On 15th August 1947, India became an independent country, and no more had to stay under the clutches of the British Rule. History was created on this day; the people attained freedom and finally got their wish fulfilled, of living in a country which accommodates all the people, irrespective of their religion, caste, or language. Moreover, this historical day was full of interesting developments as well. Keep reading to know more about such fascinating facts about Independence Day.
- The Absence of Mahatma Gandhi:-
While the entire nation was celebrating and the Red Fort was the center of all such celebrations, the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, was nowhere near these. Rather, he was fasting the whole day, in Calcutta, one of the places which suffered the wrath of communal violence due to Partition.
- Connection With WWII:-
Lord Mountbatten, the first Governor General and Last Viceroy of India, chose the date ‘August 15’ for Independence of India as it has a relevance attached to it. In 1945, Japan surrendered on August 15 to the Allied Forces, marking the end of World War II.
- Khadi and the Tricolor:-
Khadi Development and Village Industries Commission lawfully has the right of manufacturing the Indian Flag using only ‘Khadi’, and this manufacturing takes place in several regional groups. No other material can be used for the flag other than Khadi, and use of any other material is a punishable offense.
- Goa Controlled by Portugal:-
While the entire country was freed, Goa still remained under the Control of Portugal, as they declared it as their state, It was not until 1961 that Goa was finally conquered by the Indian Armed Forces, and joined with India.
- The First Unfurling:-
While most of the people remember the unfurling of the Tiranga at the Red Fort, it was actually in 1906 when the flag was unfurled for the first time, at Parsee Bagan Square in Calcutta. Back then, the flag had red, yellow, and green horizontal stripes.
- Shared Independence Day:-
Even though the date, August 15, holds great significance in the lives of all Indians, yet, it cannot be deemed as a unique one, since other countries such as Bahrain, South Korea, North Korea, and the Republic of Congo share their Independence Day with our country.
- Prime Minister Patel:-
India could not have got a better Prime Minister than Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru at that time of crisis, however, surprisingly, he was not the first preference for this post, rather, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was the first choice. However, in the interest of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi requested Patel to let Nehru have the position.
Provided that the history of India’s freedom struggle is filled with several twists and turns, such interesting happenings related to the Independence Day quite intensify the entire episode.