After 14 years of independence, this state became a part of the country… it was the rule of these people, not of the British!

After 14 years of independence, this state became a part of the country… it was the rule of these people, not of the British!

It is known to all that India became independent on 15 August 1947. But, when India became independent, its nature was somewhat different. The number of states or union territories you are seeing in today’s India were not there at that time. India got its independence in 1947, but many states merged with India after many years of independence. These states also include one of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, which is today an integral part of India as a Union Territory. Dadra-Nagar Haveli was not a part of the country even after 14 years of independence and it merged with India in the year 1961.

Today the merger of Dadra Nagar Haveli is being talked about because it became a part of India on this day i.e. 11th August under the Dadra-Nagar Haveli Act, 1961 passed by the Parliament. The special thing about this place was that there was no British rule here, due to which it could not join India after the British left India. In such a situation, know who ruled here and what is the story of this place…

British did not rule

Let us tell you that where the whole of India was ruled by the British, but it was not so in Dadar-Nagar Haveli. This part was under the Portuguese instead of the British. Let us tell you that to keep the British away from this part, the Marathas had befriended the Portuguese. According to the official website of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, in the year 1779, the Marathas had made a treaty with the Portuguese. However, the Marathas did not return the Santana warship to the Portuguese and allowed the Portuguese to collect revenue at Dadra and Nagar Haveli. It included 72 villages. Earlier the Marathas had occupied this region.

The Portuguese ruled this place from about 1785 to 1954. However, the people were fed up with his rule and in the end the Goan volunteers, with the help of the local people, drove the Portuguese out. After this, on 2 August 1954, its rule from the Portuguese came to the local people. The locals slowly started capturing the first police stations. Even though it was not a part of India at this time, the locals had started hoisting the flags of India.

Waging war like India

Let us tell you that just as the fight was going on in India against the British, in the same way the people here had waged a war against the Portuguese. After this, the way the British had to go from India, the Portuguese had to go from here too. At this time the country had become independent, but still it was not merged with India. Then after about 6 years, on 12 June 1961, unanimously passed a resolution of integration with the Indian Union. After this, on 11 August 1961, it became a part of the country. After this, Dadra and Nagar Haveli a few years ago, Daman and Diu were also merged and both became a union territory.

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