by Naina Malhotra
August 15, 1947 was the day when the tricolor was raised and Independent India emerged. It has been a revolutionary period of more than 60 years for India since the nation became independent from colonial rule. I was curious to go down the history to find out how the changes took place through these years, looking at Gale resources:
The article, ‘India partitioned as raj withdraws’ from General OneFile illustrates the emergence of Independent India.
‘The day of independence represented the culmination of a predominantly non-violent campaign for an end to British rule, spearheaded by Gandhi and the Congress Party, a campaign conducted with a very ‘British’ civility and restraint, something which was later transferred in turn to the British departure from India.’
‘Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom’, said Jawaharlal Nehru to celebrate India’s independence from Great Britain. This speech, which is of great value, can be found in World History in Context.
Looking at Gale’s newspaper archives collection displays 440 results on searching the key-phrase ‘India’s Independence’. The entire collection includes communication from leaders of Independent India, Progress of the War of Independence in India, Future of Independent India and much more…
On searching India’s Independence in World History Collection , I found an interesting article by Katherine Bailey on India’s last Vicereine, Edwina Mountbatten (Vicereine is a title here given to the wife of the Viceroy, the public face and representative of the British Empire in India.)
Those who won the independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty. And with this I conclude my exploration through Gale databases –
Happy Independence Day!