The Independence Day of India, which is celebrated religiously throughout the Country on the 15th of August every year, holds tremendous ground in the list of national days, since it reminds every Indian about the dawn of a new beginning, the beginning of an era of deliverance from the clutches of British colonialism of more than 200 years. It was on the fateful morning of 15th August 1947 that India was declared independent from British colonialism, and the reins of control were handed over to the leaders of the Country. India’s gaining of independence was a tryst with destiny, as the struggle for freedom was a long and tiresome one, witnessing the sacrifices of many freedom fighters, who laid down their lives on the line. View the webcast of Independence Day celebrations (External website that opens in a new window).
India became a Republic when the Constitution of the Country came into force on 26th January 1950, thereby defining it as a Sovereign Socialist Democratic Republic with a Parliamentary form of Government, through the Preamble. The Indian Constitution, which was adopted by the Constituent Assembly after considerable discussions represented the framework of the Government of the Country. Henceforth, 26th January has been recognized and celebrated as India’s Republic Day with great ardour , and is decreed a national holiday. The event is a constant reminder of the selfless deeds of all martyrs of the Country, who laid down their lives in the freedom struggle and various succeeding wars against foreign aggression. View the webcast of Republic Day celebrations (External website that opens in a new window).
The 2nd of October is dedicated to Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi when the whole Nation celebrates Bapu's birthday. This day serves to remind all Indians of the sacrifices this apostle of peace gave, to bestow upon the country the gift of Independence. His ideas of Non-Violent Resistance to the British colonial rule has never failed to inspire later generations to live a life of brotherhood in a peace loving Country. He worked extensively for the social upliftment of the untouchables, who he called “Harijans”, and was the leader of the “Quit India Movement,” which served as a final signal of discontent to the British dominion in India.
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