Interesting and Lesser Known Facts About India
Interesting and lesser-known facts about our India that you had no idea about. Some of the facts are mind-blowing and are not very popular. India woke up to freedom on 15th August way back in 1947 after 200 years of British Rule in India.
On this day Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who became India`s first Prime Minister, raised the Indian National Flag above the Lahori Gate in the Red Fort in Delhi. Getting independence from British rule is not easy, millions of Indians were brutally jailed and died under the foreign rule but the collective efforts of the whole India gave us Independence on 15th August 1947.
No National Anthem
When India became independent on 15th August 1947 there was no official National Anthem at that time, even though the Bengali version of Jana Gana Mana was already written in 1911 but it is considered as a national anthem in 1950.
Why 15th August
Lord Mountbatten the last Viceroy of India chose August 15th as Independence Day because on the same date in 1945 Japan surrender to the allied forces in World War 2. India shares 15th August as their Independence Day with North and South Korea, Republic of Congo and Bahrain.
When India became independent there were 562 princely states in India, 560 of these states joined immediately but 2 states Hyderabad and Junagadh joined India after military action.
Mistake by Pakistan
Some old records state that in October 1947 if Pakistan had not sent there tribesmen and forces to conquer Jammu and Kashmir the state will surely join Pakistan. Lord Mountbatten once famously says that by sending its troops into the state they have spoiled the whole thing.
These days we can see various adaptations of the Indian National Flag, but very few peoples know that only Khadi or Hand Spun cloth material is allowed to use in the flag. Use of any other material in flying a flag is a punishable act with a provision of three years of imprisonment and a cash fine.
Youngest Freedom Fighter
We have heard of many famous freedom fighters but we never know about the youngest freedom fighter who was jailed at the age of 6 months only. Rani Saroj Gaurihar is her name and she lives in Agra and she is now about 85 years old. She along with her mother Satyawati Rawat was imprisoned by the British army and later on, she joined freedom struggle as a teenager in 1942.
National Anthem Controversy
There was a controversy about Jana Gana Mana our national anthem, many people think that it was written for the British Monarch, but Rabindranath Tagore denies this. He wrote this song on the request of his friend and song pronounced the victory of Bhagya Vidhata of India not of King George King V.
India`s first Prime Minister Pandit Nehru who was lovingly called Chacha Nehru has the privilege of hosting the National Flag for 17 times from the ramparts of Red Fort. He is also one of the style icons of his times he even featured in Vogue magazine. His unique dressing style of single-breasted jacket has become a fashion trend in the west.
India has never attacked any country in her last 100,000 years of history. We should feel very proud of our country not just because it’s our country but because of the struggle, sacrifice and patriotism of our countrymen who happily gave away their lives so that we can live in an Independent India.
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