Every year the whole nation of India fathoms the patriotic feeling with the tricolor of saffron, white and dark green on 15 August, which is celebrated as the Independence Day of our country. Here are some interesting facts about India’s Independence day:
Our National Anthem:
Well this might baffle you to an extent but it is true! The Indian National Anthem, drafted by Rabindranath Tagore was to pay homage to King George V! Astonishing, Right?
Nehru wasn’t elected as our first Prime Minister:
Yes it was not Nehru but Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Sardar Patel won the Prime Ministry elections fair and square but since Nehru didn’t want to play second in command to anyone and also that Gandhi had a soft spot for Nehru, Sardar Patel was pulled down.
The Indian Flag Hoisting :
We all are of the notion that Indian flag was first hoisted on Aug 15th 1947. But that isn’t true. Our National flag is said to be first hoisted on August 7, 1906 in Parsee Bagan Square (Green Park) in Calcutta.
The maker of the Indian Flag:
There have been various adaptations of our flag and it is often conceived that Mahatma Gandhi was the one who came up with the design of Indian flag but in reality, it was Pingali Venkavya, a freedom fighter who came up with the idea of our very flag!
Multi-Lingual Freedom Fighters:
The Inspiring Soul of India – Bhagat Singh was highly fluent in many different languages like French, Swedish, English, Arabic, Hindi and Punjabi and not just that, he was a voracious reader as well.
Huge country but only 1 licensed flag production!
Khadi Development and Village Industries Commission is authorized for making the glorious flag of India. The Karnataka Khadi Gramodyog Samyukta Sangha in Dharwad is the only maker of the flag, using cotton instead of the earlier varieties.
Jawaharlal Nehru – Trend Setter:
This one is an absolute stunner! 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.
Missing factor of Independence:
Mahatma Gandhi, the chief architect of the Independence, did not participate in the celebrations. Instead, did a fast for the entire day in Calcutta, witnessing the flames of communal violence in Bengal between the Muslims and Hindus.