New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Independence Day is one those days when patriotism is in the air. The occasion is celebrated with great zeal and gusto across the country. On this day, the Prime Minister of India hoists the national flag at the Red Fort and delivers a speech to the nation.

This will be the first Independence Day speech to be delivered by PM Modi after the victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha election. Several preparations, dress rehearsal is going on at Red Fort to make the event joyful and extraordinary.

Why do we celebrate Swatantrata Diwas on 15th August

Independence Day is celebrated on August 15 which marks the end of British rule in India in 1947 and the establishment of a free nation.

Earlier, the British Prime Minister Clement Atlee on February 20, 1947, declared that the British rule in India would end by June 30, 1948, after which the powers would be transferred to responsible Indian hands but the date was then advanced to August 15, 1947.

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Thus on July 4, 1947, the Indian Independence Bill was introduced in the British Parliament which was passed within a fortnight.

It provided for the end of the British rule in India, on August 15, 1947, and the establishment of the Dominions of India and Pakistan, which were allowed to secede from the British Commonwealth.

With this, India achieved its freedom on August 15, 1947 and Lord Mountbatten became the first governor-general of India while Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru became the first prime minister. 

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