NEW DELHI: On the midnight of 15 August 1947, India became an independent Nation. This year India will celebrate it's 71st independence day. To achieve Independence for the Nation, several known and unknown men and women laid down their lives.
25 Golden moments of Indian sports :
1)1948: Independent India’s first Olympic gold medal
2) 1951: India hosts inaugural Asian Games
3)1952: KD Jadhav wins India’s first individual Olympic medal
4) 1952: India wins fifth Olympic gold in hockey
5) 1952: Gool Nasikwala’s gold medals in Asian Table Tennis
6) 1952: India wins first Test series in cricket
7)1956: Another Olympic, another hockey gold
8) 1956: Indian football comes in touching distance of an Olympic medal
9) 1958: Billiards produces India’s first world champion
10) 1958: India’s first wrestling gold in Commonwealth Games
11) 1958: An Indian crosses the English channel for the first time
12) 1960: A Wimbledon semi-final for an Indian
13) 1960: Milkha misses his date with history
14) 1961-62: India’s first Test series win over England
15) 1962: Indian football’s second Asiad Gold
16) 1962: India’s first ever Boxing gold in Asian Games
17) 1964: Golden return for Indian hockey
18) 1965: Indians conquer Mount Everest
19) 1966: Hawa Singh wins first of two Asian Games gold medals
20) 1967: India’s first overseas Test series win in cricket
21) 1971: Indian cricketers conquer the Caribbean
22) 1971: Cricketers conquer England too
23) 1975: India wins hockey World Cup
24) 1980: India wins its last Olympic hockey gold
25) 1980: Padukone conquers All England
On this independence day we bring to you five speeches by freedom fighters which a student must listen to or read once to understand the freedom struggle.
1. Tryst with Destiny by Jawaharlal Nehru :
The 'Tryst with Destiny' speech was delivered by Nehru on the evening of India's Independence, towards midnight on 14 August 1947 and it remains etched in the memories of Indians.
2. Swaraj is my Birthright by Bal Gangadhar Tilak :
Bal Gangadhar Tilak delivered this speech in Nashik in 1917 after he came out of prison after six years. The slogan 'Swaraj is my birthright' became very important in the ongoing national struggle for self-government and eventually complete independence.
3. Quit India Speech by Mahatma Gandhi :
The 'Quit India' speech was delivered by Mahatma Gandhi on August 8, 1942 in Bombay. The Gowalia Tank Maidan where Mahatma Gandhi delivered his speech has since then been renamed as August Kranti Maidan.
4. 'Give me blood and I will give you freedom by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose :
This is perhaps the most famous speeches given by Netaji Subhahs Chandra Bose. He delivered this speech in Burma in 1944 to the members of Indian National Army.
5. Dandi March Speech by Mahatma Gandhi :
Delivered on the eve of the historic Dandi March, in this speech Mahatma Gandhi outlined the importance of boycotting British import and refusal to pay taxes to British government.