70 Years Of Independence

70 years of independence is a series reflecting upon the colonial roots of India and the forces of nationalism that helped shape its present and future. In the next few weeks and months, we will map everything that our history has made- architecture, cinema, food, politics of bringing India together and the memories of those who witnessed the nation's birth and its division.
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1947 and Bangladesh: The third unknown history

The partition of Bengal in 1905 was a good example. East Bengalis were mostly peasants, mostly Muslims, mostly resentful of Kolkata and popular with the newly arriving Muslim middle class. In 1906 the Muslim League was formed in Dhaka which gave Indian Muslims a political voice.

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70 Years of Independence: The self-congratulatory British Press at the eve of India’s freedom

Both quality papers as well as tabloids in British press portrayed the transfer of power to India and Pakistan as the ‘fulfillment of Britain’s mission’.

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70 years of Independence: How Communists kept pestering the British throughout the freedom struggle

Despite generally being neglected and discarded in the historiography of India’s glorious freedom movement, it has to be accepted that the Communists played a crucial role in the country’s freedom struggle,

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Independence notes: Different experiences in Portuguese Goa and British Malabar

At the stroke of midnight, the freedom finally arrived, largely with the efforts of the Congress. But what did this freedom mean to those who were neither ruled by the British, nor were they close enough to the Congress’ political centre?

Voices of Partition: One UP Muslim and two Pakistan born Hindus recollect the horrors of 1947

The partition of Punjab remains by far the bloodiest part of Indian history, the dirtiest and scariest of all, tagging along as it did with the euphoria of freedom.

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Photos of police personnel in flooded UP celebrating Independence Day are going viral

On Wednesday afternoon, DGP UP Sri Sulkhan Singh tweeted out photos of policemen and policewomen standing in knee- and ankle-deep water saluting the national flag in Bahraich and Siddharthnagar, which have created quite a lot of buzz on the micro-blogging site.

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VIDEO: Is India really FREE? 7 grim realities after 70 yrs of independence

It’s been 70 years, and a lot of great things have happened. We are the seventh largest country in the world, and collectively the whole country wishes for this to be the best country in the world. But, while filming a travel series by travelling across India in 30 days, a filmmaker came across seven heartbreaking experiences in India that will make you think if we are really free.

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I-Day, Republic Day have turned into ‘picnic fests’: Shiv Sena

“Have we been able to ward off internal and external threats? We have no answers to these questions even after 70 years of independence,” the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.

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CM Raghubar Das talks about ‘New Jharkhand’, Governor underlines several projects in Santhal Pargana region

Das pointed out that his government was keen to preserve the traditional languages and heritage of the tribals and, therefore, has developed school books in languages such as Ho, Kharia, Mundari, Santhali, Odiya and Bengali.

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Happy Independence Day 2017: This Dangal-themed Aamir Khan cake is ‘world’s most expensive’

With all that opulence it cake is worth a whopping $40,000 that roughly would cost more than Rs 25 lakh! The edible structure is 4ft tall from the base to the tip of Aamir Khan’s head. The cake weighs 54kg and was made by Broadway Bakery Dubai.

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Songs of Freedom

We list a few patriotic songs that have lived on and still manage to stir a sense of pride

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Tales from princely states: A Kashmiri Pandit and a Jodhpur resident recollect being stuck between India and Pakistan

What did independence mean to the ordinary folks residing in these states, far removed from the high drama of nationalist discourse and very often unaware of what course their homeland’s politics was about to take?

Independence Day: Opposition disappointed as PM Modi equates Gorakhpur tragedy with natural calamities

The party also cornered PM Modi for not showing “sensitivity” to the Gorakhpur tragedy and not reflecting the gravity of the situation. Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma hit out at prime minister saying, “He has in a very trivial manner equated the Gorakhpur tragedy to national calamities.”

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This moving photo of schoolkids from flooded Assam saluting the national flag is going viral

Ever since this photo went viral, others have taken to social media – especially Twitter – to share similar images of people celebrating Independence Day in the flood-hit state, where their bodies might be immersed in water, but their spirits continue to soar high. 

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WATCH: Foreigners beautifully sing Indian NATIONAL ANTHEM for the first time

As India celebrates 70 years of Independence on August 15, here are five videos of Indian national anthem that you must not miss today. From foreigners singing the song to people joining their voices in a capella version, these videos should be part of your Independence Day playlist.