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New Delhi: India will be celebrating its 70 years of Independence and this will be a relevant occasion to tell our youth about some lesser known aspects of Independent India. 

1. National flag had a different design earlier:

National flag was hoisted first on August 7, 1906 at the Parsee Bagan Square in Calcutta. The flag was composed of horizontal strips of red, yellow and green. The red strip at the top had eight white lotuses embossed on it in a row. The green strip had a white sun on the left and a white crescent and star on the right.

  2.How India got its name:

India gets its name from the River Indus which was the home of the Indus Valley Civilization, and is considered to be one of the first civilizations. On the other hand, our country’s name in Sanskrit is Bhartiya Ganarjya   3. Understanding our national flag:

The current flag has three colours in it. The top strip saffron stands for courage and sacrifice; the middle portion white for peace, truth, purity and green for faith, fertility and chivalry. The Ashok Chakra at the centre of the flag — righteousness.

4. India has always been a peace loving country

India never invaded any country in her last 100000 years of history.

  5. Who designed the national flag

It is said that the first version of the current national flag was made by Pingali Venkayya at Bezwada in 1921. It was made up of two colours-red and green-representing the two major communities. Gandhiji suggested the addition of a white strip to represent the remaining communities of India and the spinning wheel to symbolize progress of the Nation.

6.  Nehru wasn’t elected as our first Prime Minister:

Yes it was not Nehru but Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Sardar Patel won the Prime Ministry elections fair and square but since Nehru didn’t want to play second in command to anyone and also that Gandhi had a soft spot for Nehru, Sardar Patel was pulled down

7. Did you know this about Bhagat Singh

The Inspiring Soul of India - Bhagat Singh was highly fluent in many different languages like French, Swedish, English, Arabic, Hindi and Punjabi and not just that, he was a voracious reader as well.

8. Jawaharlal Nehru - Trend Setter:

 This one is an absolute stunner! India’s first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru was pictured in Vogue Magazine wearing his traditional coat and so his single breasted jacket became a Fashion trend in the West.

9. Till 1947 there was no national anthem:  We did not have any National Anthem when our country became Independent on August 15, 1947. Though Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore wrote ‘Jana Gana Mana’ in Bengali on December 11, 1911, the Hindi version was adopted by the Constituent Assembly as the National Anthem of India on January 24, 1950.

10. Other countries also celebrate Independence Day on August 15

 North Korea, South Korea, Bahrain and Republic of the Congo also celebrate their Independence Day on August 15.

Compiled by News24Bureau