On August 15, 1947, we celebrate Independence Day in India. After long, glorious years of struggle and countless sacrifices, the joy and the pride of attaining freedom can only be imagined by the present generation.
As Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, unfurled the tri-coloured Indian flag on the ramparts of the Red Fort in Delhi in 1947, he gave his famous ‘Tryst of Destiny’ speech: “At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. It is fitting that at this solemn moment, we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity? But it was not the first time India was celebrating its Independence Day.Nationalists were observing January 26 as the Independence Day ever since Indian National Congress gave the call of Purna Swarajya in 1929, at its Lahore session.