Freedom at Midnight
August 15th is a red letter da in the annals of Indian history, because it was on this day in the year 1947 that people in India woke up to freedom after nearly two centuries. It was a moment that millions had been waiting for; a day in the pursuit of which thousands of lives had been sacrificed. India embarked on a new era after it was released from the yoke of British rule and therefore, every year, this day is celebrated as India’s Independence Day.
As the British Raj took hold of the entire country, discontent and disillusionment with their rule developed in the Indians. Political awareness, strong leadership and anti-British ideologies led to several movements against the British. Prominent freedom fighters like Gandhi, Nehru , Bhagat Singh, Tilak and others were at the forefront of the freedom struggle.
By the year 1946, England had been under intense pressure by the rebellion of the Indians against its rule. Discerning that it was advisable to transfer power to the Indians, the British announced the same in early 1947. Thus, at midnight, as the 15th of August dawned, Jawaharlal Nehru proclaimed the independence of India with his famous words, ‘At the stroke of the midnight hour, India will awake to life and freedom’.
Independence Day is celebrated throughout India with enthusiasm and gratitude. The Prime Minister hoists the National flag at Red Fort, New Delhi. Later, he addresses the nation which is telecast live. In his speech, he outlines the developments in the nation in the previous year and also pays tribute to the freedom fighters. Throughout India, in schools, government offices and various organizations, the National flag is hoisted.
August 15th holds a special significance for every Indian. We should remember our duty to take our country forward and fulfill the visions and dreams of our forefathers who struggled for their motherland. That will be the legacy of our independence.