Years ago, Independence emerged as a reality from the struggle, sweat and brows of all the people. India, with civilisation as dynamic as it is diverse, as ancient as it is modern, and as simple as it is layered, never ceases to amaze anyone who connects with her free spirit. A history adorned with knowledge, science and wealth, India is a nation that broods creativity, courage and freedom, giving all of us the chance to do better and to be better.
It is a day to remind everyone that freedom does not come easily to anyone. It is a day to remember the sacrifices of freedom fighters who fought valiantly against the British to fight oppression, elitism, and brutal brutality of their rule and demand what is rightful. After years of slavery and bondage under the British Empire, India gained its independence in 1947 on the 15th of August. It was not an easy task. It took a lot of selfless effort on the part of great people like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Subash Chandra Bose, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Lala Lajpat Rai, Rani Lakshmi Bai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, B. R. Ambedkar, and many more.
Independence Day reminds every Indian of the beginning of a new era, the start of a new life free from shackles of oppression and slavery. It is for the same reason that Independence Day is given so much importance and is celebrated in a magnificent way across the country. The 15th of August 1947 marked the end of British colonialism and the dawn of the democratic republic. Jawaharlal Nehru declared India’s independence and swore in as the first Prime Minister of India.
How it is celebrated
Every corner of the country celebrates Independence Day by hoisting the National Flag, singing the National Anthem and organising many events to highlight the importance of the day. From small gatherings in every street to schools, colleges and state assemblies, the day is considered an auspicious occasion to be remembered and celebrated.
It is in New Delhi, the capital of India, where the most splendid celebrations happen. The preparations for this day are extraordinary. The Prime Minister addresses the nation and the day starts with hoisting the National flag, followed by 21 honorary gunshots and the National Anthem. The Prime Minister then gives a speech and remarks on the struggles and achievements of our forefathers, who are the reason behind the independent country we are a part of.
The day is then followed by various events, including a march past by the army, showcasing the cultures, traditions and specialities of the different states of India and much more. Everyone across the country witnesses the celebrations and feels proud and delighted to be a citizen of India.
Colours of Freedom
The official flag of India is made up of these colours: Saffron, White and Green, along with Blue-coloured Ashoka Chakara. It was Pingali Venkayya who designed the flag. Initially, the flag featured saffron and green colours only. A third colour, white, was later introduced along with a spinning wheel.
Independence isn’t the outcome of years of oppression and brutality; it is an entire journey of cooperative, collective, resilient and hard work of the people of India. Sacrifice by our freedom fighters both shock us and inspire us. More than statistics evincing sympathy, it is a reminder of the miles one needs to walk to achieve different shades of freedom. India’s independence is a call to personal independence that instils self-faith, morale and capability.
Today, the ache of partition and many more stories of the past inspire us, but it is only in the present that we sow seeds for a better future.
We wish you a very Happy 75th Independence Day!