Independence Day is celebrated on 15th August every year, remembering the nation’s independence from the United Kingdom on 15 August 1947. On this day, the UK Parliament passed the Indian Independence Act 1947 transferring the legislative sovereignty to the Indian Constituent Assembly. BHU Express wishes our readers a very happy independence day.
On the eve of this auspicious day, the President of India addresses the nation. On 15 August, the prime minister hoists the Indian flag on the Red Fort in New Delhi and delivers speech where he highlights the past year’s achievements and raises important issues for further development. He also pays tribute to the leaders of the Indian independence movement who fought for India’s independence.
Independence day is the day when we pay homage to our great freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives to make India independent from the British rule. We thank our great leaders for their courage and wisdom that gave us a free India where we live in. This is the day when we all are united as proud Indians.
The story of India’s freedom struggle is a commendable story of strength, freedom, courage, wisdom and determination. It proves that if we have a dream, then we should work die-hard for it till the end and it will definitely bear fruits. If we have a strong determination, nothing is impossible. The freedom struggle was not easy for anyone and many lost their lives in the quest of a free India.
Independence Day before Independence
The idea for complete independence developed at the 1929 Lahore session of the Indian National Congress, the Purna Swaraj declaration, or “Declaration of the Independence of India” was promulgated. Shri Jawaharlal Nehru hoisted the tricolour flag of India on the banks of river Ravi in Lahore, which later became part of Pakistan. The Declaration of Independence was officially announced on 26 January 1930.
Congress observed 26 January as the Independence Day between 1930 and 1946. But 26 January is now celebrated as Republic Day of India every year.
Independence Day 2020 event
For independence day 2020 celebration, about 4,000 diplomats, officials and media personnel have been invited. The event will be held at the Red Fort and proper precautionary and social distancing measures will be taken according to the COVID-19 protocols. The seating arrangement follows the principle of “Do Gaz ki Doori”. All invitees have been asked to wear masks with an adequate number of masks to be kept handy.
For the ‘At Home’ function at Rashtrapati Bhavan, 26 corona warriors have been invited who will sit in a special enclosure. A total of about 100 guests, including the corona warriors, will attend the programme to be started with a brief speech by President Ram Nath Kovind.
On Saturday, for the auspicious occasion of 74th Independence Day, PM Modi unfurled the national flag at the ramparts of the Red Fort. After this, he addressed the people of the country. The PM in his address mentioned issues like self-sufficient India, agricultural development, the security of the country and dealing with epidemics like Coronavirus.
Issue of Jammu and Kashmir
The PM has also mentioned Jammu and Kashmir in his address. He said that this one year is the year of new journey of development for Jammu and Kashmir. This is a year of rights for women and Dalits in Jammu and Kashmir. It is also a year of life of dignity for refugees in Jammu and Kashmir. The Prime Minister said that delimitation is being done in Jammu and Kashmir, the country is committed to complete this work so that elections are held and the people’s representatives are elected there.
Issue of LoC to LAC
Indian Army took over from LOC to LAC, PM Modi said that from the LOC to the LAC, whoever tried to raise the eyes towards the sovereignty of our country, our soldiers responded in the same manner.
The neighbour is not the only one with whom we share the border
PM Modi said that today the neighbour is not only with whom we share the border but also with whom our heart is connected, where there is harmony in the relationship. I am happy that in the recent past, India has further strengthened its relations with all countries in the ‘extended neighbourhood’.
PM Modi said that 130 crore Indians pledged to be self-sufficient amid the COVID19 epidemic and that India has a ‘self-reliant India’ in its mind. This dream is turning into a pledge. Today has become a ‘mantra’ for 130 crore Indians of India.
India will make this dream come true
On Independence Day, PM Modi said that I am confident that India will make this dream come true. I have confidence in the abilities, confidence and competence of my fellow Indians. Once we decide to do something, we do not rest until we have achieved that goal.
- From the ramparts of the Red Fort, PM Modi said that I agree that there are millions of challenges for a self-reliant India.
- He also mentioned that a few months ago we used to import N-95 masks, PPE kits and ventilators. Today, India is not only meeting its needs, but has also taken steps to help other countries.
- He Said that self-sufficient India not only means to reduce imports, but also to increase our skills, and our creativity.
He also addressed issues of setting up of a committee which will reconsider the minimum age of marriage and other social issues like Women Empowerment.
- Burning issue of testing of vaccine for Coronavirus is in the testing phase and will soon be available in the market after getting approval from scientists.
- Concern for agriculture, security, cleanliness, economy, Building of Ram Mandir, Connectivity of villages through optical fibre, Globalization, etc. was also there in his addressing.