Five thing you need to know about Indian independence day

Sivasagar, Prangan Duatah: Have you ever wondered why we celebrate our independence day on August 15? Probably you know this answer. Right? But Yet, not many of us are aware of some interesting facts of the independence movement of the largest democracy in the world. Thus, on our 70h Independence Day, we summed up a few facts about India’s independence that we think every Indian should know. Please take a look.

1. India will celebrate 70th years of independence from the British rule on this 15th August. India’s first independence movement against the British started in 1857 and is widely regarded to have been instigated by an Indian soldier in the British East India Company, Mangal pandey. This first independence movement was a revolt of Indian soldiers and people against British rule.
2. India’s national anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana,’ was first sung on Dec. 27, 1911, during a meeting of the Indian National Congress party in Calcutta, which was written by Rabindranath Tagore, who is the first Indian to win a Nobel Prize. The song’s title translates to, “Thou art the ruler of the minds of all people.”
3. In 1943, Subhash Chandra Bose formed the Indian National Army to attempt to drive the British out of India. It formed an alliance with Imperial Japan in the latter’s campaign in the Southeast Asian theatre of WWII. Actually the army was first formed in 1942 under Mohan Singh, by Indian PoWs of the British-Indian Army captured by Japan in the Malayan campaign and at Singapore. This first INA collapsed and was disbanded in December that year after differences between the INA leadership and the Japanese military over its role in Japan’s war in Asia. It was revived under the leadership of Subhas Chandra Bose after his arrival in Southeast Asia in 1943.
4. National flag is one of the highest identities of an independent Nation. In our tricolor flag the white strip in the middle and the Ashok Chakra was given by Mahatama Gandhi. The white shade represented other communities and the Chakra was seen as a symbol of progress. And our national flag was first time hoisted on August 7, 1906, at Parsee Bagan Square in Kolkata. This flag displayed horizontal stripes of red, yellow and green with eight white lotuses drawn at the top red strip of the flag.
5. Mahatama Gandhi was not a part of the first Independence Day celebration on August 15, 1947. He was in Calcutta. When the rest of the country was celebrating the spirit of independence, Mahatma Gandhi dedicated his day to prayers, fasting and protesting against communal hatred.