15th August 1947 is an important day in the history of India. We became free from the British rule. Independence did not come to our country over-night. It was the result of a long and continuous struggle. Thousands of people went to jails for several years. Many leaders sacrificed their lives for the freedom. We won free­dom under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi who fought without arms. Truth and Non-violence (Satyagraha and Ahimsa) were his weapons. At last the British were forced to leave the country in 194 7 and India became free.

First of all, our leaders made a Constitution to govern our country. Our Constitution came into force on 26 January, 1950. Our country became a sovereign, socialist, secular and democratic republic. This was our first Republic Day. Every year we celebrate our Republic Day on 26th of January.

India is now the largest democracy of the world. Democracy is a government which run by the elected representatives of the people. It is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. All the citizens of India are equal before the law. Our Constitution has given us some fundamental rights which uphold the personal freedom of an individual. We must take care of our duties towards our country. Freedom can only be saved if every citizen performs his duties honestly and diligently.