Independence Day is a day where Indians pay tribute to their founders and others who have battled in the past for India’s independence. The week leading up to Independence Day is a time when big government offices are lit from homes and other buildings with strings of lights and the tricolor flutters. Broadcasting, publishing, and web media can include unique events, services, and advertising products for the day. Films about the freedom fighters in India are also seen on TV.
On the eve of Independence Day, the president presents the ‘”Message to the Republic” India’s prime minister unfurls the flag of India and gives an address at Red Fort in Old Dehli. In the state capitals, flag hoisting ceremonies and community activities are conducted which also include a number of schools which organizations.
A ton of people passes the day with relatives or close friends. We can have a park or private garden picnic, go to a movie, or have lunch or dinner at home or in a restaurant. Some go flying kite or performing or listening to patriotic tunes.
The Role of Republic Day
There is a lot of work being poured into planning conferences and festivals that take place in India on Republic Day. New Delhi and the state capitals are holding large military parades. The parades are witnessed by the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force members and cultural dance troupes.
A grand parade is taking place in New Delhi and the action starts with India’s prime minister laying a wreath at India Gate’s Amar Jawan Jyoti, to honor soldiers who lost their lives for their country. India’s president gets military greeting at the New Delhi parade while state governors hold military greetings in state capitals. The president’s special guest on Republic Day is a global head of state.
Armed forces decorations and courage badges are issued to the soldiers and even to civilians.
Gandhi’s contribution to the Indian freedom
The man who led India to Freedom was Mahatma Gandhi. India lived more than 250 years under British control. Upon Gopal Krishna Gokhale ‘s appeal, Gandhi returned to India from South Africa in 1915.
The commitment Gandhi has rendered to the Indian independence struggle can not be calculated in words. Along with other warriors for independence, he persuaded the British to flee India. His actions and goals were non-violent and his words motivated millions.
It was observed with gusto in the world on 15 August 1947, when the day of freedom eventually arrived. But a troubled Gandhi, in Calcutta, was striving desperately to stop the bloodshed that had ripped the country apart.
Gandhi declined to engage in any festivals-he was the only one to battle Partition to the very end along with his protege Abdul Ghaffar Khan. “On August 15, I can’t rejoice. I don’t want to mislead you. But at the same time, I won’t ask you not to rejoice. Sadly, the kind of independence we have today still holds the seeds of a potential confrontation between India and Pakistan. So, how do we light up the lamps? “In July, Gandhi had said that.
Did Jawaharlal Nehru delay independence for India?
Jawaharlal Nehru was the one who struggled to make “Poorna Swaraj (Complete Freedom)” as the goal of the Indian National Congress during the Lahore session of 1938. He was the one who traveled throughout Asia, Europe to gather the support of the then colonies to unite against imperialist forces. He proclaimed No-tax, No-rent campaign, even when Gandhi was in no mood to continue the Civil Disobedience movement. He chaired the Planning Committee of India even before “Independent India”. Yes, he desired to delay independence, but he wanted to delay only because of our Nation’s welfare and not for any political gains.
Who were the first freedom fighters of India?
India obtained its independence on 15 August 1947, following approximately 200 years of being under the British Raj. Several freedom fighters fought against foreign domination and sacrificed their lives for the country.
Here are few great freedom fighters of India who are still remembered today for their heroism.
DR. Babasaheb Ambedkar (April 14, 1891 – December 6, 1956)
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar played a very important role in the social revolution and modern India and also formulated the Indian constitution. He was the man who helped the oppressed and fought for them.
Rani Lakshmibai (19th November – 17th June 1858)
Rani Lakshmibai, the queen of Maratha, ruled the state of Jhansi and was the first prominent women freedom fighter, who participated in the first freedom rebellion of 1857.
Sarojini Naidu (13th February 1879- 2nd March 1949)
P Sarojini Naidu, popularly known as “the nightingale of India” was a poet and a social activist who contributed towards the freedom struggle of India. She joined hands with politics during the wake of the 1905 Partition of Bengal.
Sardar Vallabhai Patel (October 31, 1875 – December 15, 1950)
The prominent leader of the Indian National Congress, Sardar Vallabhai Patel was an Indian barrister and statesman who also contributed to India’s struggle for independence. Vallabhai Patel led Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha in Nagpur when Gandhi was in prison.
Chandra Shekhar Azad (July 23, 1906 – February 27, 1931)
Azad was an Indian revolutionary who reorganized the Hindustan Republican Association under the new name of the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association. He even participated in Mahatma Gandhi’s non-cooperation movement and later fought for India’s Independence.
How India Celebrate Independence Day
India formally achieved its independence on 15 August 1947, after 200 years of British control. On this day, Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of independent India, hoisted the Indian national flag above the Lahori Gate of the Red Fort in Delhi and addressed the nation.
Although celebrations take place throughout the country, India’s capital city, Delhi, home to the 17th-century Red Fort that used to serve as a political center, is the main staging area for Independence Day festivities.
On the eve of Independence Day, a national holiday, India’s president gives a widely broadcasted message to the country from his office. On the morning of 15 August, the celebration kicks off with the arrival of the prime minister of India who receives a general salute from the guard of honor, which consists of representatives from the three wings of the Indian armed forces (army, navy and air force) and the Delhi police.
The main event begins with the hoisting of the national flag by the prime minister, which is synchronized with 21 honorary gunshots and followed by a moving rendition of the ‘Jana Gana Mana’ (India’s national anthem). To remind his or her people of the country’s struggle for freedom, the prime minister addresses the nation and reminisces on the events leading up to India’s independence and ends the speech with a note about the country’s future.
Later in the day, celebrations include patriotic parades and pageants focussed on honoring the freedom fighters, a march-past led by the Indian armed forces and paramilitary forces, and performances by schoolchildren.
What had been liable for India’s partition in 1947?
Seventy-one years ago, on June 3, 1947, the last Vice-Roy of India, Louis Mountbatten, declared the division of India at a joint meeting with Congress and the Muslim League. What followed was a time of utter violence which, according to some figures, saw more than one million people killed and more than 14 million forcefully displaced. It is necessary for us to question why this tragedy occurred if only to prevent another one.