Facts about Independence Day

Facts about Independence Day

On the 15th of August 1947, India became completely independent from British rule.

To mark the day, here are 6 interesting facts about India Independence Day.

Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy and the first Governor General of India, chose 15 August as Indian Independence Day as it also commemorated the second anniversary of Japan's surrender to the Allied Forces. India Independence Day Facts

Pakistan's Independence Day should be on the same day, but lord Mountbatten being the last Viceroy of undivided British India had to be present at both the ceremonies in Delhi and Karachi. Hence, Pakistan's independence day was celebrated on 14 August. India Independence Day Facts

The name India comes from the River Indus. The valleys around the river became the location of the first inhabitants of India India Independence Day Facts

At the time of independence, India had no official National Anthem. While Jana Gana Mana was written in 1911, it was officially adopted as the Indian national anthem on 24 January 1950. India Independence Day Facts

The Indian national flag is based on the Swaraj flag, a flag of the Indian National Congress. It was designed by Pingali Venkayya, a freedom fighter and an agriculturist from Machilipatnam. India Independence Day Facts

Mahatma Gandhi, was not part of the Independence Day celebrations. He was fasting at the time as part of a protest against Hindu-Muslim riots that were taking place in Bengal Mahatma Gandhi, was not part of the Independence Day celebrations. He was fasting at the time as part of a protest against Hindu-Muslim riots that were taking place in Bengal India Independence Day Facts
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