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indian independence anniversary: celebrations in 1947

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indian independence anniversary: celebrations in 1947

as india celebrates its independence day this tuesday, the annual holiday will come with an added layer of meaning: this marks 70 years since the achievement of its hard-fought nationhood.british crown rule in india dated all the way back to 1858, but by the 1940s — thanks largely to the work of mohandas gandhi — it was clear that, despite the many grand statements made to the contrary over the years, the system would not endure forever. gandhi had become convinced that the u.k. would never willingly give india even partial self-rule, and began a civil-disobedience campaign to win independence through forceful passivity, though his peaceful efforts often inspired violence in others. "wit...