Independence Day 2022: Know why India celebrates Independence Day a day after Pakistan

Every year Independence day is celebrated in India on 15 August. On the other hand, Pakistan celebrates its Independence Day on the 14th of August every year.

Independence Day 2022: Know why India celebrates Independence Day a day after Pakistan

The country got independence 75 years ago today, but it had to be paid in the form of partition. Two pieces of the same country. Every year Independence day is celebrated in India on 15 August. On the other hand, Pakistan celebrates its Independence Day every year on the 14th of August i.e. a day before. Whereas both the countries became independent on the same day. 

Does the question arise that why Pakistan celebrates its Independence Day on 14th August instead of 15th August? It is also said that Pakistan celebrated its first Independence Day on 15th August but later again why did this date change from 15th August to 14th August? Not only this, Pakistan's 'Quaid-Azam' Muhammad Ali Jinnah congratulated him on August 15 in his first address to the country. He had said, 'With lots of happiness, I congratulate you. 15 August is the birthday of the independent and sovereign nation Pakistan. In media reports and books written by historians, two reasons have been told behind Pakistan's celebration of Independence Day on August 14.

There on August 15, India was divided into two pieces. One became India and the other Pakistan. Everywhere there is a celebration of the nectar festival of freedom, but the pain of partition is no less. This is the reason why Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the initiative to celebrate 14 August as Partition Vibhishika Memorial Day. However, in the midst of all this, the question has also been arising that when both the countries became independent on the same day, then why does Pakistan celebrate its independence day on August 14, a day before India?

What does history say?

Actually, the Indian Independence Bill was introduced in the British Parliament on 4 July and it took the form of law on 15 July. According to this bill, India was to be partitioned on the midnight of 14-15 August. At midnight, two new countries named India and Pakistan were to come into existence. Pakistani historian KK Aziz writes in his book Murder of History that the transfer of power to these two countries was to be done to the Viceroy Lord Mountbatten.

Mountbatten could not be present in New Delhi and Karachi at the same time i.e. on 15th August. It was necessary to have them in both places. In such a situation, Lord Mountbatten, being the Viceroy, transferred power to Pakistan on 14 August. Reports suggest that the Pakistani flag was hoisted in Karachi only after the Viceroy transferred power on 14 August. Therefore, later the date of Independence Day of Pakistan was changed to 14 August. Many historians say that according to factual evidence, India and Pakistan got independence on the same day. But, they just got the documents a day before, which is why Independence Day is celebrated there a day before.

Celebrations in Pakistan celebrated for two years only on 15th August

According to a BBC report, after the formation of Pakistan, the two anniversaries of independence i.e. 1948 and 1949, Independence Day was celebrated on 15 August only. But after the passing of Mo Jinnah, this moment was celebrated 24 hours ago. And since then 14th August has been the Independence Day of Pakistan.

In this way, this thing has been expressed differently in different reports and facts, but the truth is that Pakistan celebrates its independence a day before India. Along with this, 14 August is now being celebrated in India as Memorial Day to remember the horrors of Partition.