For most Indians, the words of that iconic speech from August 15, 1947, are permanently etched in the mind: “Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now that time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of today’s midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.”
And awake it did. After almost a century of the Indian independence movement, this speech was the climax of hopes, aspirations, dreams, blood, sweat and countless lives.
Today, India shares its Independence Day with South Korea, marking the end of Japanese colonial rule in 1945 — for which Google team has created yet another doodle. Called Gwangbokjeol, the doodle depicts the historic Sungnyemun, the largest castle gate of the Eight Gates in the Fortress Wall of Seoul.
Just a day before, on August 14, there was a special doodle to mark Pakistan’s Independence Day featuring various landmarks from the ancient ruins of Mohenjodaro, including the stately “Priest-King”, a clay bullock cart, and the bronze “Dancing Girl”.
Last year, Google had portrayed Gandhi’s Dandi March on its doodle for the Indian Independence Day. Previously, the Red Fort, various versions of the Indian flag and tricolour, Indian postage stamps and even the national bird, the peacock, have been incorporated in Google’s Independence Day doodles for India.