After gaining its independence on the 15th of August, 1947, India like any developing country has been through a lot of ups and downs as a nation. India as a growing country has seen several changes. Considering India s freedom is comparatively new, the enormity of the changes, achievements and developments over the years is tremendous.

Events Post Independence

Listed below are some of the important events-some bad, some good, achievements and accomplishments of India over the post-independence years:

India gains freedom.

15th Aug, 1947

Mahatma Gandhi assassinated by Nathuram Godse.

30th Jan, 1948

India wins its fourth Olympic gold medal in hockey.

12th Sep, 1948

India becomes a Republic.

26th Jan, 1950

This period saw the first general election of independent India

25th Oct 1951 to
21st Feb, 1952

Indian army annexed Goa from the Portuguese

18th-19th Dec, 1961

India and China go to war over a border dispute.

20th Oct-21 Nov, 1962

Jawaharlal Nehru dies the first Prime Minister of India dies.

May 27, 1964

Indo-Pak war over Kashmir.

5th Aug to 23rd Sep,1965

Indo-Pak War – Bangladesh was born with India’s support.

3rd-16th Dece, 1971

India explodes Pokhran, a nuclear device in an underground test.

18th May, 1974

Indira Gandhi declares emergency

26th Jun 1975 to
21st Mar 1977

India wins the World Cup in cricket

25th Jun, 1983

Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh guards. Anti-Sikh riots break out.

31st Oct, 1984

Poisonous gas leaks from a pesticide plant Union Carbide Corp. in Bhopal, killing thousands.

2nd-3rd Dec, 1984

Viswanathan Anand becomes India s first Grandmaster in Chess


Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by suicide bombing.

May 21st, 1991

Hindus tear down Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, leading to a nation-wide Hindu-Muslim riots.

6th Dec, 1992

Thousands of people killed in the Tsunami

26th Dec, 2004

Taj Mahal, Indian monument was re-elected as one the new Seven Wonders of the World.

7th Jul, 2007

India win Asian hockey tournament

9th Sep, 2007

India win first Twenty-20 world tournament.

14th Sep, 2007

Abhinav Bindra won 1st ever individual gold medal for country in Olympics.

11th Aug, 2008

India launches 10 satellites at a go and sets world record.

28th Aug, 2008

Aravind Adiga won man booker award 2008 for his debut novel “the white tiger”.

28th Aug, 2008

India, US signs nuclear deal.

10th Oct, 2008

Mumbai terror attacks of 26/11 shook the whole nation, killing 183 people leaving the whole city in stress for 60 hrs.

26th, Nov, 2008

The new anti-terror regimes, National Investigation Agency (NIA) Bill and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment (UAPA) Bill, came into force.

1st Jan, 2009

India launches a national identity scheme, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDA).

Feb 2009

A 148-year old colonial law banning homosexual intercourse in India is overturned by the High Court in New Delhi.

12th Jun, 2009

India launches its first nuclear submarine, the INS Arihant.

26th Jul, 2009

The Indian government initiates The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act.

4th Aug, 2009

Russia signs a nuclear reactor deal with India

7th Nov, 2009

India launches its new 2011 biometric census.

1st Apr, 2010

XIX Commonwealth Games were held in Delhi.

3rd -14th Oct, 2010

India wins the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

2nd Apr, 2011

Anna Hazare undertakes fast for Jan Lokpal Bill at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi.

5th Apr, 2011

F1 2011 Race comes to India at the Buddh International Circuit, Noida.

30th Oct, 2011

India hosts 4th BRICS summit at New Delhi.

29th Mar, 2012

Forthcoming Festivals

Download our free mobile app

Get festival updates on your mobile & Explore and enjoy the panorama of Festivals/Fairs/Melas celebrated in India.