Indian Independence Day Amazing Facts

Amazing facts to know about Independent India : Hats off to our brave warriors and revolutionalists, who left no stone unturned in making India free from the Britishers. India, as the country of "Unity in Diversity" has people hailing from different religions, castes and creeds but the thing that connects all of them is the nationality. On every national occasion, people come together and celebrate it with great amount of enthusiasm. There are some Indians, who are still unaware about their country and are keen on honing their knowledgebase regarding the interesting and lesser-known facts about Independent India. In this write-up, I’d be unveiling some of the brilliant facts, which are undoubtedly, a must-know for every Indian and persons engaged in performing a research on the Asian country called India:

Quick Facts

This year in 2018, India is celebrating its 72nd Independence Day

Independence Day 2018
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Independence Day 2019
Thursday, August 15, 2019

  • Jawaharlal Nehru chose Jana Gana Mana as the national anthem

    Penned by Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore, Jana Gana Mana was originally written to pay homage to the King George V. The song was first sung by Tagore on 27 December, 1911 at Calcutta (now Kolkata) on the day of INC (Indian National Congress) Convention, which had the King in attendance. Later, the first Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru ditched Vande Mataram to choose Jana Gana Mana as the national anthem. Well, the key reason behind this choice was that Nehru thought the song to be a simple-to-play composition for the music band.

    Jawaharlal Nehru

  • India got its name from River Indus

    Yes, you read it right! Our Motherland India has fetched its name from the River Indus, the home of the Indus Valley Civilization. Moreover, the Sanskrit name of India is Bharat Ganarajya. I'm sure you might have heard this synonym for India in the speeches of many politicians.

  • Jawaharlal Nehru had made it to the globally recognized Vogue magazine

    Independent India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was regarded as a global style icon and his famous Nehru jacket received several applauds from people in India and abroad. His signature jacket also won him a spot in the much talked-about fashion, beauty and lifestyle magazine named Vogue.

    Jawaharlal Nehru

  • Hindi isn't the national language of India

    Don't get surprised! This is actually true. Hindi isn't the national language of India; rather it's the country's official language. This fact has been penned down in Article 343 of the Indian Constitution.

  • India shares its Independence Day with four other countries

    Four other countries, including North Korea, South Korea, Republic of Congo and Bahrain share their Independence Day with the Indian Independence Day. Lord Mountbatten chose 15th August 1947 as India's Independence Day simply because the day also commemorated the second anniversary of Japan's surrender to the Allied Forces in World War II.

  • National flag was first hoisted in Calcutta and had a design quite different from the current one

    The National flag was first hoisted on 7 August, 1906 at the Parsee Bagan Square in Calcutta. It composed of horizontal strips of red, yellow and green. While the red strip placed towards the top included eight white lotuses embossed in a row, the green strip housed a white sun towards the left side with a white crescent and star positioned on the right. Created by Pingali Venkayya at Bezwada in 1921, the national flag had two colours viz: red and green, representing the two major communities. Later, Mahatma Gandhi suggested the addition of a white strip and a spinning wheel. While the white strip showcased the other Indian communities, the wheel denoted the Nation's progress.

    National flag

    These were just a few facts about the incredible country of India. Here's hoping the details included in the document would've enabled you to know the country better.

    Last Updated: 19th June, 2018

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