India is marking 75 years since independence.
India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru said: “At midnight, “when the world sleeps, India will awaken to life and freedom”.
The historic speech just before midnight on August 15, 1947 made the hopes of millions come true with India, a free, independent nation and a history of British colonialism in the past.
Seventy-five years on, India has changed a lot and its story is told through turmoil, difficult obstacles, spiritual triumphs and terrible tragedies.
The birth of the nation was not an easy one, with bloodshed claiming the lives of as many as the former jewel in the crown of the British Empire divided into predominantly Hindu India. and mostly Muslim Pakistan.
The assassination of Mahatma Gandhi was another difficult moment for the fledgling nation, but India continued with its plans to become the world’s largest democracy.
The Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama, sought refuge in India after a failed uprising and the 1960s were marked by conflicts with China and Pakistan.
Bangladesh’s struggle for independence from Pakistan has won support from India in a conflict that has increased tensions between the neighbours.
A glorious moment of unification came for India in 1983, when a team led by Kapil Dev won the World Cup at Lord in 1983 with a surprise victory over the mighty West Indies.
Few could believe that for decades, India would become the dominant financial force in the sport it helped transform.
But there are other tragedies ahead, including the bloody campaign against Sikh fighters in Amritsar and the chemical disaster at Bhopal that left some 15,000 people dead.
After the deaths of Mahatma and Indira, another Gandhi, Rajiv, was killed by a Sri Lankan suicide bomber while the Kashmir conflict remained bitterly unresolved with Pakistan, like its neighbour, having arms. Nuclear.
In 2000, India’s population passed the one billion mark and would naturally replace China as the most populous country in the world, although the 2004 tsunami was another disaster that severely damaged India. Degree.
But the largely Indian-inspired reinvention of world cricket and the impact of Bollywood has ensured India marks its anniversary with a strong cultural presence on the world stage.
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