Why is independence day important?

by Madhvi Bansal
Independence Day

Independence day in India is celebrated  religiously on 15th August every year. In the midnight of 15th August, 1947, India gained independence from the Britishers who ruled the country for more than 200 years. It was 15th August, 1947 when the reins of control was handed over to the leaders of the free India. The struggle of freedom was not easy. It witnessed the sacrifices of freedom fighters who didn’t hesitated to laid their lives for the country.

Celebrations for Independence with full zeal and enthusiasm

Every year, Independence day is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm by all the proud Indians. It is a national holiday on this day. Ceremony of Indian flag hoisting is done by the state government, schools and offices but the main celebration of Independence day is held at Red Fort, New Delhi. The Prime Minister of India unfurls the Indian National flag and address the nation. The speech mainly includes the present condition of the country along with the achievements accomplished in the previous year and the futuristic plans for the next year. A tribute is given by the Prime Minister to all the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the nation.

Keeping the spirit of Independence alive

Independence day of India is reminds every Indian about the sacrifices made by the freedom fighters because of whom India became a democratic nation. Not only the offices and schools but many presidential societies, clubs and group of friends also celebrate this ‘National Festival’ with a high spirit. This shows the togetherness of Indians. It also let the world to know about the unity in the countrymen who never forget to pay tribute to their ancestors who lost their lives for gaining independence.

The story of India’s step to independence

Lord Mountbatten became the Viceroy of India in February, 1947. He was probably the last viceroy of India. He had been given a mandate by the British Parliament to transfer the powered by 30th June, 1948. However, according to C. Rajagopalachari, if the country would have waited for June, 1948 then there would be no powers to transfer. Hence, Mountbatten advanced the date of Independence to August, 1947. 

At that time, he ensures that there would be no bloodshed or riots and everything will be peaceful. Indian Independence Bill was introduced in the British House of Commons on 4th July, 1947 and passed within a fortnight. It provided the end of British colonialism and India moved towards Independence.