Interesting Facts of Independence Day

India has a long history to tell about itself since independent till now. On the occasion of India’s 70th Independence Day, here are some interesting and unknown facts related to India and independence. Independence Day means a lot for India and its citizens. It is a most significant of India celebrated every year since India got independence from Britishers. People in India celebrate it with lots of preparations and courage. India is a country of “Unity in Diversity” where people from different kind of religions live however any national occasion means for them as single and they celebrate it together.

1.India attain independence at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947. Korea, Congo, Bahrain and Liechtenstein also share their Independence Day with India on this day.

2.The Indian National Anthem is ‘Jana Gana Mana’ which is written and composed by Rabindranath Tagore.

3.The National Song of India is ‘Vande Mataram’ which is a poem composed by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay in 1870s and included in his 1881 novel Anandamath. The song’s first two verses are adopted as the National Song of India.

4.The Indian Struggle for Freedom started in 1857 with the Sepoy Mutiny led by Mangal Pandey. The 1857 revolt that was waged against the British forces were led by Rani Laxmi Bai of Jhansi, Tantya Tope, Bahadur Shah Zafar and Nana Sahib.

5.The princely state of Jammu and Kashmir had not decided which dominion to join that is India or Pakistan. Pakistan believed that J&K should belong to their side since the majority population was Muslim but the Hindu Maharaja finally agreed to join India in October 1947 giving rise to the conflict which is ongoing till today.

6.Bal Gangadhar Tilak along with Sir Rattan Jamshed Tata conceived the Bombay Swadeshi Co-op Stores Co. Ltd. in favour of Swadeshi goods and boycotting the foreign goods in early 1900s. The store is known today as the Bombay Store.

7.Cyril John Radcliffe drew the boundary between India and Pakistan, he was a British lawyer and Law Lord.

8.The name India was derived from the river Indus and bears testimony to the great Indus Valley Civilization that flourished between the river’s tributaries.

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