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75th Independence Day

Punjabi University Guru Kashi Campus, Damdama Sahib, Talwandi Sabo (PB) salutes the brave martyrs who laid down their lives in the line of duty for serving the nation. Proud to be an Indian.

Independence Day
Salute to the National Flag

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PUGKC NCC Cadets participating in Independence Day Parade

On August 15, 2022, India commemorate its 75th year of Independence. The Prime Minister of India unfurl the Tricolour from the Red Fort in Old Delhi like every year. On this day, Indians pay tribute to all the prominent leaders of India who have heroically fought for the country's freedom in the past.
The sacrifices of our brave Indian freedom fighters are remembered on Independence Day. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first Prime Minister, unfurled the tricolour national flag at Red Fort and Lahori Gate in Delhi when the country became Independent. From that day, India celebrates Independence Day on this day. After being hoisted, the Tricolour receive a 'Rashtriya Salute'. The Navy Band play the National Anthem during the hoisting of the National Flag and the 'Rashritya Salute'.

History of Independence

1. The first struggle for independence was in 1857, very famously called the Sepoy Mutiny or the Indian Rebellion of 1857 was led by Mangal Pandey. Rani Laxmi Bai of Jhansi, Bahadur Shah Zafar, Tatya Tope, and Nana Sahib were the others who led the resistance against British soldiers in 1857.
2. Then came the Swadeshi Movement in the 1900s. Bal Gangadhar Tilak and JRD Tata founded the Bombay Swadeshi Co-op Stores Co. Ltd. to promote Swadeshi goods and boycotted foreign goods. Mahatma Gandhi described it as the soul of swaraj (self-rule).
3. The Indian national flag with three horizontal stripes of red, yellow, and green was hoisted on August 7, 1906, at Parsee Bagan Square in Kolkata. The first variant of our current national flag was designed by Pingali Venkayya in 1921. The current flag with saffron, white and green stripes with the 24-spoke Ashok Chakra was officially adopted on July 22, 1947, and hoisted on August 15, 1947.
4. The Quit India Movement, also known as the August Movement, was a movement launched at the Bombay session of the All India Congress Committee by Mahatma Gandhi on August 8 1942, during World War II, demanding an end to British rule in India.
5. India did not have an official national anthem at the time of Independence. The song ‘Bharoto Bhagyo Bidhata’, composed in 1911 by Rabindranath Tagore, was renamed ‘Jan Gan Man’. It was adopted by the Constituent Assembly of India as the National Anthem on January 24, 1950.
6. The boundary line between India and Pakistan, also known as the Radcliffe Line was demarcated by British barrister Sir Cyril Radcliffe on August 3, 1947. It was officially published only on August 17, 1947, two days after India got its independence from the British.
7. The name India was derived from the river Indus. It bears testimony to the great Indus Valley Civilization that flourished between the river’s tributaries.
8. India got Independence at the ‘stroke’ of midnight on August 15, 1947. Korea, Congo, Bahrain and Liechtenstein also share their Independence Day with India on this day.
9. India’s national song ‘Vande Mataram’ composed by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee was part of his novel ‘Anandamath’ written in the 1880s. Vande Mataram was adopted as the national song on January 24, 1950.

Jawahar Lal Nehru
Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru with Tricolor

10. India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru unfurled the tricolour at the Red Fort at midnight on August 15. In his famous Independence Day speech, he said, “Long years ago, we made a tryst with destiny and now that time comes when we shall redeem our pledge. At the stroke of today’s midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.”

Goal behind celebrating Independence Day

Our main goal in celebrating Independence Day is to educate our young generation about the pride and courage of our great freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for our country's freedom. It's the day we put aside our cultural differences and come together as true Indians. Youth awareness is necessary because the nation's future rests on the youngsters and their power to influence the country. As a result, our responsibility is to serve the country and make every effort to improve society. Independence day is marked by a strong sense of patriotism and nationalism across the country. The day also reflects our pride and solidarity in the country's diversity. India, a land of people of all religions living together in a diversified society with a rich culture and heritage, celebrates this significant occasion with tremendous joy. We are elated, and it motivates us to defend our motherland against any attack on the country's dignity and sovereignty.

Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Lala Lajpat Rai, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Dr Rajendra Prasad, Moulana Abdul Kalam Azad, Sukhdev, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Chandra Shekhar Azad, and others are among the prominent freedom fighters without whom our dream of Independence would not have been possible. Our country is free today of British rule because of their sacrifice and hard effort. August 15 is the day when the country's citizens honour our freedom fighters.

Special this year

For the 75th independence day, Har Ghar Tiranga Movement will be launched. Everyone has to hoist Tiranga on their homes from 13-15 August. This campaign aims to celebrate 75 glorious years of Independence of India and showcase patriotism. From now on, the Tiranga can be hoisted day and night. On August 15, various events are organized at different locations connected with Freedom Struggle to portray the patriotic feeling and honouring the freedom fighters of our country. The youth of our country can bring change to the nation as it is rightly said that the future depends on the young generation. So we must serve the nation and make every possible effort to improve our country. One of the main motives for the celebration of Independence Day is to make our youth aware of freedom fighters and the importance of Independence.

Freedom Fighters
Salute to the martyrs

Famous Quotes

"Inqalab Zindabad"- Shaheed Bhagat Singh
"Patriotism is religion and religion is love for India" - Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
"India's Soul live in villages" - Mahatama Gandhi
"Swaraj mera janam sidh adhikar hai, aur mai ise lekar rahunga" - Bal Gangadhar Tilak
"Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamare dil me hai, dekhna hai zor kitna baazu-e-qaatil mein hai" - Ramprasad Bismil
"Khoon se khelenge Holi gar Vatan mushkil main hai" - Ashfaqullah Khan

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