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Jamshedpur’s first Independence Day celebration

Jamshedpur, Aug 14: The first Independence Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm at Jamshedpur on the 15th August 1947 which was declared a holiday by the Steel Company.

The celebrations included prayers at temples, churches, mosques and gurudwaras, hoisting of the national flag at various places, free feeding of the poor, distribution of sweets to school children.

The National Flag was hoisted over the Central Office building by Sir Jehangir Ghandy at 6 am in the morning before a large gathering. Addressing the gathering after the flag hoisting ceremony, Sir Jehangir explained the significance of the flag and said “As citizens of free India, we must exert our utmost to banish from our country the scourges of hunger and poverty, disease and ignorance, squalor and ill-will. We in this Steel Town have a special responsibility in this great hour. In hour of trial, in the past, we have never been found wanting. Today, when we are in the morning of freedom, must we not stand as one man and rising to the loftiest heights of which we are capable, set up new records of production and contribute our fullest share towards the prosperity and greatness of India”

Leaflets in English and Hindi containing messages from our Chairman, Director and Works Manager were dropped over Jamshedpur from the Steel Company’s aero plane. 

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