Independence Day 2018: 7 lesser-known facts about Indian independence

Written by Newsroom Staff August 15, 2018 02:07

New Delhi: “Long years ago, we made a tryst with destiny and now that time comes when we shall redeem our pledge …at the stroke of today’s midnight hour when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. “-Jawaharlal Nehru

India, World’s Largest Democracy and the country with the largest Road Network have a long history to tell about itself ever since independence till date. As India celebrates its 72nd Independence Day, here are some lesser known facts about the country.

7 lesser-known facts about The Indian Independence!

Our National Anthem:

‘Tagore wrote a song, not for George V, but a song devoted to the “dispenser of human destiny — Bharat bhagya vidhata” — God.’

Nehru wasn’t elected as our first Prime Minister:

You will be shocked to know that it was Sardar Patel who won the Prime Ministry elections fair and square but since Nehru didn’t want to play second in command to anyone so Sardar Patel was pulled down.

Indian Flag Hoisting:

Our National flag was first hoisted on August 7, 1906 in Parsee Bagan Square (Green Park) in Calcutta.

The maker of the Indian Flag:

It was Pingali Venkavya, a freedom fighter who came up with the idea of our very flag!

Multi-Lingual Freedom Fighters:

Bhagat Singh was one of the most highly fluent in many different languages like French, Swedish, English, Arabic, Hindi and Punjabi.

Jawaharlal Nehru pictured in Vouge magazine

India’s first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru was pictured in Vogue Magazine wearing his traditional coat and so his single-breasted jacket became a Fashion trend in the West.

The name ‘India’

The name India comes from the River Indus which was the home of the Indus Valley Civilization and is considered to be one of the first civilizations. On the other hand, our country’s name in Sanskrit is Bhartiya Ganarjya.

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