As India gears up to celebrate its 69th Independence Day here are some interesting lesser know facts about Independence Day:
1) Before granting Independence it was Lord Mountbatten who pushed for the partition India into India and Pakistan.
2) Indian Muslims were well spread minority in India, initially people were quite united. Gandhi headed many movements and Muslims rallied behind him. Even Jinnah saw him as an Indian politician and never thought about a Muslim political movement. In provisional election Hindu dominated it and Muslims had a genuine fear that their interests will be voted out. However, Gandhi was against the partition, but he did not have his own people to support him.
3) The first version of the current national flag was made by Pingali Venkayya at Bezwada in 1921. It was made by two colours red and green-representing the two major communities. Gandhi ji suggested the addition of a white strip to represent the remaining communities of India and the spinning wheel to symbolise progress of the Nation.
4) Countries like Bahrain, South Korea, North Korea and Republic of the Congo share their Independence day with India.
5) The name ‘INDIA’ comes from the Indus river, the Indus valley is one of the world’s earliest urban civilizations. The Sanskrit name for India is Bharat Ganarajya.
6) ‘Tryst with destiny’ the famous speech by Nehru was the most recollected speech in the country.