India is celebrating its 75th Independence Day this year. August 15 marks India’s independence from the British Raj. On 15 August 1947, the first Prime Minister of independent India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru hoisted the national flag at the Lahori Gate of Red Fort in New Delhi.
“Long years ago, we made a tryst with destiny; and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom,” Nehru said in his historic speech to the Constituent Assembly close to the midnight hour on 14 August 1947.
Every year, the day is celebrated every year with cultural programmes, flag-hoisting ceremonies and other competitions, across the country.
Independence Day theme 2021
This year, the theme of the Independence Day celebrations is ‘Nation First, Always First’. From flowers to paintings, all the arrangements being done for the Independence Day 2021 celebrations will carry the theme ‘Nation First, Always First’.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will continue the tradition of addressing the nation from the Red Fort. This year, the athletes who won medals at Tokyo Olympics 2020 will get special invites for the event. However, the celebrations will be restricted to the public like last year, in view of the coronavirus pandemic.
The theme of Independence Day 2020 was ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ or self-reliant India and in 2019, the Independence Day theme was ‘Support our Troops, Salute our Troops’.
Happy Independence Day!