15th August, 1947, the day is etched out in the minds and hearts of all Indians. India gained freedom after years of struggle against the British Rule. Independence Day of any country is a moment of pride and glory. On this special occasion, rich tributes are paid to the freedom fighters like Gandhi
, Nehru, Tilak
, Bhagat Singh
, Sarojini Naidu
amongst others, who fought selflessly for the freedom of our country, sacrificed their lives to free their motherland from the clutches of the oppressors - British who ruled India.
PM Narendra Modi's address to the Nation LIVE from Red Fort on 15 August 2016
On the eve of 15th August, 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru
addressed the constituent assembly at the Parliament, delivering his famed, eloquent speech, Tryst with Destiny
announcing India’s freedom at midnight. This announcement brought about a rise in spirits all over the country, for India was finally realizing a dream to be a free nation, free from oppression and domination under the British rule. It was a historic day as India finally shook off the shackles of British Rule and became free. It was a night of celebration all over the country.
However, sometimes to gain something you may have to lose something integral. Due to the growing disparities between the Hindu and Muslim communities, the demand for a new nation for Muslims grew louder. Punjab and Sindh were divided in the north-west region of India to form a new nation. Pakistan was formed on the 14th of August, and celebrates Independence Day on that day.
Every year, on this day, Indians pay homage and remember these great people with a sense of pride. There are functions and activities
organized in schools, colleges and government organization to remember the day that we became a free nation. There is an official ceremony held at the Red Fort in the National Capital. The Prime Minister of India hoists the Tricolor at the Red Fort to commemorate Independence Day and to honor our freedom fighters. The Prime Minister's speech at the Red Fort in Delhi is a major highlight. Patriotic presentations by school children add colors to the celebrations.
Delhi’s skyline gets dotted with thousands of kites taking to the sky on this day. Similar programs are held at all the State capitals also. The preparations for this major event begin a month in advance. Roads are decorated with flags and buntings. Buildings of national importance are illuminated and all in all it’s a happy and a joyful day.
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'At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps,
India will awake to life and freedom' - Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru