How And When Did India Gain Independence From Britain?

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Independence of India carries with it a lot of history soaked with blood. East India Company which came to India for trading purposes soon exploited the weak princely system prevalent in various states of India and started to over take each of them.

Soon struggles began at small level to get rid of the colonial power and it culminated into a full scale war in 1857 which is now known in the history as Indian Mutiny. The War of 1857 were jointly fought by every ethnic group in India but British forces overcame this hurdle and defeated Indians in most of the battles.

After that war Britain completely overtook the country and brought some good measures which helped people of India to get modern education and awareness to the modern Political Thoughts. The struggle for freedom picked up when M.K. Gandhi returned from South Africa and took over the reigns of Indian Politics and with him he brought him his most successful tool to struggle that was non violence. Gandhi's non violence movement was the instrument behind the independence of India and Gandhi soon became the sole leader of India for the struggle of independence. India got independence on 15th August 1947.
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Please do not just write down rubbish. Gandhi did nothing for indian independence. It was Netaji who established Indian army in Andaman . Britishers were exhausted from ww2 so they knew it would not be possible to rule over these people so ultimately they gave independence. 
Gandhi was a sexual pervert. Read about his sexual life..He was a pedophile and supporter of caste system.
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1947, as previously answered. I just wanted to add that Britain had made concessions to give India independence if they assisted with the war effort, which they did. After the war they attempted to go back on this promise and offered a system of dual governance. This when Mohandas "Mahatma" Gandhi's Quit India Movement began. Gandhi's non-violent disobedience movement played a huge part in gaining independence. The boycott of imports was especially effective.
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The main reason india was given independence was because it was not profitable for the british to stay in india after world war 2. They owed the indian 1300 million pounds and had countless debts with different countries i.e. America!!  Of course the situation in india also meant it required a lot of effort and time for the british to solve the disputes between the main political parties in india which were the indian national congress led by nehru and gandhi and also the muslim league led by Muhammad ali jinnah. The muslim league felt that if they were to live in an india led by congress their interests would not be safe guarded and would be treated as second class citizens. Congress always fought for the league not to gain separate electorates.  I believe however that Britain were guided by money and pressures from president roosevelt to leave india!!
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The freedom struggle of India begun in 1857 with the soldiers serving in the British East India Company rebelled against the British. The freedom struggle for India was a rather long fight for freedom which ended only on 1947 after the efforts of some of the great freedom fighters like Mahatama Gandi and blood shed of thousands of brave Indian Soldiers.

The Indian Freedom struggle involved a spectrum of Indian political organizations like Indian national congress and Indian national army, philosophies and several rebellions and movements like civil disobedience movement in 1918 and Quit India movement in 1942.

Some of the major freedom fighters and influences were Mohan Das Karam Chand Gandhi and0 Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Gandhi led the Indian National congress which committed itself to gain complete independence lead to mutinies and widespread communal rioting in Calcutta, India finally was set free from the British Rule on the mid-night of 15th august 1947.
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Gandhi did a lot of peaceful protests to stop the british and that helped a lot. But another important factor was money. After ww2, it was no longer profitable for britain to be there, they owed india over 1,300,000,000 pounds and owed money to america too!
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India is the a country that is located in South East Asia. It has an area of 3,287,240 square kilometers which makes it the 7th largest country of the world. On the other hand, by population, it is the second largest country of the world after China.

India got its Independence from the British Empire on 15 August 1947. This independence was a result of efforts of millions of Indians for decades. Actually the british rule was on the sub-continent that included India and Pakistan. Muslims and Hindus were the main populations of this area. Both wanted their separate homelands because of religious issues. That is why after their tireless movement, Britishers had to leave and declare independence on both these countries.

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Sorry but that answer was terrible
I want to know SPECIFICALLY know how it became independant
and I know this is an answer you gave a few years ago but still
I'm not amused and Dennis certainly will be stopping the car
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.British left India, because their Economy stumbled and civil unrest due to the WW1 and WW2. The Quit India Movement, Do or Die, Gandhi’s Disobedience movement etc were just a joke for British. The Free India was under control of Congress which publicized that Gandhi’s effort had made it and made him “Father of the Nation – India”, whereas in fact it should have been Father of Pakistan.
Untill 1947 the present India was British India colony + 600 odd Princely States. After that British colony was divided and Princely states were merged to for the current India. This is the major reason will still have problems between current political states and people
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jayisha coleman answered
On august15,1947, india gained independence. British took control and india and pakistan became two separate independence.
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15th august 1947 right?? And it was partly Gandhi and partly money?? Tell me if I'm wrong?! =)
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It was however mainly work of Mahammedan 'Matatma' K Ghandi, that had lead to his Independence in life.
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British Parliament gave independence to India under the Independence of India Act of 1947!
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They gained independence from india but they had a hard time cause the british were very stingy and like they thought they could rule everyone and so they beat them in the war and it was bloody and violent but ended good
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Gandhi didn't help India in gaining independence even though he tried. After the World War II, british were just too weak and exhausted. British left India on their own after resolving the political fight between Jinnah and Gandhi/Nehru in dividing India.
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It was mainly the work of Mohammedan 'Mahatma' K Ghandi that lead India to independence, he did whatever it took to get his message across the nation. He fasted for 21 days, protested for several years, walked (with a mutiny of people) 248 miles, and even got imprison on several occasions in South Africa and India. But today he will always be remembered as Ghandi, India's father of the nation. He did a fantastic job of Ahimsa and will never be forgotten.
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Gandhi did nothing for Indian independence.  There was a hype created by media at that time. if you read about his sexual life then you would say no pervert has ever born before Gandhi. His advice to Jews during ww2 was to commit "mass suicide". 
If you want to read about the real freedom fighter take a look at the life of subhas Chandra Bose. he was the man who travelled to Germany to meet with Hitler. With efforts he created Indian national army. for the first time independent Indian flag was hoisted in Andaman. Britishers were exhausted from the ww2. They had debts. so they thought it is better to leave India. on midnight like a thief they departed from India.
This is the real story.  If ww2 had not taken place India couldn't have got independence. Alas people of India don't know the reality of Gandhi. The sexual pervert is the "father of nation"he was also a supporter of caste system and had pro capitalist attitude..
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The Britsh were very controlling adn the Indians had to buy Britsh goods and only trade with Britian.
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Hey mite for second world war British needs a help from USA but USA have one condition for helping to British that they had to sign a treaty to free every nation under British Then they have to sign that after world war they free us
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Because the English were the best and the Indians were jealous of the British, the British did a lot of good work in India as well they built roads, not to memtion 80,000km of railway, dams for water supply, dug over 100,000km of canals for irrigation and transport, law and order and peace between the stats, and much much more, I could  go on for ever :P And have the Indian race used the the things the British things well? Ermm no... They just breed and breed and breed! They think thats the solution to all the proplems in the countary, I think not! Just mean lack of water, more poverty, well there is anyway, and space. I'm sorry to break this to you India but breeding more will cause no water = destert, and Delhis to go first, and yes I've been to India, so I know.
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If you read the history of India, before the barbarian Britishers arrived India's economy was equal to 1/3 of the world economy.
Lord Macaulay quoted "I have travelled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief. Such wealth I have seen in this country, such high moral values, people of such calibre, that I do not think we would ever conquer this country, unless we break the very backbone of this nation, which is her spiritual and cultural heritage, and, therefore, I propose that we replace her old and ancient education system, her culture, for if the Indians think that all that is foreign and English is good and greater than their own, they will lose their self-esteem, their native self-culture and they will become what we want them, a truly dominated nation."

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