9 Unknown Facts About Independence Day

9 Unknown Facts About Independence Day

9 Unknown Facts About Independence Day

                                            9 Unknown Facts About Independence Day


India is a spectacular and diverse country which was once the wealthiest in the world. The incredible wealth and prosperity of India attracted invaders from the west. While some countries linked trade ties with India after seeing the enormous amount of wealth it had, other countries had different plans. Countries like Great Britain, Spain and Portugal were driven by greed and wanted to exploit the riches of India.


Their policies of governing the nation was against the people’s morals. They were cruel and created partiality. Millions of Indians died under the foreign rule. Those who raised their voice for Independence were brutally jailed and killed. However, the collective inputs of many patriots gave us Independence on 15th August 1947.


It wasn’t easy to get Independence from Britain. Some facts related to the struggle for Independence are not yet unearthed but some definitely are. Here are some of the very less known facts about Indian Independence that you must know and that would leave you stunned!


1. When India became independent on August 15, 1947 there was no National Anthem. Though the current national anthem Jana Gana Mana was written in 1911, it was not officially recognized as the nation’s anthem till 1950 when constitution was framed.


2. Lord Mountbatten, the last governor-general of India chose August 15th as the Independence date because it coincided with the second anniversary of Japan’s surrender to the Allied Forces in World War II.


3. India shares its independence day with four other nations - North Korea, South Korea, Bahrain and Republic of the Congo.


4. Even after India’s independence in 1947, Goa was a state run by the Portuguese. Only when Indian troops invaded Goa on December 19, 1961 was the state annexed to independent India.


5. A total of 562 princely states were in India during the time of independence. Among them 560 joined independent India when the Iron man of India, Sardar Vallabhai Patel spoke with the rulers of these states. Only two states - Junagadh and Hyderabad did not join. They were later annexed by the Indian military.


6. The numerology predictions during freedom fighter Bhagat Singh’s birth revealed that he would be multi-lingual which came true later. Bhagat Singh was highly fluent in languages like English, French, Arabic and Swedish. This was apart from his efficiency in native languages of Hindi, Punjabi and Multani.


7. According to Mountbatten, Pakistan was supposed to have the state of Jammu and Kashmir. However, as kismat would have it, Pakistan sent troops to regularly attack Jammu and Kashmir which le to the state being given to India, post-independence.


8. There was a controversy surrounding the national anthem of our country, Jana Gana Mana claiming that Rabindranath Tagore wrote it for the British monarch. In connection with this, Tagore refused the claim and said that the song was written as requested by his friend to pronounce the victory in ‘Jana Gana Mana’ of that Bhagya Vidhata of India.


9.  Pandit Jawarharlal Nehru was the only person to have hoisted the national flag on Red Fort for a record 17 times on Indian Independence day and addressed the nation the same number of times.