Independence day is not just a day, but a celebration celebrated with great zeal and joy on 15th August each year. Here are Some Lesser Known Facts About India and its Independence.
At the time of Independence, the only authority was the Governor-General, and he had most of the power in his hands. The government, as we know it today, came only subsequently.
India actually became independent on 18th July 1947. However, Lord Mountbatten declared 15th August as the date of Independence. This was because this date held a different significance – it marked the second anniversary of Japan surrendering to the Allies in the second world war.
The national flag was hoisted at the Parsee Bagan Square in Calcutta on 7th August 1906. That flag was different from the one it is right now. It had three horizontal stripes of red, yellow, and green color with the green stripe at the top, which had eight white lotuses imprinted on the flag in a single line. While on the yellow strip, Vande Mataram was written. There was also a white sun on the left and a white crescent and star on the right imprinted on the red strip.
India is rightly named after the River Indus, which was home to the country’s first inhabitants.
India’s independence day is shared with five other countries, who celebrate their Independence on the same date. However, the years of Independence were different. These countries are – Bahrain, North Korea, South Korea, Congo, and Liechtenstein.
In 1947, When India gained Independence, it did so without a National Anthem. The anthem that is sung today came to be borrowed later in the 1950s from the Bengali version, written by Rabindranath Tagore.
India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, was featured in the Vogue Magazine and was famous for his unique dressing style. His jacket became popular as a fashion trend in the West and was named the ‘Nehru Jacket,’ as we know it today.
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