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Independence Day : A Day That Makes Every Indian Feel Pride And A Trailblazer To A Golden Era Of Freedom!

Updated on August 14, 2015

Jai Hind 15th August, The Day Of Independence for our Motherland!

The annual observance of 15th August as the Independence Day of India is by and large celebrated with much pomp and grandeur. On this revered day, every Indian stands tall and proud, for he has managed to break the shackles of slavery, and achieved freedom for his motherland, in the truest possible sense. Jai Hind!!This was made possible only due to the consistent efforts of the freedom fighters, who pushed their personal life to the background and gave the utmost importance to this fight for freedom against foreign rule.

We can only bow our heads in utmost reverence, to the innumerable sacrifices made by these martyrs. Coming to the rescue were the able- minded intellectuals, who made the dream of an Independent India a reality. The uprising of 1857 by Mangal Pandey was a benchmark in the freedom struggle as it was an outburst against all racial discriminations and injustice to Indians in all fields. The leaders all got together, forming parties and a revolution was ignited with the aim of ousting the Britishers. By the time it was world-war II, they realized that India can no longer be held slave.

Freedom Fighter Mangal Pandey
Freedom Fighter Mangal Pandey | Source

On the midnight of 15th August 1947, on the stroke of midnight when the whole world was in oblivion, India woke up to unbound happiness as its tryst with destiny had finally won the much deserved freedom from the British rule.

The Hoisting of the National Flag: Attainment of Liberation!

Independence Day is celebrated with flag hoisting by the Prime Minister on the Red Fort, Delhi. After the Flag hoisting, the National anthem is sung melodiously with much devotion. Then 21 gunshots are fired as a salute to the flag. The speech by the Prime Minister is something which the entire nation waits to hear. All the highlights and achievements of the nation, in the year gone by are detailed. In all schools , colleges and government institutions of all the Indian states, the flag is hoisted and there are a number of cultural programmes and parades. It is the day of extreme pride for all Indians.

PM Narendra Modi hoisting flag at Red Fort Delhi on 68th Independence Day
PM Narendra Modi hoisting flag at Red Fort Delhi on 68th Independence Day | Source

A Wealth of Meaning Symbolically Represented in the National Flag!

  • The true meaning of Independence may escape the uninitiated. However it is beautifully explained within our flag
  • When you look deeply into the word Independence, ‘In’ represents the inner self, ‘Dependence’ represents the dependence of us on our own inner self.
  • A person who realizes this seems to practice Kriyayoga.
  • Indian Flag is designed beautifully keeping the best values in mind.
  • The flag post represents the Brahmadanda – the spine and the brain.
  • The Chakra with 24 stripes represents the elements within the human body.
  • The orange, white and green stripes stand for the Physical, Astral and causal.
  • The chakra is a beginning and end within itself, a realization of the Poornata-that is perfectness
  • The distance between self and I is absolutely zero.
  • The realisation that self is entire cosmos, which is never ending is contained in this philosophy of creation, of cosmic creation where we realize that we are one with God, our creator and we give the same respect to our country of course.

Indian National Flag By	Jpoonnolly [CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons
Indian National Flag By Jpoonnolly [CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

The order of the Indian Flag colour top to down is

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Fire For The Historic Struggle Was Fanned By Numerous Faceless Indians

Today we all Indians are breathing in a free country. We don’t know how it is to be a slave. But then this has been made possible by the tremendous struggle of many national leaders and our forefathers who dreamt of a free India away from clutches of the foreign rule. The sepoy mutiny started by Mangal Pandey is a shining example of a true patriot, who died for his motherland.

Freedom Fighters of India
Freedom Fighters of India | Source

Many small wars and revolutions snowballed into this fire for freedom. Right from Rani Jhansi to Hazrat Begum, to Subhash Chandra Bose, the 20th Century was the time when the dissatisfaction with the British rulers was at its peak. And how can one forget the priceless gift of Ahimsa propagated by Gandhi in igniting all minds with the desire for freedom struggle in a non-violent way.

The Miraculous Midnight Hour Gifting us the Air Of Freedom!

The behind the scenes diligent work that was done by the entire team of Indian patriots bore fruit by the 1940’s. That was a time when Britain was on the verge of bankruptcy. Adding fuel to the fire was the victory of the Labour Party in Britain in 1945. Their manifesto was to grant freedom and self-rule to all colonies under British rule. Hence Lord Mountbatten was appointed as the Viceroy to India to oversee the transfer of power in 1947.

Lord Mountbatten [CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons
Lord Mountbatten [CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

The date was selected as 15th of August as Lord Mountbatten was slightly superstitious about considering it as a lucky day. This was because he had won a war against Japan on this date.

The astrologers were aghast at 15-Aug-1947, as it was considered an unlucky date. However Lord Mountbatten was adamant. So it was decided that the midnight hour, between the 14th-15th would be auspicious avoiding the 15th. The Indians were appeased because according to the English a new day begins at midnight, while the Hindu belief is a fresh day starts only at sunrise.

The Viceroy of Independent India was

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The Nation Stands in Respect to Jana Gana Mana

The National Anthem of India, Jana Gana Mana, is written by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. It has seen millions on their feet, standing to reverential attention while it is played. In 2011 it completed a hundred years. It represents nationalisms broadest ideals. Even after so many years, it stirs and appeals to India’s democratic consciousness.

Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore
Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore | Source

A Celebration Awakening the spirit of Patriotism!

At the crack of dawn on 15th August there awakens the spirit of stepping from the old into the new. Indians re-discover themselves every year with great joy, a sense of freedom in their souls. There are flag-hoisting ceremonies in all schools, colleges and all public institutions, representing, that they are free. Free at last from the shackles of bondage, every Indian should cherish this free country and appreciate the efforts of those countless Indians who did not hesitate to put their life at stake for their Motherland. The realisation of being true patriot is true independence. Jai Hind!!!

Thousands laid down their lives so that our country is breathing this day Never forget their sacrifice… Happy Independence Day
Thousands laid down their lives so that our country is breathing this day Never forget their sacrifice… Happy Independence Day | Source

Which independent year have we Indians entered?

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