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71st Independence Day: 10 Of The Lesser Known Facts About Indian Independence


India, the country known for Lingual- Cultural diversity, as the originator of Chess, Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus, World’s largest Democracy and the country with the largest Road Network! India indeed has a long history to tell about itself ever since independence till date.India is celebrating its 71st Independence day this time around. India gained independence from the British Raj on August 15, 1947, making it an important day in the history.We all have read our freedom fighters’ struggle and sacrifice for freedom. But that are several interesting facts associated with Independence day that we are unaware of.  Here’s a list of a few that may surprise you.


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71st Independence Day: 10 Of The Lesser Known Facts About Indian Independence: 



1.The British East India Company entered India as a trading company in 1600 to trade items such as tea, cotton, and silk. Gradually it went on to become a political ruler in the country.

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2.The official Indian flag was designed by Pingali Venkayya. It initially had a spinning wheel in the middle, later replaced by the “Dharma Chakra,” which represents a wheel of law.

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3.The Independence Day of India is shared with some other countries such as North Korea, South Korea, Republic of Congo and Bahrain. It is also an important day in world history as it is the anniversary of surrender of Japan to Allied Forces.

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4.The border between India and the newly-formed Pakistan was established by the Boundary Commission, a body appointed by Lord Louis Mountbatten, the last viceroy of India. The commission was headed by Sir Cyril Radcliffe, a British lawyer. Pakistan was created to provide a homeland for Muslims, but the partition led to an estimated one million deaths in communal violence after the two nations became independent.


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5.Goa was declared as a Portuguese state after India attained independence in 1947. The state was later annexed to the country on 19th December, 1961 after being invaded by Indian troops.


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6.Hindi is not the national language of India; rather it is the country’s official language, as stated by article 343 of the Indian Constitution.

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7.The Indian National Anthem is ‘Jana Gana Mana’ which is written and composed by Rabindranath Tagore. The Indian National Anthem was actually written to pay homage to King George V.Jana Gana Mana was chosen as the National Anthem instead of Vande Mataram because Jawahar Lal Nehru thought it would be easier for the band to play.

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8.Jawaharlal Nehru, the country’s first Prime Minister after independence was considered as a global style icon and his famous Nehru jacket became an instant hit around the world. It even earned him a place in the Vogue magazine.

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9.Although he is considered one of the greatest freedom fighters in India, Mohandas Karamchand (“Mahatma”) Gandhi has a hidden dark side because of his support of Hitler and racism towards African Americans.According to Robert Payne, Gandhi told the Jews to “commit mass suicide” and by doing so it would arouse the world.Mahatma Gandhi supported Hitler through the communication of letters, which all contained evidence of controversial subjects.

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10.Indian rupee in 1947 was Re 1 = $ 1. Currently, Rs 64.09 = $ 1

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So, we the team of TwilightBox- Infotainment & Entertainment wish everyone of our fellow countrymen a very happy 71st Independence Day. Celebrate this day with silent prayers of thanks to our heroes who made it possible for us to live in a free nation. Happy Independence Day! Jai Hind.


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