Greetings and a very good morning to everyone present. Today on this auspicious day I am going to speak about the date 15th August. On August 15, 1947, India gained its independence. After a protracted battle, we were freed from the British Raj. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, our nation’s first prime minister, unfurled the national flag at the Red Fort for the first time on this day at the stroke of midnight. It signalled the end of the British Empire’s 200-year rule over India. We currently live in a free and independent country.
India has been under British rule for almost 200 years. Every Indian’s existence during British colonialism was miserable and filled with hardship. Indians had little freedom of speech and were treated like slaves. Indian leaders were merely British commanders’ puppets. Farmers were starving because they couldn’t grow crops and had to pay high land fees, while Indian fighters were treated cruelly in British camps.
The Indian people honour the selfless efforts and unmatched achievements of great men and women who helped India attain its independence on this unique day. Everyone in the nation pays reverent homage to leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhas Chandra Bose, Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad, Sardar Patel, and Gopalbandhu Das. Thank you.