15th August 1947 -It is the most significant day in the history of India and celebrated every year with great enthusiasm by the Indian people. This day in India has been a huge example of courage, valor, and heroism of our nation’s great leader. All of us have to take an overview about our history lessons to learn the minute details of events, Wars and more about our great leaders.

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We have also heard numerous of these from our grandparents, mostly about how India used to be before freedom and how things have changed drastically in today’s times. It was not so easy one for the Indians to get freedom from the British. They treated Indians as slaves. Many Indian leaders have sacrificed their lives in attaining the freedom for their future generations without worrying about their comfort, rest and freedom. They planned and acted upon various Independence Movements including violent and nonviolent resistance to get complete freedom.Some of them have lost their family, belongings for our country’s freedom.

This year Independence Day falls on Tuesday. By the way of honoring and paying tribute to our leaders and to our nation, the entire national, states and local government’s offices, banks, post offices, markets, stores, businesses, organizations, schools, colleges etc. closed. It is celebrated in the capital of India with big enthusiasm, and also it is celebrated in all the schools, colleges and other educational institutions by the students and teachers including public community and society.

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION:

On August 15, everyone used to wear a flag badge. In schools, colleges, and all public offices national flag will be

hoisted and saluted. />These activities ensures the symbol of pride to be an Indian.

In television they telecast the programs relevant to Independence Day, about our nation, our great leaders who fought for our nation’s independence which create fire on us.

Several cultural programs like speech, dance, oratorical, music will be conducted in schools, colleges and offices.

Essay, fancy dress competition will be conducted in schools most probably for children; prior to this function children’swill gather more information. 

These functions are conducted in order to create awareness about our nation. Prizes    will be distributed among the winners in order to encourage them.

Through this way everyone will gain more knowledge about nation’s history. 

In residential areas, while hoisting the flag people raised their voice saying “Jai hind”, “VandeMataram”, “Jai JawaanJai Kisan”, “SatyaMevJayathe”etc,.

These are all some slogans revealed by our great Indian national leaders.

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION AT RED FORT:

Independence Day celebration is one of the most important days whichare celebrated all over India. The celebration took place everywhere but for historical and cultural reason, this is most specially and gorgeously celebrated in New Delhi, the capital ofIndia. All important roads are being cleaned and aligned and the stage is set at red fort and cameras are installed at the Red Fort for the close surveillance purpose of corner near to the celebration point. The days leading to the Independence Day will seems to increased security covering important places. With these arrangements national leaders and war heroes gets ready for the day. On the eve of the Independence Day, the prime minister makes an official speech known as “The Address to the Nation” through his office where he speaks about the significance of the day followed by a quick mention of the events for the next day.

On 15th August morning, the Red Fort gets surrounded by people scrabbling about the grounds to find the best place to witness the events. Some patriotic songs are played while everyone eagerly awaits the arrival of the PM and other dignitaries while clutching their tri-color pins, flags, scarves, etc. Security at the venue will be tightened and cell phones, cameras, food, water bottles, lighters, handbags, etc. will be strictly prohibited. As soon as the PM arrives at Red Fort, the most important aspect of the event the flag hoisting ceremony will occur. 

While the flag is being hoisted and when it finally sways in the air, a siren is played by patriotic pride. This is followed closely by an honorary 21 gun shots and the resonating pride amplifies when everyone stands in respect for the National Anthem. After this event it’s time for the Prime Minister will start to speak about the achievements, development and goodwill of the past year. He will highlight the major events that took place in the year, the leaders of the Freedom struggle, acknowledging the strength of our army and the faith of the general public in the country. Live broadcasting and webcasting is carried out by the media and government websites in order to provide live casting of the celebration of the event to the people all over the country.

 Many of our great leaders have spent their entire life for the freedom of our country. Some lost their family, their belongings for our freedom. They are Subash Chandra Bose, Mohandas KaramChand Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru,Bhagat Singh, Rajendra Prasad, LalBahadurShastri, SardarVallabhai Patel, BalGangadharTilak, Gopala Krishna Gokhale, SubramaniyaBharathiyar, TiruppurKumaran, VeeramangaiVelunachiar, vanchinathan, Veerapandiyakattabomman, V.O. Chidambaram Pillai, DheeranChinnamalai, Subramaniya Siva,  MarudhuPandiyar, PuliThevaretc,,.

