The Independence Day of India, which is celebrated throughout the country on the 15th of August every year, holds tremendous ground in the list of national days, since it reminds every Indian about the dawn of a new beginning, the beginning of an era of deliverance from the clutches of British colonialism of more than 200 years.
It was on 15th August 1947 that India was declared Independent from British colonialism, and the reins of control were handed over to the leaders of the Country. India’s gaining of Independence was a tryst with destiny, as the struggle for freedom was a long and tiresome one, witnessing the sacrifices of many freedom fighters, who laid down their lives on the line.
The struggle for India’s Independence began in 1857 with the Sepoy Mutiny in Meerut. Later, in the 20th century, the Indian National Congress and other political organizations, under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, launched a countrywide Independence movement. Colonial powers were transferred to India on August 15, 1947.
The Constituent Assembly, to whom power was to be transferred, met to celebrate India’s Independence at 11 pm on August 14 and August 15, 1947. It was then that the free India’s first prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru gave his famous ‘Tryst with Destiny’ speech. People across India are reminded of the meaning of this event-that it marked the start of a new era.
-Compiled by Meera S.Menon