On 15th August 1947, India got its freedom, ending the 200-year British rule in the subcontinent. It is a day of immense pride for all Indians as we commemorate the sacrifices made by millions of our freedom fighters, who had sacrificed their lives in the freedom struggle and with their unfaltering grit and patriotism, forced the British empire to finally retreat.
August 15 also marks the anniversary of undivided India’s partition into India and Pakistan, which took place on August 14-15 in 1947. It all began with the Battle of Plassey in 1757 when the British got control over India and the East India Company began ruling in our country – often referred to as British Raj. The rule and slavery persisted for about a century. Our first attempt to get freedom in 1757 yielded no result and yet, Indians did not lose their heart and continued to strive and fight for the country’s independence.
Some of the great freedom fighters of India, whose courage and patriotism continue to inspire us to work for a prosperous and even stronger India, include legends like Mahatma Gandhi, Rani Lakshmi Bai, Bhagat Singh, Mangal Pandey, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Subhash Chandra Bose and hundreds and thousands more.
On the eve of India’s independence, India's first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had made in his “Tryst with destiny” speech that went down in the history – “At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.”