1. Indian Independence day was chosen deliberately to fall on 15th AugustYeah, don’t clean your glasses you read that right. Just when I thought only people from my family are mad about doing things at the right moment, on a particular date, I accidentally read this. Can you guess who chose the date? Don’t make efforts; in this case, it was none other than Lord Mountbatten (the last governor-general of India). He deliberately chose 15th August as the date for Indian Independence day. His reason for this was that 15th August marks the second anniversary of Japan’s surrender to the allied forces (called as United Nations after the declaration made on 1st January 1942) at the time of devastating World War II.
Look at the good side; we are celebrating the day of our freedom with these beautiful countries.
(The perfect moment for Facebook addicts who are obsessed with tagging others with no reason, their next post after reading this article: “Celebrating Independence Day” -with North Korea, South Korea, and two others…. :p)
2. We sang NO National Anthem on our Independence DayAgain, your eyes are doing fine dear, you read it right, again! The National Anthem that we respect so much that the Indian government made it compulsory to be included even in theatres before any movie, was not sung on our first independence day. The Bengali invocation of Jana Gana Mana was written in 1911, though “Jana Gana Mana….” was first sung Calcutta at the session of the Indian National Congress, on 27 December 1911. But unfortunately, it was adopted as Indian National Anthem on 24th January, 1950.
But no grievance at all for what we missed, the happiness to have what we achieved thanks to our freedom fighters is more compelling.