Interesting Facts About Indian Independence Day Amazing Facts about Independence Day

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Sep. 25, 2013

Ever wonder why we celebrate our independence day on 15 August?
Lord Mountbatten the last viceroy and the first governor general of India chose the day, since August 15 also commemorated the second anniversary of Japan's surrender to the Allied Forces.

Did you know that India celebrates its independence day with south Korea, Bahrain and the republic of Congo?

Do you know why Pakistan celebrates their independence day on 14th August and India celebrates it on 15th August?
Once again lord Mountbatten is to blame for this. In the capacity of the Last Viceroy of British India,
Mountbatten was forced to attend both the independence day functions in both countries. To avoid inconvenience,
Mountbatten shifted Pak Independence Day to Aug 14, making it one day ahead to India's.

Ever wondered what the father of our nation, Mahatma Gandhi was doing on the day of Indian independence?
Mahatma Gandhi had no time to celebrate, Gandhiji was away from all the celebrations and was fasting and negotiating with communal leaders after a Hindu-Muslim flare-up in Bengal.

Did you know that the great civil disobedience movement was inspired by an american book?
Gandhi got his inspiration from famous American philosopher David Thoreau who wrote a book that declared that no one ought to pay taxes. Gandhiji so inspired by the book that he used the same tactic in the struggle for Independence. He employed the method in the boycott of foreign goods and abolish tax on salt and led his
followers to make salt themselves.

Did you know that the first tri color to be raised on foreign soil was in Germany?
Bhikhaji Rustom Cama is the first person to raise the tri-colour in Germany on 22nd of August 1907.
But this flag was a different version than the original one. This flag consisted of three colors- the topmost being green followed by golden saffron in the middle and the red color at the bottom.
It had 'Vande Mataram' inscribed on it.

Did you know that USA has been enjoying its independence since the last 225 years while India has been a free bird only since the last 64 years.

Did you know that the India -- Pakistan border was drawn by a London lawyer, Sir Cyril Radcliffe.

Did you know the India -- Pakistan partition created inter-communal violence, which cost more than 1,000,000 lives. Around 3.5 million Hindus and Sikhs shifted from Pakistan to India and about 5 million Muslims migrated from India to Pakistan.

Did you know that the important freedom struggle milestones are/were -

The Revolution of 1857
The Civil Disobedience Movement 1929
The Dandi March 1930
The Quit India Movement 1942

Have a proud independence day!!