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).
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