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These 7 Facts About ’15th Aug 1947′ Are As Rich As India’s History

Do you know Why Pakistan Was Born Before? Why this date ’15th Aug’ ? Where were Gandhiji on 15th AUG ? Go through this article to find the answers.

7.Colonial Hangover

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Lord Mountbatten

Lord Mountbatten had ceased to be Viceroy of India. The Indian Constituent Assembly treated his arrival to that of a king. The Indian’s were still to get over from the colonial hangover. He was given the seat of honour, the President having vacated his seat in favour of the distinguished visitor.

6.Why Pakistan Was Born Before

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Lord Mountbatten With Mahatma Gandhi

Lord Mountbatten as the last Viceroy of undivided British India has to attend both the ceremonies in Karachi and New Delhi.

To avoid a clash between the two Pakistan’s independence day was celebrated on 14th August and thus every year Pakistan’s independence preceded that of India’s.

5.Why 15th August?

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Lord Mountbatten the last Viceroy and first Governor General of India wanted to show that he was in command. He chose the date August 15th as it was the second anniversary of Japan’s surrender to the Allied Forces.

4. India Share It With 

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A rare pic depicting India Pakistan separation.

India is not the only one who celebrate Independence day on 15th Aug. India shares it with three other countries. South Korea won it’s Independence from Japan on 15th Aug 1945, Bahrain from UK in 1971, and Republic of the Congo from France in 1960.

3.Tryst With Destiny

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Pandit Nehru Delivering speech “Tryst with Destiny”

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru gave his famous speech titled “Tryst with Destiny” towards midnight on 14th August 1947 to the Indian Constituent Assembly. He wasn’t technically the Prime Minister as it wasn’t yet 15th August.

2. No National Anthem on 15 August 1947 Indian Independence Day

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When India became independent on August 15, 1947 there was no National Anthem. Even though the Bengali invocation of Jana Gana Mana was written in 1911, it was not considered as national anthem till 1950.

1.Missing Personindependence day

The greatest irony of the 15th August 1947 celebration was the fact that Mahatma Gandhi, one of the greatest architects of the Independence moment, did not participate in the celebrations. He kept fast for the entire day and was busy dousing the flames of communal violence in Bengal between the Muslims and Hindus.

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