Independence day drawing
It’s India’s 72nd Independence Day! KidzMania would like to celebrate this special day with young kids by organizing an Independence Day drawing contest. A drawing will be provided. Children will need to get other supplies.
On August 12, 1947, Viceroy Louis Mountbatten announced that the country would be freed on August 15, 1947. Bengal, however, remained a controversial subject because, according to the advice of Cyril Radcliffe, the British official in charge of developing the Map Demarcation for the Partition of India, several areas such as Malda and Nadia with large Hindu populations were ceded to East Pakistan, now Bangladesh.
According to some villagers near the border between India and Bangladesh, interviewed by indianexpress.com, Mountbatten’s announcement was followed by massive protests in the region, and on August 15 was not a reason for them to celebrate independence. Villagers say that according to stories passed down in their families, political leaders such as Shyama Prasad Mukherjee and members of the Nadia royal family have protested to the British administration in Calcutta, and the matter has been brought to the attention of Mountbatten. In the following days, Mountbatten hastily ordered the rebuilding of the Bengal partition to include the Hindu-majority protesting areas in India and surrendered the Muslim-majority areas to East Pakistan, a process that was completed on the night of August 17.
Instead of August 15, these villages annually celebrate August 18 as the day of their independence not only from the British, but also from East Pakistan, and recognize this as the day of their official accession to India.
In Shibnibash, a small village in the Nadia region, about a five-hour drive from Kolkata, 49-year-old Anjan Sukul has been organizing Independence Day celebrations on 18 August 1991. “My grandfather was a freedom fighter, and I heard a story from him, but
there is no written evidence of this,” Sukul told indianexpress.com.
According to Sukul, the story of how the village began celebrating its independence on August 18 was common knowledge and passed down from generation to generation, but nothing was done to mark the day Sukul took the lead. “Before that, we didn’t have the courage to raise the flag after August 15th,” Sukul says, explaining the villagers’ insecurity about what other people consider unusual.
Eleven years ago, in the city of Bongaon in northern Parganas District, 24, West Bengal, the Bongaon Bar Association decided to mark the day they became part of India by hoisting a flag on August 18 at the courthouse in Bongaon. “The Bongaon unit became independent on August 18, 1947, and at 10:30 am we became part of India. We did not gain independence on August 15th, ”says Samir Das, chief prosecutor of Bongaon and secretary of the Bongaon Bar Association.