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IN History & Culture ON 13 Aug, 2016
"At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom."
This historical line by Nehru from his famous Independence Day speech (Tryst with Destiny) will never fail to give you goosebumps whenever you read or hear them. Our independence was hard fought. The British ruled over our lands for a long time. But then, The Wheel of Time turns, and India finally gets freed from the 'British Raj.'
You cannot cage the bird for a long time, Right? Britishers had caged the 'Golden Sparrow' for more than 200 years, but some birds are born to fly, very high, I mean. This bird has grown with time and it is continuously flying higher with proud.
On 15 August 2016, India will be celebrating its 70th Independence Day.
Here are some of the secrets behind the day, time and year of the India Independence Day.
I know, after reading this, your curiosity will start playing hide and seek with your emotions, your zest level will be too high. Your mind starts shouting 'WHY'? You need to dive inside to read out the more facts.
History is calling you, don't miss the call and receive it with great enthusiasm.
The Quit India movement or the Revolt of 1942 or 'August Revolution' of 1942 was the most popular mass movement in the series of agitations led by Gandhi in the course of the freedom struggle. Then, why we remain slaves of Britishers during 1942? The reason is the awakening of masses by Gandhi and the activities of Bose behind the scenes (of strengthening Indian National Army).
By the time the World War II had come to an end in 1945, the British were financially weak; they were ruling their colonies alone. They were on the brink of bankruptcy. The historic win of Labour party in the Britain elections of 1945 was very well received by our freedom fighters because the Labour party had promised to work on granting independence to India.
The plan initially was to transfer power from Britain to India by June 1948. But Jinnah stuck to his demand of partition from India. Nehru refused such proposal from the Jinnah, and communal violence started spreading across the whole country. The 'June 3 Mountbatten Plan' was decided to prepone the date of independence by almost a year to 1947.
It was Lord Mountbatten who had personally selected the date of August 15 because it was "very lucky" for his career. He was the commander of the allied forces during the World War II when Japanese surrendered before him.
There was an outrage among astrologers across the whole country because 15 August 1947 was an "unfortunate & unholy" date according to some astrological calculations. Therefore, they suggested that the midnight hour between 11.51 P.M and 12.39 A.M or the "Abhijeet Muhurta" was a perfect time for our Independence.
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