could attend the Independence celebration of both countries.
4. Did Mahatma Gandhi join the celebration of Independence Day? No, he was away from all the celebrations, he was fasting and negotiating in Bengal that day.
5. Did you know that the great civil disobedience movement was inspired by an American book? Gandhi was inspired by the famous American philosopher David Thoreau, who wrote a book called Civil Disobedience where he wrote that no one should pay taxes, Gandhi was inspired and used the same tactic in the fight for Independence… He used the method to boycott foreign goods and abolished the salt tax.
6. Did you know that the first tricolor flag to be raised in foreign soil was in Germany? Bhikaiji Rustom Cama is the first person to raise the tricolor flag in Germany on 22nd August 1907 but this flag was a different version from the original one. It has 3 colors Green on top, gold saffron in the middle, and red color at the bottom it has Vande Mataram inscribed on it along with symbols Sun, Moon, and Lotus.
7. I bet you don’t know the fact that the India-Pakistan border was drawn by a London lawyer Cyril Radcliff.
8. When India and Pakistan separated, more than a million people lost their lives as a result of inter-community violence. Furthermore, 3.5 million Hindus and Sikhs have moved from Pakistan to India, and some 5 million Muslims have migrated from India to Pakistan.
9. Till 1950, there was no official National Anthem of India even though “Jana Gana Mana” was written in 1911. After 39 years it was considered hard to believe but that is the truth.
10. If I finish this article without mentioning the importance of the freedom struggle stage, I will not do justice, saying that first there was
- The revolution of 1857
- Civil Disobedience Movement in 1929
- Dandi March in 1930 and
- Finally, Quit India Movement in 1942