Sunday, August 14, 2005

Yay to my country's independence

Yay to Indian Independence. A big thank you to my forefathers who lost life and limb to give me the freedom I enjoy today. Had it not been for them we might have still been slaves to the oppressive British.

The Indian Flag flew for the first time with international recognition on Aug 15th 1947. Pakistan ( it was created the moment we gained freedom from the British) celebrates it's independence one day earlier. I guess we're a much bigger country so it took us a while to make sure we were indeed free and that the message got out far and wide.

Very few people outside India know this but, when we gained freedom we became a democracy. On 26th January 1950 we declared ourselves a democratic republic country. That means we did not create our identity based on race or religion. We became what America is - a country with borders but no restrictions on the race or religion of people inside. Strangely enough though, there continued to be small kingdoms inside India even AFTER we became a democratic republic. There were still Maharajahs who ruled over areas and had their own armies. Slowly one by one, they secceeded their kingdoms and became a part of India but that took a good ten or eleven years. We also had to drive the Dutch out of a part of India that they ruled. This is a little known battle in history. The Dutch owned a small state "Goa" in Western India and the Indian Army had to fight them and defeat them in order to acquire Goa.

Another less known thing - Kashmir. Everyone hears on CNN that India and Pakistan are fighting over the disputed terrority of Kashmir. Do you know why it's disputed? I'm going to see if someone cares to reply to this blog about how and why Kashmir became a disputed territory to begin with.


Blogger Archana said...

Happy 15th of August!
I'm tempted to write about the Kashmir issue....but I'll keep my hands off the keyboard.

5:35 AM  
Anonymous Sajid said...

Happy Independence Day!!

Its really nice to see everyone enjoying their freedom.

Just read about Isreal moving out of Gaza strip after 38 years. Vow ... that's a long time. I am sure that this will bring out peace in the middle east too. Good job Sharon.

11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Swatantrata Diwas Mubarak!
(happy indep. Day)
I am really proud of what our country and people have accomplished.


4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll start a trivia round here, if I may - After India achieved her independance, the Union Jack flew once more at the Red Fort in Delhi - why?
Happy Independance Day!

12:37 AM  

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