India's freedom movement was led by Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. However, when the country gained independence on August 15, 1947, they did not attend the celebration. Let us know today some interesting things about the independence of the country...
Some of the most interesting things about India's freedom...
1. On the day of Independence, Mahatma Gandhi was reportedly on fast to stop communal violence between Hindus and Muslims in Noakhali, Bengal, thousands of kilometres away from Delhi.
2. When it was decided that India would be liberated on August 15, a letter was sent to Mahatma Gandhi by Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The letter reads, "August 15 will be our first Independence Day. You are the Father of the Nation. Join it and give your blessing."
3. The reply to this letter was then sent by Gandhiji, "How can I come to celebrate when Hindus and Muslims are killing each other in Calcutta? I will give my life to stop the riot."
4. Further historic speech by Jawaharlal Nehru 'Tryst with Destiny' was delivered from Viceroy Lodge (existing Rashtrapati Bhavan) at midnight of 14th August. Nehru was not the Prime Minister at that time and the speech was heard by the whole world, although it is said that Gandhi had gone to sleep at nine o'clock that day.
5. On August 15, 1947, the last Viceroy of India was worked in his office by Lord Mountbatten. In the afternoon, Pandit Nehru handed over the list of his cabinet and was later addressed to a meeting at the Princess Garden near India Gate.
6. On every Independence Day, the Prime Minister of India hoists the flag from the Red Fort. However, this did not happen on August 15, 1947. According to a research paper from the Lok Sabha Secretariat, the flag was hoisted by Nehru from the Red Fort on August 16, 1947.
7. Our country India was liberated on August 15, although the country had no national anthem of its own. The Jan-Gana-Man was written by Rabindranath Tagore in 1911, but the national anthem was formed in 1950.
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