India Independence Day 2020: Nation Celebrates Despite the Covid-19 Restrictions

The Republic of India will celebrate its 73rd Independence Day to commemorate the declaration of Indian independence from Britain on 15 August 1947.

CPSC remembers its Indian brothers and sisters on this very auspicious and important day and joins in its celebrations.

History of India’s Independence Day (from Festive India.com)

Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati started the greatness of the first freedom struggle of 1857 and Mangal Pandey gave his life to Bharat Mata and the spark turned into a Mahasangram, which included: Rani Lakshmibai, Tatya Tope, Nana Saheb of Jhansi, Ramprasad Bismil, Ashfaq, Chandrasekhar Azad, Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev etc. for the country, martyr for ‘Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna’ Have become. Tilak lent his leniency to Swaraj’s and Subhash Chandra Bose said, “Give me blood, I will give you freedom.”

At Midnight on August 15, 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru declared India as an independent country, where he delivered the speech “Trieste Destiny”. During his speech, he said,

“When the world sleeps at the touch of the midnight hour, India will wake up to life and freedom. Today we ended our misfortune, and India again searched for itself.”

After this, the Assembly members vowed to give their services to the country with full integrity. Officially the National Flag was presented to the Assembly. So India became officially an independent country and Nehru and Viceroy Lord Mountbatten, respectively, became Prime Minister and Governor General. Mahatma Gandhi was not involved in this celebration. He stayed in Calcutta and kept a 24-hour fast for promoting peace among Hindus and Muslims. See Details: History of India

Independence Day Celebration: In a First, Military Bands Perform For Fortnight Ahead of August 15 Event

From India.com (5 August 2020). This time, the military bands will not be showcasing their grand performances live on August 15 like other years in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

For the first time ever, bands of the Indian Army, Navy as well as police forces are performing for a fortnight, from August 1 to August 15, across the nation to mark the Independence Day celebrations.

Military bands have already performed at Porbandar, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Raipur, Amritsar, Guwahati, Allahabad and Kolkata so far, officials told PTI. “The performances are intended as gestures of gratitude and appreciation of the nation towards the corona warriors who have been steadfastly fighting to stop the spread of the coronavirus in the country even at the risk of their lives,” the Defence Ministry said in a statement.

This time, the military bands will not be showcasing their grand performances live on August 15 like other years in view of the coronavirus pandemic. The gathering at the Red Fort will also be limited and more emphasis would be on the virtual transmission of the event. According to the Defence Ministry statement, however, the military bands are preparing their shows in advance which is likely to be telecasted on Independence Day.

The military and police bands will perform this Wednesday afternoon at Vishakhapatnam, Nagpur and Gwalior, while on August 7, the bands are scheduled to perform in Srinagar and Kolkata, the statement read.

The tri-services band will be giving three performances in Delhi, one each at Red Fort, Rajpath and the India Gate on August 8, 9 and 12 respectively. “Military and police bands will also perform in Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Shimla and Almora on August 8; in Chennai, Nasirabad, ANC (Andaman & Nicobar Command) Flag Point and Dandi on August 9 and in Imphal, Bhopal and Jhansi on August 12,” the ministry stated.

The final performances in the series will be held on August 13 in Lucknow, Faizabad, Shillong, Madurai and Champaran, it added. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Home Affairs issued an advisory for Independence Day celebrations this year and asked all states and government offices to “web-cast” their events and celebrations instead of conducting social gatherings in view of the pandemic situation.

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Reference:

  • Festive India (2018). 72nd Independence Day. Retrieved from https://festiveindia.org/india-independence-day/
  • India.com News Desk (5 August 2020). In a First, Military Bands Perform For Fortnight Ahead of August 15 Event. Retrieved from: https://www.india.com/news/india/independence-day-2020-in-a-first-military-bands-perform-for-fortnight-ahead-of-august-15-event-4103125/