The great dream of our freedom fighters, nationalists, and revolutionaries was realized on 15th Aug. 1947, when India became free and independent. It was an epoch-making event of great significance, which ushered in an era of liberty, self-rule and prosperity for our nation. Since then 15th Aug., has been celebrated all over India as our Independence Day. It is a national festival-a day to remember our bygone patriots who laid down their lives for the freedom of our motherland.
The Britishers who had come as traders, became the masters of India with their victory at Plassey in 1757. Then for 190 years they held the reigns of power, looting and bleeding India to the last drop. The Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, popularly known as the First War of Indian Independence was the first major attempt by Indians to break off the shackles of foreign slavery.
With the anti-partition movement of 1905 against the partition of Bengal, the cry for freedom began to gather momentum. The arrival of Mahatma Gandhi in the political scene of India in 1919, his three mass movements of 1920, 1930 and 1942, the failed attempt of Indian National Army under Subhash Chandra Bose, international backing of the Indian cause etc., all culminated in forcing the British to leave India on Aug. 15, 1947. On this historic day, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, the country’s first Prime Minister unfurled the national tricolour from the ramparts of Red Fort, ushering a new India. Every year since then India has been celebrating its independence day on Aug. 15 with great rejoicing and pomp.
The chief Independence Day celebrations are held in New Delhi, the capital of India. The celebrations start with the address of the President to the nation on the eve of the Independence Day. The official Independence Day ceremony begins early morning the next day, with the President, Vice- President and the Prime Minister...