WHAT'S THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE DATES?
The month begins on 18th July, the date that the Indian Independence Act 1947 gained royal assent from King George VI, and ends on the 17th August, the date that the Radcliffe Line was published in 1947, which finally set out where the border between India, West Pakistan and East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) would be. The start and end dates show just how much of an influence Britain has had on South Asia as a whole over the last few centuries. The dates coincide to a large extent with the South Asian month of Saravan/Sawan, which is the main monsoon month when the region's habitat undergoes renewal Having it take place across the two Western calendar months of July and August seemed entirely apt, as it respects the traditions of the South Asian calendars. This period also includes several independence days connected to South Asian countries.