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Here are 8 interesting facts about Independence Day

On India's 72nd Independence Day, here are some things you didn't know

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Jana Gana Mana was officially adopted as India’s national anthem in 1950 (Image: Reuters)
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Jana Gana Mana was officially adopted as India’s national anthem in 1950 (Image: Reuters)

Until 1973, Governors unfurled the flag in states on I-day but in 1974, M. Karunanidhi took up the issue with then central government and became the first chief minister to hoist the flag on I-Day.
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Until 1973, Governors unfurled the flag in states on I-day but in 1974, M. Karunanidhi took up the issue with then central government and became the first chief minister to hoist the flag on I-Day.

Louis Mountbatten chose 15 August as India’s Independence Day to commemorate the Japanese surrendering to the Allied forces in the Second World War. (Image: Reuters)
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Louis Mountbatten chose 15 August as India’s Independence Day to commemorate the Japanese surrendering to the Allied forces in the Second World War. (Image: Reuters)

A primitive version of the Indian flag was first hoisted in 1906 in Kolkata
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A primitive version of the Indian flag was first hoisted in 1906 in Kolkata

Narendra Modi broke a 26-year old tradition of not giving extempore speeches, which was established after Rajiv Gandhi called Independence Day, Republic Day in a speech
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Narendra Modi broke a 26-year old tradition of not giving extempore speeches, which was established after Rajiv Gandhi called Independence Day, Republic Day in a speech

The exchange rate on August 15, 1947 was Re 1 = $ 1
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The exchange rate on August 15, 1947 was Re 1 = $ 1

India had more than 550 princely states before independence. (Image: Reuters)
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India had more than 550 princely states before independence. (Image: Reuters)

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel negotiated with the princely states to integrate with India.
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Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel negotiated with the princely states to integrate with India.

First Published on Aug 14, 2018 07:28 pm
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