The word ‘Independence’ brings a sense of pride, happiness and an achievement long awaited.
The word itself has a charm of its own. Whatever age you are in, you want to have freedom in your own perspective. A small child would ask for freedom to play, a young would want freedom to go anywhere, the elders would want freedom of different sorts, so all prefer to be free and independent in their own way.
After the colonial rule of the Britishers for 200 years, India finally became free from their rule in 1947. Indian after many years could breathe fresh in its own air, could live happily and have independence of its own.
Jawarlal Nehru has quoted independence beautifully in his tryst with Destiny,
“Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance”.
Yes, we became free but have we ever pondered over the fact that why 15th August is celebrated as Independence day, why not any other date?
Lord Mountbatten had been given a mandate by the British parliament to transfer the power by June 30, 1948. If he had waited till June 1948, in C Rajagopalachari’s memorable words, there would have been no power left to transfer. Mountbatten thus advanced the date to August 1947.
Based on Mountbatten’s inputs the Indian Independence Bill was introduced in the British House of Commons on July 4, 1947 and passed within a fortnight. It provided for the end of the British rule in India, on August 15, 1947, and the establishment of the Dominions of India and Pakistan, which were allowed to secede from the British Commonwealth.
The auspicious date of August 15rings a bell of solidarity, love for the country and the sacrifices made by all our soldiers.
Salute to all those who gave their lives to make this country a better place to live where each individual could breathe freely and have their own rights functioned.
India was always a rich Nation both monetarily and with values.
A great applaud for our freedom fighters who ensured that the coming generations live with ease and freely in their own land.