Every year on August 15th, India celebrates Independence Day. It is a day that remembers the liberation of India from British control and honours the lives of all freedom fighters in Indian history. While books, movies, and accumulated history provide much of what we know about India’s liberation movement, it is crucial to recognise the hard labour and commitment that went into achieving India’s freedom. The British colonised and governed India and its people for hundreds of years. Prior to then, India was split into several princely states ruled by various rajas and maharajas.Following the arrival of the British, every Indian, regardless of caste, class, religion, or gender, banded together to combat the English rulers’ persecution. After years and years of struggle, India gained independence on August 15, 1947. To commemorate this unique occasion, every Indian, no matter where they are, rejoices and celebrates this triumph to the fullest.
‘Sanskriti’ is the Indian term for culture. Indians have always referred to their culture as ‘Human Culture’ (Manav Dharma/ Sanskriti). It has a broad appeal. The notion of ‘Unity in Diversity’ is an unspoken rule of nature, the cosmos, and existence. People from various ethnicities, speaking different languages, eating different foods, and following different customs coexist peacefully in India. Thus, the core of India’s cultural history rests in its all-encompassing fusion of faiths, traditions, customs, and beliefs.Numerous kinds of art, architecture, painting, music, dance, festivals, and rituals have arisen in India throughout the years, and this diversity has made Indian culture unparalleled, to which the entire world still looks up. India’s cultural history endures.
By Subhechcha Ganguly