Essay on India 's Independence Of India

947 Words Dec 19th, 2016 4 Pages
On August 15, 1947, India gained partial independence from the British, for independence is not simply a declaration of sovereignty, but, among other things, a process of developing a national identity and political legitimacy. India gained independence for on August 15, the international community viewed it as a relatively legitimate geographical area with political sovereignty. Yet, religion came to precede one’s identity as an Indian. One was Hindu or Muslim before being an Indian. The country’s three-way split into places whose people are now deemed inherently different from one another, in addition to lack of established borders for both Pakistan and India is what makes the independence partial. In addition, it is often misunderstood that India “achieved” independence, when, in actuality, India was given independence. Lastly, Gandhi’s vision for India failed and Indians were essentially forced into the European Westphalian nation-state model. Half a century past Indian independence, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Indian Prime Minister, of the time, paid gratitude to the “tens of thousands of our [Indian] countrymen and women [that] suffered in jails,” and “thousands of revolutionaries [that] sacrificed their lives on the gallows,” as he address the nation. Vajpayee further addresses the growing pessimism in the country, reminding the Indian people that it took a lot for Indians to “achieve” independence and not only should the Indian people be aware of that and…

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