India became independent at the stroke of midnight on 15th August 1947. It was freedom won by the sacrifices of more than a million Indians. Hundreds and thousands of patriots contributed and gave up
Here are some interesting facts about the Indian Freedom Struggle:
20 Interesting Facts About Indian Freedom Struggle
1. The Paik rebellion of 1804
Long before the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, the first full-scale struggle for independence took place in Khardah, Orissa, when the British took way the rights of the King of Khardah on the famous Jagannath temple at Puri.
2. Genesis of the Indian National Congress in 1885
The originator of the idea of the Indian National Congress was Allan Octavian Hume, a retired British diplomat in India.
3. Overseas organisations to fight for independence
The Ghadar Party was a multi-ethnic party founded in the USA to fight for the cause of Indian independence.
4. Khudiram Bose of Bengal
One of the youngest freedom fighters, he was executed at the age of 18 years and 7 months.
5. Newspapers championed the cause of independence
After the partition of Bengal in 1905, several dailies challenging the British were started, like ‘Jugantar” and “Sandhya”.
6. The Kolkata connect
Allan Octavian Hume penned his famous letter representing Indian interests was actually directed at the graduates of the University of Calcutta. It led to the creation of the INC.
7. The first meeting of the INC
The first meeting was scheduled to take place at Pune. However, a cholera outbreak shifted it to erstwhile Bombay.
8. The INC was actually sanctioned by the British government
INC was a legal body and was sanctioned by the erstwhile Viceroy Lord Dufferin.
9. 72 delegates
Each of the 72 provinces were represented by delegates during the first meeting of the INC.
10. A meek start
The INC was not a revolutionary party at first. Its aim was social reform and to wrest certain concessions from the British rule.
11. Mahatma Gandhi’s entry
Gandhi Ji entered into the cause of Indian independence politics after 1915.
12. The first Indian government
A provisional Government of India was formed on 1 December, 1915 in Afghanistan, for the first time, with Mahendra Pratap as President and Maulana Barkatullah as the Prime Minister.
13. Rampa rebellion 1922
The tribal population under the leadership of Alluri Sitaraman Raju roe up against British rule in Madras Presidency.
14. Bhagat Singh’s call for Purna Swaraj – 19th December 1929
Responding to Bhagat Singh’s call for Purna Swaraj, the INC declared Indian independence from British rule on 19th December 1929 and hoisted the National Flag in Lahore.
15. The U-turn of Jinnah
Jinnah was a member of the INC at the beginning, and wanted Indian independence, before campaigning for an independent and separate Muslim country.
16. Creation of Azad Hind Fauj
Netaji set up the first Indian national army, comprising of 50,000 Indian prisoners of war in Myanmar.
17. The audacity of Netaji
Netaji went to Burma from Germany in a submarine, to recruit soldiers for the Indian army.
18. Gandhi buri
Gandhi buri affectionately refers to Matangini Hazra, a 72-year-old revolutionary from Bengal, who was shot dead while chanting ‘Vande Mataram’ during the Quit India Movement.
19. Declaration of 1945
Immediately after the end of World War 2 in 1945, the British announced their impending departure from, and subsequent freedom of India.
20. A bloody end
Indian independence came at a heavy price, with the creation of two countries, modern-day India and Pakistan, which led to the displacement of 15 million people and the death of more than a million.
These were some of the most interesting facts about Indians freedom struggle.
These were some of the most interesting facts about Indian freedom struggle that not only Indians but everyone should know about.
People from every creed of society came together and stood up for our country, and ultimately wrested freedom from The Crown, after nearly 200 years of colonialism.
This tells us how freedom is not easy to acquire and how we all should cherish it and commit to maintain this freedom with utmost dignity.
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