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?

Unknown fact about Rabindranath Tagore - The Indian national anthem writer

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.

Unknown fact about first prime minister of India

The Last Viceroy and first Governor General of India – Louis Mountbatten – declared August 15 as the date for our country’s Independence.

As it was the same day in 1945 that Japan surrendered to the Allied Forces at the end of World War II.

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.

Unknown fact about Indian flag hoisting

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!

Unknown fact about Indian flag maker - Pingali Venkavya

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.

 Unknown fact about Indian freedom fighter - Bhagat Singh

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.

India - A country of Peace and true spirit

Though India gained its Independence, Goa was still being controlled by the Portuguese.

It was on December 19, 1961 that Goa was finally annexed to India.

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.

 Jawahar Lal Nehru The trend setter of Nehru Coat pictured in vogue magazine

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.

Indus River - The name