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Real Reason Behind Choosing 15 August As The Day Of Independence

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| August 15 , 2017 , 13:47 IST

August 15, 1947, the day India achieved independence from British rule after more than 200 years of struggle. Freedom fighters and soldiers who sacrificed their lives for getting India freed are remembered on this day.

Not many are aware that initially 26 January was chosen as the date of Independence. Reason being that Congress President, Pt, Jawaharlal Nehru gave a call for 'Poorna Swaraj' (total independence) from colonial rule on the same date in 1929.

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How August 15 became India's Independence Day? The sole reason behind it was India's last British Viceroy, Lord Mountbatten's pride. Although the British parliament released a mandate to transfer power by June 1948, Lord Mountbatten advanced the date claiming that he was saving everybody from more bloodshed.

The date of Independence was chosen by Mountbatten himself. When he was later asked the reason for his choice, he replied, “The date I chose came out of the blue. I chose it in reply to a question. I was determined to show I was master of the whole event. When they asked had we set a date, I knew it had to be soon. I hadn’t worked it out exactly then — I thought it had to be about August or September and I then went out to the 15th August. Why? Because it was the second anniversary of Japan’s surrender.”

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On August 15, 1945 Japan surrendered after being attacked with two nuclear bombs. Mountbatten at that time had accepted the Japanese surrender himself in Singapore due to being the had accepted the Japanese surrender himself in Singapore. The date certainly had a personal appeal for him.

Later, to keep the relevance of 26 January alive, the date was chosen to celebrate Republic Day instead. The day India formally became a sovereign country and was no longer a British Dominion.

Coincidentally, South Korea also celebrates their Independence Day on the same date as India.