Independence Day – the cost paid for freedom

We all know what we have achieved and how but what we don’t know is the cost that Indians paid to celebrate what we now call the Independence Day:

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Independence Day is an emotion for every country that was ever colonialized. We Indians have struggled a lot, and after ages of being a slave of the British, it was on August 15, 1947, that achieved what we truly deserved.

The day when we stood with our head up in front of the world and took a vow never to look back, Yes, Independence Day does hold a huge significance in the lives of us Indians.

We all know what we have achieved and how but what we don’t know is the cost that Indians paid to celebrate what we now call the Independence Day:

Divided the nation:

The Partition of India in 1947 was the division of British India into two independent dominion states, the Union of India and the Dominion of Pakistan, by an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

The Union of India is today the Republic of India; the Dominion of Pakistan is today the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

Gave Birth to differentiation based on religionism:

Before British India divided us, we were a country rich with people irrespective of caste, and now we were divided based on the Hindu – Muslims. The partition displaced between 10–12 million people along religious lines, creating overwhelming refugee crises in the newly constituted dominions.

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The root of Violence was sown:

There was large-scale Violence, with estimates of a loss of life accompanying or preceding the partition disputed and varying between several hundred thousand and two million.

The violent nature of the partition created an atmosphere of hostility and suspicion between India and Pakistan that plagues their relationship to the present.

Violence against Women rose:

During the partition, many women were abducted and raped during the riots. The claims were made by both the government stating that they had recovered around 9,032 Hindu and Sikh women from Pakistan and 20,728 Muslim women from India by 1954,

However, fearing the non-acceptance of their family members and societies, these women never came back to their country.

This year, we will be celebrating Independence Day on Saturday, August 15, 2020. The day is an official holiday in the country and sees processions all across, especially in New Delhi at the Red Fort.

Apart from that, the Prime Minister also addresses the nation on this day that is of great significance for every Indian. Independence Day and Republic Day are two occasions that are like a national celebration in the country and hold importance.

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