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73th Independence Day Of India, August 15, 2019, With Amazing And Interesting Facts

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Updated on August 13th, 2019

Independence Day is just around the corner and India will soon celebrate its 70th Independence Day on August 15, 2019. We’ve curated  20+ amazing and interesting facts about the nation, that some of those history lessons failed to cover:

1. First Asian Nation And Fourth Country In The World To Reach Mars’ Orbit

First Asian Nation And Fourth Country In The World To Reach Mars’ Orbit Image Source

2. The Third Largest Army To Walk On Earth

The Third Largest Army To Walk On Earth Image Source

3. Second Largest Number Of Internet Users In The World

Second Largest Number Of Internet Users In The World Image Source

4. Fourth Most Feared Air Force In The World

Dress Rehersal for AirForce Day Image Source

5. Second Largest IT Industry In The World

India US Outsourcing Image Source

6. National flag was hoisted first on August 7, 1906 at the Parsee Bagan Square in Calcutta. The flag was composed of horizontal strips of red, yellow and green. The red strip at the top had eight white lotuses embossed on it in a row. The green strip had a white sun on the left and a white crescent and star on the right

National flag August 7, 1906

7. It is said that the first version of the current national flag was made by Pingali Venkayya at Bezwada in 1921. It was made up of two colours-red and green-representing the two major communities. Gandhiji suggested the addition of a white strip to represent the remaining communities of India and the spinning wheel to symbolise progress of the Nation.

India Flag

9. Another Interesting Facts about Indian Independence is that 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.

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9. Records state that, in 1947, if Pakistan hadn’t sent in their tribesmen to attack and conquer Jammu and Kashmir, the state would have eventually gone to Pakistan. Lord Mountbatten has been quoted, saying, “By sending its irregular troops into the state, Pakistan spoiled the whole thing.

attack and conquer Jammu and Kashmir Image Source

10. The name `India’ is derived from the River Indus, the valleys around which were the home of the first inhabitants of India. The Sanskrit name for India is Bharat Ganarajya. That is the reason why it is also called Bharat. The name “India” comes from the Indus River, which is where earliest settlers made their homes.

“India”

11. 15th August also marks the independence of three other nations – South Korea won its independence from Japan on 15th August 1945, Bahrain from UK in 1971 and Republic of the Congo from France in 1960.

South Korea won its independence from Japan on 15th August 1945, Bahrain from UK in 1971 and Republic of the Congo from France in 1960. Image Source

12. After India attained Independence, 560 princely states joined the Indian union. 2 others, Hyderabad and Junagadh, were annexed by the Indian army.

Junagadh

13. India is the world’s largest producer of tea, milk and mangoes and also the second largest producer of wheat and rice, the world’s major food staples.

largest producer of tea, milk and mangoes

14. We see various adoptions of the Indian national flag today. However, very few are aware of the fact that khadi or hand-spun cloth is the only material allowed to be used for the flag, and flying a flag made of any other material is punishable by law with imprisonment up to three years, besides a fine.

We see various adoptions of the Indian national flag today Image Source

15. India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Lal was featured in Vogue magazine. His unique dressing style, single-breasted jacket, became an important fashion trend in the West. Nehru jacket was listed on Time list of ‘global fashion statement.’ Later, Nehru jacket was popularized by the Beatles and worn by such famous people as Johnny Carson and Sammy Davis Jr.

India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Lal was featured in Vogue magazine. Image Source

16. The world’s largest road network is in India-over 1.9 million miles of roads cover the country.

world’s largest road network

17. With around 155,618 post offices and over 566,000 employees, India has the largest postal network in the world.

largest postal network

18. Hindi is not India’s national language as many think or believe; it’s the official language. Article 343 of the Constitution states that Hindi in Devnagari script is the official language of India. But Hindi is the first official language of India and Hindi was declared the Official Language of the Union on September 14, 1949.

Hindi is not India’s national language as many think or believe; it’s the official language

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19. India Railways is the single largest civilian employer in the world, with over a million employees.

India Railways

19. Controversy surrounding Jana Gana Mana claims that Rabindranath Tagore wrote the song ‘Jana Gana Mana’ for the British monarch. He later refuted this claim and said that he wrote the song as requested by his friend and the song pronounced the victory in ‘Jana Gana Mana’ of that Bhagya Vidhata of India and not of King George V.

Jana Gana Mana Image Source

20. The value of “pi” was first calculated by the Indian Mathematician Budhayana, who also explained the Pythagorean Theorem.

The value of “pi” was first calculated by the Indian Mathematician Budhayana Image Source

21. India is one of only three countries that makes supercomputers (the US and Japan are the other two).

India is one of only three countries that makes supercomputers Image Source

22. Navi Mumbai, a planned satellite township of Mumbai, was developed in 1972 and is the largest planned township on the planet.

Navi Mumbai

23. There are 300,000 active mosques in India, more than in any other country, including the Muslim world.

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