As India celebrates its 73rd Independence Day, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, on Thursday, wished the nation and assured its safety in the hands of the Army.
"I wish all citizens a 'Happy Independence Day' today. I wish to assure citizens that the nation is completely safe in the hands of Army and paramilitary forces. The decision to end article 370 is being welcomed by all Indians all over the world. I also wish all the citizens also a Rakshabandhan," he said.
On the occasion of India's 73rd Independence Day on August 15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort, Delhi from 7:30 am onwards. PM Modi will deliver his speech after hoisting the national flag at the Red Fort which will be accompanied shortly by a 21-cannon salute to pay respect to freedom fighters. Setting a new tradition this year, three women IAF officers will assist the Prime Minister in the unfurling of the national flag.
Government buildings across the country were illuminated to mark the occasion of freedom from the British Raj. Meanwhile, Army officers were seen doing a rehearsal of the Beating retreat ceremony at the Attari-Wagah border on the eve of Independence Day (August 14).
The British rule began in India in 1757 by the victory of English East India Company(EIC) at the Battle of Plassey and gained control over the country. The EIC controlled India for 100 years before being replaced by the British government in 1857-58 during India's first war for Independence or the 'Indian Mutiny'.
Finally after the all-India revolt through the non-violent,non-cooperation movement, Civil Disobedience movement led by Mahatma Gandhi - the British ended their rule post-winning World War-II. British Government in early 1947 announced to transfer all powers to the Indians, which led to the partition of India into India and Pakistan after severe violence between Hindus and Muslims.
On 15 August 1947 at midnight India got independence and was concluded by the Jawahar Lal Nehru speech "Tryst with destiny".