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:

  • 15th Aug, 1947 - India gains freedom.
  • 30th Jan, 1948 - Mahatma Gandhi assassinated by Nathuram Godse.
  • 12th Sep, 1948 - India wins its fourth Olympic gold medal in hockey.
  • 1910 - A Satyagrahi’s camp known as the Tolstoy Farm was established at Lawley, 21 miles from Johannesburg.
  • 26th Jan, 1950 - India becomes a Republic.
  • 25th Oct 1951 to 21st Feb, 1952 - This period saw the first general election of independent India
  • 18th-19th Dec, 1961 - Indian army annexed Goa from the Portuguese
  • 20th Oct-21 Nov, 1962 - India and China go to war over a border dispute.
  • May 27, 1964 - Jawaharlal Nehru dies the first Prime Minister of India dies.
  • 5th Aug to 23rd Sep,1965 - Indo-Pak war over Kashmir.
  • 3rd-16th Dece, 1971 - Indo-Pak War – Bangladesh was born with India’s support.
  • 18th May, 1974 - India explodes Pokhran, a nuclear device in an underground test.
  • 26th Jun 1975 to 21st Mar 1977 - Indira Gandhi declares emergency
  • 25th Jun, 1983 - India wins the World Cup in cricket
  • 31st Oct, 1984 - Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh guards. Anti-Sikh riots break out.
  • 2nd-3rd Dec, 1984 - Poisonous gas leaks from a pesticide plant Union Carbide Corp. in Bhopal, killing thousands.
  • 1988 - Viswanathan Anand becomes India s first Grandmaster in Chess
  • May 21st, 1991 - Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by suicide bombing.
  • 6th Dec, 1992 - Hindus tear down Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, leading to a nation-wide Hindu-Muslim riots.
  • 26th Dec, 2004 - Thousands of people killed in the Tsunami
  • 7th Jul, 2007 - Taj Mahal, Indian monument was re-elected as one the new Seven Wonders of the World.
  • 9th Sep, 2007 - India win Asian hockey tournament
  • 14th Sep, 2007 - India win first Twenty-20 world tournament.
  • 11th Aug, 2008 - Abhinav Bindra won 1st ever individual gold medal for country in Olympics
  • 28th 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”.
  • 10th Oct, 2008 - India, US signs nuclear deal.
  • 26th, Nov, 2008 - Mumbai terror attacks of 26/11 shook the whole nation, killing 183 people leaving the whole city in stress for 60 hrs.
  • 1st Jan, 2009 - The new anti-terror regimes, National Investigation Agency (NIA) Bill and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment (UAPA) Bill, came into force.
  • Feb 2009 - India launches a national identity scheme, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDA).
  • 12th Jun, 2009 - A 148-year old colonial law banning homosexual intercourse in India is overturned by the High Court in New Delhi.
  • 26th Jul, 2009 - India launches its first nuclear submarine, the INS Arihant.
  • 4th Aug, 2009 - The Indian government initiates The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act.
  • 7th Nov, 2009 - Russia signs a nuclear reactor deal with India
  • 1st Apr, 2010 - India launches its new 2011 biometric census.
  • 3rd -14th Oct, 2010 - XIX Commonwealth Games were held in Delhi.
  • 2nd Apr, 2011 - India wins the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
  • 5th Apr, 2011 - Anna Hazare undertakes fast for Jan Lokpal Bill at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi.
  • 30th Oct, 2011 - F1 2011 Race comes to India at the Buddh International Circuit, Noida.
  • 29th Mar, 2012 - India hosts 4th BRICS summit at New Delhi.

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