Independence Day

Happy Independence Day 2023: Unveiling the History: The Road to Independence

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This year we are going to celebrate the 77th Independence day on August 15, 2023. On August 15th 1947, we got Independence from British colonial rule. Since then every year we celebrate the Independence day on August 15. This day reminds us of the sacrifice, courage, abandon, and enthusiasm of our freedom fighters who laid down their lives so that we can see a better today. 

“On 14 August 1947, British ruled approximately 200 years in India, and after independence it was classified into two independent states, it was divided on the basis of religion, Muslim-majority moved to Pakistan and Hindu-majority moved to India. It was one of the most painful moments of Indian history”.

This year on August 15, PM Narendra Modi changed his DP of his social media handle to the Tricolour and asked all to do the same to promote the idea of ‘Har Ghar Tiranga‘. Between August 13 to August 15, India is celebrating the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ movement to show reverence and strength. Our prime minister hoists the national flag over the Red Fort. Flag hoisting events, and cultural Programmes will be hosted in all the schools, colleges, offices, institutions, Organisations, etc.. to celebrate the Independence day and students also prepare speeches on this day.  

A glimpse of the History of Independence Day:

The first war of Indian history against British rule was known as the Revolution of 1857 that was started by Mangal Pandey, a sepoy in the Bengal Army. He attacked two British officers but was eventually suppressed by the Britishers, but this act really played a significant role in the national movements for independence of India and further Rani Lakshmi Bai along with Nana Saheb and Tatya tope fought against British rule. 

It is seen in a British report that Sir Hugh Rose chronicled that Rani Lakshmi Bai was clever and beautiful and “she was the most dangerous of all Indian leaders”.  

Swadeshi movement in 1905 to 1911 took place and demonstrates the significance of Partition of Bengal by Lord Curzon. 

The Home Rule movement was led in 1916 to 1918 by Bal Gangadhar Tilak & Annie Besant. Then the very first non-violence movement “Champaran Satyagraha Movement” took place in 1917 and led by Mahatma Gandhi. Then in 1919, the Rowlatt Act was passed by the British Government, and the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, one of the most horrible events in Indian history took place in Amritsar.

In 1920, Khilafat and the Non-Cooperation Movement led by Mahatma Gandhi with massive people. In 1930, the Civil Disobedience Movement that highlighted the breaking of the salt law. Then In 1942, Quit India Movement  was led by Mahatma Gandhi, his third major movement against British Rule.

Leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Bhagat Singh, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, among others dedicated their lives to fight against British rule to earn India’s freedom.

Here are Some quotes to Remember:

“Democracy and socialism are means to an end, not the end itself”. ~Jawaharlal Nehru
“Swaraj is my birth right and I shall have it”. ~Bal Gangadhar Tilak
“One individual may die for an idea, but that idea will, after his death, incarnate itself in a thousand lives”. ~Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose
“It is easy to kill individuals, but you cannot kill the ideas. Great empires crumbled, while the ideas survived”. ~Bhagat Singh
“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. We need not wait to see what others do.” ~Mahatma Gandhi
 “Only through the right education can a better order of society be built up.” ~Jawaharlal Nehru

Partition, a Horrible incident in Indian history:

The merriness of independence was short-lived because on August 14 1947, the majority of Muslims were pressured to move to Lahore which was a dominating district of Hindu and Sikh community. At that time, Hindus & Sikhs used to live there  in ‘distinct enclaves’. After partition Hindu & Sikh communities had to leave Lahore and they had shifted to East Punjab and Delhi in India. Thousands of Hindus and Sikhs, petrified, unstabled, and uncertain. When they saw the commotion between Muslims & Hindus. Hundreds of people couldn’t come across due to clashes or overcrowded trains. The violence during partition is considered as one of the darkest chapters in Indian History.

The theme for Independence Day 2023: The theme for Independence Day 2023 is “Nation First, Always First”

Independence Day 2023: Significance 

On this significant day, we celebrate India’s freedom and remember the sacrifices, abandon that were made to achieve freedom. This day all the Indians come together and celebrate the victory we got years ago, and pledge to work hard and love more to build a better nation for a better future. 

We all should truly celebrate this day and our independence which we didn’t get in legacy but snatched by the freedom fighters of our country. Our people had endured the atrocity, amiss behaviour, inappropriate rule, and injustice then we got this independence. Our freedom fighters had to lay down their lives as the price for our independence. We should not take this for granted but value it. 

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