Independence Day of India

Lakshmi Nanda Madhusoodhanan, IIK Young Contributor
Sunday, August 5, 2018

“India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great-grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most astrictive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only!”
- Mark Twain

On every 15th August, the citizens of India celebrate Independence Day. It is a day when India was free from the sabotage of the British. This day the citizens of India pay tribute to the leaders and those who fought for India's liberty in the past.

Independence Day, one of the three National holidays in India, other being Republic Day (26th January) and Gandhi Jayanti (October 2nd) is observed in all Indian states and union territories. On the eve of independence, the President of India addresses the nation. On 15th August, the Prime Minister raises the Indian flag on the fortifications of the ancient site, Red Fort in Delhi. Twenty-one gunshots are fired in the reputation of the event. In his speech, the Prime Minister emphasises the achievements of the country in the past years, mentions important problems and calls for further development. He praises the leaders of the Indian independence movement. The melodious Indian national anthem, "Jana Gana Mana" written by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, is sung. The speech is followed by mesmerizing parades by the divisions of the Indian Army Forces and paramilitary forces. Fascinating parades and displays showcase scenes from the independence struggle and India's varied cultural customs. Alike events take place in state capitals where the Chief Ministers of distinct states unfurl the national flag, followed by parades and pageants.
Flag hoisting ceremonies and cultural programmes take place in governmental and non-governmental establishments throughout the nation. Schools and colleges conduct flag hoisting ceremonies and artistic events. Major government buildings are often adorned with cords of lights. Over a period of time, the celebration has changed importance from patriotism to a wide-ranging festivity in India.

The Indian immigrants celebrate Independence Day around the world with parades and plays, particularly in regions with a higher number of Indian immigrants. The Overseas Indian Embassies including Kuwait and Gulf Countries celebrate Independence Day of India which is attended by the Indian communities in large numbers. In some locations, such as New York and other US cities, 15 August has become "India Day" among the Indians and the local population. US celebrate "India Day" either on 15 August or on the following weekend day.


India Day Celebrations, USA

The struggle of India’s Independence was vehement. The freedom struggle was fought for many virulent years, so many generations sacrificed their lives or spent their full life behind the bars. Our freedom fighters suffered agony and fought against all odds to ensure our country’s freedom. The land which was called ‘The golden bird of the east’ was looted by the British. They just took off all the wealth and treated Indians as slaves. While the British ruling period, we didn’t have the right even to protest.

Hundreds of people gave up their lives for the freedom of Mother India. For instance, the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre which happened on a Sunday, 13th April 1919 was led by British General Dyer. Official British Indian sources show that 379 have been identified dead with approximately 1,100 wounded. This cruelty shocked the entire nation, resulting in loosing of faith of the general public in the plans of the British.

A lot of great women stood along with men for the battle against the British. There were courageous women who fought against the British long ago even before the mass movement started. To mention a very few among them were Rani Velu Nachiyar and Rani Lakshmi Bai

Rani Velu Nachiyar was a queen of Sivaganga estate from c. 1780–1790. She was the first queen to oppose and defeated the British at great personal cost and liberated her land and people. She is known by Tamils as Veeramangai, which means brave woman. She is a forgotten heroine.


Rani Velu Nachiyar

Rani Lakshmi Bai was one of the foremost figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and became a symbol of opposition to the “British Raj” for the Indian nationalists. Rani of Jhansi was the queen of the princely state of Jhansi in North India currently present in Jhansi district in Uttar Pradesh, India who gave up her life for the country at the age of 29 and fought valiantly in the battlefield against the British.


Rani Lakshmi Bai

India is a country where billions of people live together whether they belong to various religion, cultures or traditions and celebrate this special occasion with great joy. At this day, as being an Indian, we should feel proud and must take an oath to keep ourselves loyal and patriotic in order to save our motherland from all kinds of evils inside and outside India.
Jai Hind!

Lakshmi Nanda Madhusoodhanan
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Usha Rajaram
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Hearty congrats to lakshmi nanda madhusoodhanan for this inspiring article...we really appreciate this wonderful piece on our great nation for a young girl to comprehend and arrange the facts in such a lucid style speaks volumes of her talent ..multifaceted with dance .music and now writing .
she has made all of us proud ...congrats to the parents
for nurturing this talent ..blessings ..keep it up lakshmi

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