Facts To Mark The 72nd Anniversary Of India's Independence

By:B2B Desk 2018-08-08

It has been 72 years since the partition came into effect. British India was divided into two different independent nations India and Pakistan.

This declaration was made at the midnight of the 14th August 1947 by Jawaharlal Nehru. He was the first prime minister of India post independence.

He gave the most awaited speech on this day which declared India as an Independent country after the decade’s long nonviolence agitation against the British rule.



As we, India celebrates our 72nd anniversary of India’s Independence; let’s have a look at some of the facts which mark this date.

Being an Indian we all should know these facts!

Jana Gana Mana was Chosen as National Anthem by Jawaharlal Nehru

The National Anthem of India that is Jana Gana Mana was written down by the very famous poet Rabindra Nath Tagore. Very few people knew that this was originally developed to pay homage to King George. Rabindra Nath Tagore himself sung his song or the first time on 21st December 1911 at Kolkata which was earlier called as Calcutta. It was sung on the convention ceremony of Indian National Congress (INC) which also had King George in attendance.

Initially Vande Mataram was decided to be the National Anthem of independent India, but later on, Jawaharlal Nehru opted for Jana Gana Mana as the National Anthem. The reason cited for this decision was the simple to play and sing the composition of his song.

The name India was derived from the Indus river

Did you know how the name of our country India was derived? India was named after the name of Indus River. India fetched its name after the Indus Valley Civilization which is the home for Indus River. You must have heard the Sanskrit version of India! It is Bharat Ganrajya!

You must have heard this name in the speeches given by the national leaders.

Hindi is not the national language of India

Surprised? This is true. Hindi is not our national language. In Fact, Hindi has been declared as the official language of India. All the official documents and communication must be undertaken in the Hindi language. This has been mentioned in the Article No. 343 of the Indian Constitution.

Four other countries share their independence days with India

There are four more countries in the world which share their independence day with India on 15th August 1947. The countries like the Republic of Congo, South Korea, North Korea and Bahrain also celebrate their independence days on 15th August. This date of independence for India was decided by Lord Mountbatten to mark the second anniversary of surrendering of Japan to the Allied Forces during the World War II

National Flag was Initially of a Different Design

We love Indian Flag, right? But you will be surprised to know that originally the national flag had a different design and pattern altogether. It was composed of horizontal strips of red, green and yellow. The red strip had an image of eight white lotuses in a row. The green strip consisted of a white colored sun towards the left side and a star and white crescent on the right.

However, Pingali Venkayya in 1921 at Bezwada designed a national flag consisting of two colors namely red and green. They represented the major two religious communities in India.

Later on, Mahatma Gandhi advised o add a white color in between red and green strips and a spinning wheel or charkha in between the strip. The significance behind this is that the white strip represented the other religious communities in the nation and the charkha denotes the progress of the nation.

The national flag on India was first hoisted at the Parsee Bagan Square in Kolkata on 7th August 1906. Isn’t interesting facts?

Jawaharlal Nehru the Trend Setter

You will be amazed to know that Jawaharlal Nehru has been a trendsetter for a long time. His Nehru Jacket has been such a fashion revolution since ages.

He was the first Indian to be featured in the famous Vogue magazine in which he was seen donning his traditional Nehru jacket. This jacket became a fashion trend not only in India but also in the far West.

Bhagat Singh – The Multi-Lingual Freedom Fighter of India

The soul of the freedom movement in India, Bhagat Singh has been an inspiration for many in last many decades. He was highly educated and had proficiency in many languages like English, French, Hindi, Spanish, Swedish, Arabic, Punjabi, etc.

Not only this, he was a voracious reader who had knowledge about the world’s whereabouts as well

India – The Peace Loving Nation

India has always believed in nonviolence and respect for everyone. These values were inculcated by the Father of our Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. India has always been promoting peace be it with Pakistan or China or any other countries. The glorious history of India has been its proof. India has never been involved in an invasion of any other province or country in the last 1,00,000 years in the history. Amazing isn’t it?

We would like to pay our gratitude to all the freedom fighters and revolution lists. They sacrificed their lives and let no stone unturned to make India an independent country.

We are a country in which people of different religions reside. “Unity in Diversity” is the motto of India. We stand united against any threat to our motherland. We also come together to celebrate various festivals irrespective of our religions. These were the only few facts about our country.

Hope the details would have served you to know our country better. We feel proud to be a part of such a great country where intellectuals like Rabindra Nath Tagore along with many freedom fighters resided. We wish you a happy Independence Day 2018. Vande Mataram!