India Regains Its Independence #OnThisDay

On 15th of August 1947 , India regained its independence from Great Britain. It was the end of British rule in India which remained a Dominion until 1950.

Britain, firstly through the East India Company in the first half of the 18th Century had been exploiting the rich resources of the sub continent of India. Military force was used to quell numerous uprisings and resistance over the centuries. Vast sums of money could be made by those who went into service in India, both in the civil and military sectors.

The vast natural resources and skills of the people kept the factories of Great Britain supplied and allowed the British Empire to become the largest the world had seen.

Men from across the subcontinent served in both world wars and gave their lives for the British Empire.

But more organised resistance to British rule was growing through great leaders like  Jawaharlal Nehru and Mohandas K. Gandhi, who sought peaceful means to end the occupation. Gandhi was assassinated on 30th of January 1948.

India regaining its independence also saw the division of the subcontinent and Pakistan was formed. The process was the last hurrah of British incompetence in diplomacy.

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