Years ago, we had our tryst with destiny and now the time has come for us to revive our pledge. Our first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s words “At the midnight hours, when the world sleeps, India will wake up to life and freedom”, continue to fill our hearts with a great sense of pride. Now, we have a history of the grandeur of India’s freedom struggle.
India is ready to celebrate its 72nd Independence Day with great pomp and show, in all its glory. Every Indian heart is filled with the spirit of patriotism and unity. It is the time to celebrate freedom fighters, who made this country and its citizens breathe freely from the dominant British rule.
The Indian freedom struggle was a mass movement of it’s integrated, diverse class of society which was subject to constant ideological change. Indians pledged to free themselves from the plateau of the British Raj, left them with no choice but to leave India. But was it as easy as it s? The answer is no. The British Parliament was handed over to Lord Mountbatten on 30 June 1948, with an order to hand over the power to India. Given the impatience amongst Indians, Mountbatten realised that waiting till the specified date for the transfer of power will be a risk and the transfer took place earlier in August 1947 instead.
Celebrating this big day is essential to keep our minds and spirits saturated with feelings of self-respect and patriotism. We must not forget to appreciate the brave freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives during the freedom struggle to make India an independent country.
The British Independence Act, was passed on 18 July 1947, in the British House of Commons. On August 15, 1947, the Indian became an independent country, which marked this day as an important one in Indian history. However, the British did not accept their defeat and leave the power easily. They were inhuman enough to divide the country and leave it in chaos created by bloodshed and riots. Mountbatten justified this by saying, “Wherever the colonial rule has ended, there is bloodshed. It is the price you pay.”
For the celebration of the 72nd Independence Day, the rehearsals were in complete swing on August 13, at the historic Red Fort in New Delhi. School children were seen practicing, dressed in tricolor for the ceremony. The Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force team also participated in the dress Rehearsal and practiced their march.
Every year, Independence Day is celebrated with great joy at the Red Fort in New Delhi. The Indian Prime Minister gives a remarkable speech on this auspicious occasion, addressing the nation and its citizens. People from all over India participate in the event. Celebrating Independence Day is just confined to the national capital, but is celebrated in other Indian cities similarly.
Delhi Police has included an All-women Special Weapons and Strategy (SWAT) team to deal with potential terrorist threats. Women’s Commandos will be deployed in the premises of the Women’s Gate and the Red Fort during the celebration of Independence Day.The National Cadet Corps (NCC) team, also did a full dress rehearsal at the Motilal Nehru Police Stadium in Bhopal.
The personnel of the Women’s Commando Force (WCF), also participated in the rehearsal in St. George’s Fort on August 13. Strict security measures were adopted during the dress rehearsal at Red Fort. A bomb disposal squad was present in the Red Fort to take care of security. For security reasons, no parking facilities will be available on the premises of Metro stations on August 15.
This year, India has successfully become the sixth largest economy in the world which has led to social and economic development in the country. One good news is for the beneficiaries of the Jan Dhan Yojana, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to announce a new welfare schemes of free contingency insurance of One Lac rupees.Reports show that Narendra Modi can make an announcement regarding the increase in the amount of Atal Pension Scheme from ₹5000 to ₹1o,ooo per month.
The Uttar Pradesh government has imposed a full ban on the manufacture and use of plastic and thermocol items from July 15 this year. It has promised to prohibit the use of plastic in all its forms since Independence Day. This government’s efforts are indeed laudable because protecting the environment and preserving natural resources is a priority for them.