India will be celebrating its 75th Independence Day on August 15, 2021
India’s Independence Day is significant as it stands as a reminder of the sacrifices that many freedom fighters made to get independence from British rule.
Know the history of India’s Independence
The Indian Independence Bill was introduced in the British House of Commons on July 4, 1947, and passed within a fortnight. It provided for the end of British rule in India on August 15, 1947. After that, India became a free country with the bifurcation of India and Pakistan.
Some of the great freedom fighters who helped in India’s freedom struggle include Mahatma Gandhi, Rani Lakshmi Bai, Bhagat Singh, Mangal Pandey, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Subhas Chandra Bose and many more.
Significance of India’s Independence Day
India’s Independence Day is significant as it stands as a reminder of the sacrifices that many freedom fighters made to get independence from British rule. It is a national holiday and it is usually observed throughout the nation with the hoisting of the tricolour, parades and cultural events. In commemoration of the day, India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru raised the Indian national flag above the Lahori Gate of Red Fort in Delhi on August 15, 1947. It is a tradition that has since then been followed by the incumbent Prime Minister, followed by an address to the country.
Rare facts of India’s Independence Day
1. The song ‘Bharoto Bhagyo Bidhata’ composed in 1911 by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore was renamed as ‘Jana Gana Mana’ and adopted by the Constituent Assembly of India as the national anthem on January 24, 1950.
2. The Indian national flag with three horizontal stripes of red, yellow and green was hoisted on August 7, 1906, at Parsee Bagan Square in Kolkata. The first variant of India’s current national flag was designed by freedom fighter Pingali Venkayya in 1921. The current flag with saffron, white and green colours and the Ashok Chakra in the middle was officially adopted on July 22, 1947, and hoisted on August 15, 1947.
3. Five other countries celebrate their independence on August 15 along with India. They are Bahrain, North Korea, South Korea, the Republic of Congo and Liechtenstein.
4. The Indian flag is manufactured and supplied from only one place in the nation. The Karnataka Khadi Gramodyoga Samyukta Sangha (KKGSS), located in Dharwad in Karnataka, has the authority to manufacture and supply the Indian national flag. According to the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), the flag is manufactured only with hand-spun and handwoven cotton khadi wafting.
5. Even after India’s independence, Goa was still a Portuguese colony. It was annexed to India by the Indian Army only in 1961. Thus, Goa was the last state to join the Indian territory.
Now for the first-time ever, Indians will be able to get an entire 360-degree virtual reality view of Independence Day celebrations from the Red Fort in New Delhi.
The central government has revealed a new website for the 75th Independence Day celebrations this year — indianidc2021.mod.gov.in. The website was launched by defence secretary Dr Ajay Kumar on August 3 to mark the upcoming Independence Day 2021 celebrations, according to a government release. The website will serve as a platform to connect Indians all over the world to celebrate the national festival, the release stated, adding that a mobile app for the Independence Day Celebrations (IDC), 2021, will soon be launched as well.The Independence Day celebration platform also provides a host of other features, including a special IDC radio, gallery, interactive filters, e-books on deeds of gallantry, 50 years of 1971 victory, and blogs on the freedom movement, wars and war memorials. Once logged in, netizens will be able to know every single detail related to the Independence Day event — including minute-to-minute programme, route map, parking details, RSVP and details of other activities. The programme calendar for all initiatives taken by various ministries to mark the occasion is also available on the platform. “The platform is freely accessible to all and provides updates and information regarding activities centred around the IDC 2021,” the government stated in the official press release. “It encompasses the entire Indian diaspora as if they were a part of the celebrations in person. It is an attempt to engage people of all ages, especially the youth.” The Independence Day celebration platform aims to imbibe the “culture of togetherness” among the masses so that they can celebrate this landmark occasion and unite under the common identity of being Indians, said defence secretary Kumar while speaking on the occasion. He also shed light on a number of activities planned in the run-up to IDC 2021, including an all-women mountaineering expedition at Mount Manirang, 75 medical camps organised by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and statue cleaning activities carried out by the National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadets at 75 places across the country.
The one big idea behind celebrating Independence Day is to sensitise the people, especially the younger generation, about the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters to achieve freedom.
Independence Day instills a sense of nationalism in the hearts of youth’: Yogi Adityanath
This will instil a sense of nationalism in the hearts of the youth It has the purpose of social awakening rather than any political undertones. are needed to be told about the glorious past. There is a need to inculcate a sense of national pride which will strength the sense of patriotism in the young generations.
This is why we are organising a series of events as part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’.