Nation First, Always First: The theme of India’s 75th Independence Day celebrations will be ‘Nation First, Always First’.
- This year, India will celebrate its 75th year of Independence at Red Fort from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on August 15, 2021.
- All the Olympians who won medals at the 2020 Tokyo Games have been sent special invites for the event.
- Like 2020, due to the pandemic, the event this year too will be restricted to the public with no cultural performance.
- Usually, the day is observed with parades and pageants showcasing the scenes of independence struggle to the cultural diversity of India.
- A group of NCC cadets will attend the event.
- From paintings to floral arrangements, all aspects of the programme will bear the ‘Nation First, Always First’ theme.
- The Union Ministry of Home Affairs, after the recent drone attacks in Jammu, has asked the Delhi Police to strictly follow the Standard Operating Procedures for drone operations.
- Personnel have also been directed to take down the drones or the aerial objects in case anyone sees one approaching the Red Fort.
- A makeshift wall of containers has also been erected at the periphery of the Red Fort.
- It will rule out any form of security breach owing to the ongoing farmers’ protest.
- Independence Day 2021 will be known as ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’.
- A 241-mile long march will take place from Ahemdabad to Dandi.
- The event started on 12th March to mark the anniversary of Dandi March that Mahatma Gandhi did for salt.
About Independence Day:
- Independence Day is marked as the occasion to celebrate the countless sacrifices and struggles our freedom fighters have made to make India independent from British rule.
- It is observed as a national holiday with a flag hoisting ceremony, parade, and singing the national anthem with patriotic spirit.
- It was on August 15, 1947, that India was freed from British colonialism by gaining independence.
- For a period of almost 200 years, the British ruled India.
- At the Lahore meeting of the Indian National Assembly in 1929, the Purna Swaraj Declaration or “Indian Declaration of Independence” was promulgated, and it was declared Independence Day on January 26, 1930.
- Congress called on the people to guarantee civil disobedience and implement the instructions issued by Congress from time to time until India achieves complete independence.
- Congress designated January 26 as Independence Day from 1930 to 1946.
- The British Parliament had authorized Lord Mountbatten to transfer power before June 30, 1948.
- As per Mountbatten’s inputs, the Indian Independence Bill was introduced in the British House of Commons on July 4, 1947, and passed within a fortnight.
- It provided for the end of the British rule in India, on August 15, 1947, and the establishment of the Dominions of India and Pakistan.
- After gaining actual independence on August 15, 1947, the Indian Constitution came into effect on January 26, 1950. Since then, January 26 has been designated as “Republic Day.”