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15th April History – Peek into the Peak

15th April History – Peek into the Peak

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15th April History

April 15th History is marked by significant events that have changed the course of history. This date has marked numerous occasions worth remembering. Let’s take a glimpse into the past and explore some of the noteworthy events that have taken place on this day in history. East India Team wishes all the readers Subho Noboborsho and a very happy Rongali Bihu.

Let me begin by wishing my readers a happy Gurpurab, a Sbho Noboborsho, and a very happy Bihu. Having said that I come to the significant events of the day as I share the history of 15th April with my readers.

Sometimes at the end of March, a piece of news caught my attention. Krishna Prakash, a senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, swam across the Arabian Sea against the high tide to the Elephanta caves from the Gateway of India, covering a distance of roughly 16km in over five and a half hours. A marvelous incident indeed just like what happened on the 15th of April 1895, the first event in the history of the day.

Celebrating Shivaji @Raigad Fort

It was on the 15th of April 1895, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, a prominent Indian nationalist leader, inaugurated the Shivaji Utsav at Raigad Fort. This event was significant for several reasons and had a lasting impact on Indian history.

Facts:

Shivaji Utsav was a celebration of the birth anniversary of the legendary Maratha king Shivaji, who is revered as a symbol of resistance against oppression.

Raigad Fort was the capital of Shivaji’s empire and held great historical and cultural significance for the Maratha people.

Bal Gangadhar Tilak was a strong advocate of Indian nationalism and believed that celebrating Shivaji’s legacy would help unite the Indian people against British colonialism.

Reasons:

Tilak saw Shivaji as a hero who embodied the qualities of courage, leadership, and patriotism that were needed to resist British rule in India.

Tilak also believed that by celebrating Shivaji’s legacy, he could help foster a sense of pride and unity among the Indian people, who had been divided by caste, religion, and language.

Tilak used the Shivaji Utsav as a platform to propagate his message of Indian nationalism and to mobilize public support for his political agenda.

Impacts:

The Shivaji Utsav became an annual event that was celebrated across Maharashtra and other parts of India, and it played a crucial role in the growth of the Indian nationalist movement.

The celebration of Shivaji’s legacy helped to create a sense of pride and unity among the Indian people and inspired many to join the struggle for independence from British rule.

The Shivaji Utsav also became an important symbol of Maratha identity and cultural revival, and it continues to be celebrated to this day as a major festival in Maharashtra.

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And finally, this Utsav was one of the many factors which made our colonial rulers realize that we Indians are not just sweet, we are strong as well. Talking of sweet I recall another event, in the year 1923, which is…..

Ah! Insulin

Well, I wasn’t around in 1923, but I heard that on April 15th of that year, insulin became available on the market for people with diabetes. Can you imagine the excitement? People with diabetes no longer had to rely on a strict diet and exercise regimen to manage their condition. They could finally indulge in a few sugary treats without worrying about their blood sugar levels skyrocketing. Of course, the first batch of insulin was probably pretty pricey, so they may have had to sell a kidney or two to afford it. But hey, at least they could eat cake while they were recovering!

On a serious note, this was a significant breakthrough in the treatment of diabetes, which had previously been a deadly disease. Insulin was discovered by Frederick Banting and Charles Best in 1921, and after successful clinical trials, it was made available for widespread use.

The discovery of insulin marked a turning point in the history of diabetes, allowing millions of people around the world to manage their condition and live longer healthier lives. Prior to the discovery of insulin, people with diabetes had limited treatment options, and many died as a result of the disease.

Today, insulin remains a critical component in the management of diabetes and continues to be a life-saving treatment for millions of people worldwide.

So that brings us to some of the significant events from the pages of the history of 15th April. But before I bid goodbye a Subho Noboborsho once again to all my Bengali readers and a very happy Rongali Bihu to my Assamese friends.

 

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