As India celebrates 70 years of freedom from British Raj this year, the agony of the ruthless English rule still lingers on in some places. A fearsome battle by the freedom fighters paved our entry into an era of hope and democracy and even after 70 years, a lot needs to be done to achieve the dream of Akhand Bharat.
But this post sheds light on some of the most unique and controversial facts related to Indian Independence.
Our National Anthem was originally designed to pay homage to King George V
Well Yes! Astonishing, Right?
Nehru wasn’t elected as our first Prime Minister. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel won the elections fair and square
But since Nehru didn’t want to play second in command to anyone and also that Gandhi had a soft spot for Nehru, Sardar Patel was pulled down.
The Last Viceroy and first Governor General of India – Louis Mountbatten – declared August 15 as the date for our country’s Independence.
The Indian Flag was first hoisted on Aug 7,1906 in Parsee Bagan Square in Calcutta
And not on Aug 15th 1947 as we’ve grown up thinking.
Mahatma Gandhi wasn’t the one who came up with the design of the Indian Flag
In reality, it was Pingali Venkavya, a freedom fighter who came up with the idea of our very flag!
Though we see various materials being used for our tricolour, the law of the land says only “khadi” (hand-spun cloth) should be used for our national flag.
The Flag Code of India states that any other material used to make the national flag may sentence you to three years of imprisonment and a fine.
India had multi-lingual freedom fighters
The Inspiring Soul of India – Bhagat Singh was highly fluent in many different languages like French, Swedish, English, Arabic, Hindi and Punjabi and not just that, he was a voracious reader as well.
India – The Peace Maker
Certainly, the history speaks of it! India has never invaded any country in her last 1,00,000 years of history.
Though India gained its Independence, Goa was still being controlled by the Portuguese.
Jawaharlal Nehru, the trend setter was pictured in the Vogue Magazine
That too wearing his traditional coat which made his single breasted jacket become a Fashion trend in the West.
India gets its name from the River Indus which was the home of the Indus Valley Civilization
It is considered to be one of the first civilizations. On the other hand, our country’s name in Sanskrit is Bhartiya Ganarjya.