 KODI KATHTHA KUMARAN

Many heroic incidents happened during the Indian freedom movement against the British rule. Among them Tiruppurkumaran is one of the famous freedom fighters of India. His actual name is OKSR KumaraswamyMudaliar but popularly called as Tiruppurkumaran. On 4thOctober 1904 he was born at Chennimalai, a small town in Tiruppur district. So he was named after Tiruppur district. He played a vital role for our nation’s freedom. At his young age, he involved himself in Indian freedom movement and withstands many struggles offered by the British. Mahatma Gandhi was his inspiration. He followed the procedures and methods which were suggested by Gandhiji in the Indian freedom movement. TiruppurKumaran had also participated in Congress movement from the Tiruppur’s contribution.  He started “DesaBandhu Youth Association”. He has been an inspiration for several persons , so  many youths have joined his Youth association.He conducted many protest march against the British government in many places of Tamil Nadu.

Many of them started participating theprogrammes and meetings conducted by Tirupurkumaran.  The government of Tamilnaduhonored Tirupurkumaran by erecting a memorial statue in the park which is very near to Tiruppur Railway station.

The Tamilnadu government released a commemorative stamp, which is a postal stamp in his name on October 2004 during the 100th birth anniversary of TiruppurKumaran. There is a street by his name which is called as “KumaranSalai”. There is also a college in his name in Tiruppur and it is called as “TiruppurKumaran College”.  He was died on   11th January, 1932. During his protest against the British colonial government, the police shotted him which was a cruel death. At the time of his death he was holding the National flag of India and did not let it fall down,  which was banned by the British government.  It shows his patriotism towards nations.Due to this incident, he was also called as “KodiKaththaKumaran”.

KNOW YOUR FREEDOM FIGHTER

Subramanian Siva was among prominent freedom fighters of India, who fought selflessly for our freedom.  On 4th October 1884, he was born to RajamIyerin Vathlagundu town of Dindigul districtand he was his eldest son.He is not only a great freedom fighter, a versatile writer who wrote several poems and books when he stayed several years in jail. He was the author of the journal GnanaBhanu which contains the collection of poetry. He was a devotee of Swami Vivekananda and Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.

He wrote the books RamanujaVijayam and Madhya Vijayam in order to create awareness among people through his dramas and bhajans.The freedom movement made him an orator and jail life made him an author. He got married before involving in political movements and survived by his son Sabhapathi Sharma.He followed the attributes of BalaGanghadharaTilak. V. O. Chidambaram and SubramanianBharathi, who are his contemporaries.He supported violence instead of ahimsa. So he disagreed with several views ofGandhiji and his non-violence attitude.  According to Siva, thorns can be handled only by thorns, in that way violence can be nullified only by having a strong violent war. So he adapted revolutionary methods of showing protest against British rule. He was arrested in 1908 and 1922 for his anti-political activities. He wrote a book named Jail Life which gives an account of his life in prison. He chose Papparapatti village in Pennagaramtaluk for his reformalactivities. In 1921 he came to Papparapatti and tried to establish Bharatashram there which was not successful.  As a result of all these activities he was imprisoned by the British government.

He was suffering from leprosy when he was in prison. In those days leprosy was considered to be a contagious disease and many restrictions were imposed on him by the British Government. He was not allowed to travel in trains. In spite of these difficulties he walked on foot to many places and continued his struggle for Indian independence.He was the first political prisoner in the Madras jail. He died on 23rd July 1925 and his graveyard is situated in Papparapatti. Dindugul district collector office and Vathlagundu Bus Stand were named after him. In 2010, Tamilnadu Government have announced that a memorial would be established for him in Papparapatti.  Recently his 125th birthday anniversary was celebrated in Dharmapuri district at Papparapatti. This function was organized by Lions Club former district Governor D.N.V. Selvarajrequested the state government to build a memorial hall for SubramanianSiva at the place where his dead body was cremated.