“At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new…India discovers herself again.”
On this 73rd Independence day lets go through few facts which do mark importance in our history then and now.
- WHY 15TH OF AUGUST??
Though India unofficially got its independence on July 18, 1947, however, 15 August was officially decided because of Mountbatten. He chose this day because this day was also recognised as the second anniversary of Japan’s surrender to the Allied Forces in World War II.
- WHERE WAS OUR FIRST NATIONAL FLAG UNFURLED??
Did you think Lal Qila No! not Lal Qila, the National flag of India was first unfurled on August 7, 1906, at the Parsee Bagan Square in Calcutta, and it had horizontal stripes of red, yellow and green.
- WHERE IS OUR NATIONAL FLAG PRODUCED??
Khadi Development and Village Industries Commission is authorized for making the glorious flag of India. The Karnataka Khadi Gramodyog Samyukta Sangha in Dharwad is the only maker of the flag, using cotton instead of the earlier varieties.
- MISSING FACTOR OF OUR INDEPENDENCE
Mahatma Gandhi, the chief architect of the nation’s Independence, did not participate in the celebrations. Instead, did a fast for the entire day in Calcutta, witnessing the flames of communal violence in Bengal between the Muslims and Hindus.