India’s biggest win was when it got its independence on August 15, 1947, ending centuries of slavery under British rule. However, the British left behind a fragile and economically dependent India. For the majority of things, it was dependent on other countries. The literacy rate was low and the currency was very weak. The task of rebuilding a new India was not easy. But with its perseverance, India slowly worked its way up. It had many wins but also some falls.
2020 marks the 74th year of India’s independence. Looking back, India has come a long way. World’s largest democracy and home to 1.3 billion people, India is also the world’s fastest-growing and the 5th largest economy overall today. That too, completely self-reliant – be it in agriculture or space and technology. India boasts of one of the largest education systems and produces the highest number of science and engineering graduates in the world. Integrity for India has bound people of different religions and cultures in one common thread and they have celebrated the diversity; something worth appreciating.
First time in history, India saw a virtual celebration on Independence Day. The day did not see the usual large gatherings at the Red Fort this year due to COVID 19 but the feelings of patriotism were alive in the hearts of all Indians even sitting at home. Police and military bands performed for a fortnight starting August 1 across the nation in various cities to mark the celebrations and as a sense of gratitude and appreciation towards corona warriors. The shows and performances by bands were also telecasted on August 15. Preventive measures like maintaining social distancing, wearing masks, proper sanitisation, protecting vulnerable groups, and other measures were followed.
Even in these difficult times of Corona, people across the nation are doing their best to support each other and are united in their fight be it Corona or the neighboring border countries. A special mention goes to the corona warriors who are the true war heroes in our fight for freedom from COVID 19. Stay safe! Jai Hind!
Let’s see how well you know your India!
1. Do you know where the name India comes from?
a) Britishers named it
b) Mahatma Gandhi changed it from Bharat
c) After the Indus Valley civilization
d) Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru changed it
2. What was the name of Independent India between August 15, 1947, to January 26, 1950, when it became the Republic of India?
a) Dominion of Bharat
b) Republic of Bharat
c) Dominion of India
d) State of Dominion of India
3. How many gunshots are fired in the honour of the solemn occasion of Independence Day?
4. Who united the self-governed princely states post-independence?
a) Sardar Vallabhai Patel
b) Bal Gangadhar Tilak
c) Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
d) Rajendra Prasad
5. How many states and union territories does India currently have?
a) 28 states, 6 union territories
b) 29 states, 8 union territories
c) 28 states, 7 union territories
d) 28 states, 8 union territories
6. Who designed the Indian rupee symbol?
a) Reserve Bank of India
b) Udaya Kumar Dharmalingam, a graphic designer
c) Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
d) Sabyasachi Mukherjee, the famous fashion designer
7. Who served as the first Governor- General of Independent India?
a) C. Rajagopalachari
b) Sir Khawaja Nazimuddin
c) Lord Mountbatten
d) Rajendra Prasad
8. Who was the first woman cabinet minister of Independent India?
a) Rajkumari Amrit Kaur
b) Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
c) Sucheta Kriplani
d) Sabitha Indra Reddy
9. Who is the only Indian president to have served two terms?
a) Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
b) Lal Bahadur Shastri
c) Rajendra Prasad
d) Jawaharlal Nehru
10. How long does the Indian National Anthem last officially?
a) 54 seconds
b) 42 seconds
c) 52 seconds
d) 47 seconds