NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
15th August, 1947 : British rule in India, which lasted for a momentous 163 years, came to an end on the stroke of midnight last night and two new Dominions, Pakistan and India, were born. A conch shell was blown in the Constituent Assembly in New Delhi amid cheers from the members as the clock struck 12, given Indians the independence for which they had striven for so long. Then every member of the Assembly took a pledge, promising to “…dedicate myself in all humility to the service of India and her people to the end that this ancient land attain her rightful place in the world”.
[The killing commenced the next day]