India at 64

Aug 12, 2011, 20:07 PM IST
A vendor sells threads for flying kites in Jammu. Kites gain popularity ahead of India`s Independence Day, celebrated on Aug. 15.
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A vendor sells threads for flying kites in Jammu. Kites gain popularity ahead of India`s Independence Day, celebrated on Aug. 15.

Students wave Indian national flags as they look upwards to get instructions from their teacher, during the celebrations ahead of India`s independence day at a school in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh. India commemorates independence day on August 15.
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Students wave Indian national flags as they look upwards to get instructions from their teacher, during the celebrations ahead of India`s independence day at a school in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh. India commemorates independence day on August 15.

Pakistani rangers, center, hand over gifts and sweets to their Indian counterparts Indian Border Security Force personnel during Independence Day celebrations at the Indo-Pak joint check post of Wagah, India.
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Pakistani rangers, center, hand over gifts and sweets to their Indian counterparts Indian Border Security Force personnel during Independence Day celebrations at the Indo-Pak joint check post of Wagah, India.

Indian flags flutter at the Red Fort monument, the main venue for India`s Independence Day celebrations in New Delhi. Security has been beefed up ahead of India`s Independence Day, which will be marked on Aug.15.
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Indian flags flutter at the Red Fort monument, the main venue for India`s Independence Day celebrations in New Delhi. Security has been beefed up ahead of India`s Independence Day, which will be marked on Aug.15.

Indian tourists take pictures of the Red Fort monument, the main venue for India`s Independence Day celebrations in New Delhi.
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Indian tourists take pictures of the Red Fort monument, the main venue for India`s Independence Day celebrations in New Delhi.

Indian paramilitary soldiers walk past as workers prepare flower arrangements at the Red Fort monument, the main venue for India`s Independence Day celebrations in New Delhi.
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Indian paramilitary soldiers walk past as workers prepare flower arrangements at the Red Fort monument, the main venue for India`s Independence Day celebrations in New Delhi.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addresses from inside a bulletproof housing on India`s Independence Day from the ramparts of the Red Fort monument in New Delhi.
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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addresses from inside a bulletproof housing on India`s Independence Day from the ramparts of the Red Fort monument in New Delhi.

Indian schoolchildren in clothing of the the colors making up the the Indian flag are seated during celebrations of India`s Independence Day at the Red Fort monument in New Delhi.
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Indian schoolchildren in clothing of the the colors making up the the Indian flag are seated during celebrations of India`s Independence Day at the Red Fort monument in New Delhi.

The Indian flag is seen after it was unfurled by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, bottom center, before he addressed the nation on India`s Independence Day from the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi.
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The Indian flag is seen after it was unfurled by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, bottom center, before he addressed the nation on India`s Independence Day from the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inspects an honor guard before addressing the nation from the Red Fort during Independence Day celebrations in New Delhi.
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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inspects an honor guard before addressing the nation from the Red Fort during Independence Day celebrations in New Delhi.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gestures before leaving after his address to the nation on India`s Independence Day at the Red Fort monument in New Delhi.
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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gestures before leaving after his address to the nation on India`s Independence Day at the Red Fort monument in New Delhi.

Indian police march in front of the historic Red Fort during Independence Day celebrations in New Delhi. India marked 64 years of independence from British rule.
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Indian police march in front of the historic Red Fort during Independence Day celebrations in New Delhi. India marked 64 years of independence from British rule.

Assamese girls perform Bihu, a traditional folk dance of Assam, during India`s Independence Day celebrations in Gauhati. India marked 64 years of independence from British rule.
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Assamese girls perform Bihu, a traditional folk dance of Assam, during India`s Independence Day celebrations in Gauhati. India marked 64 years of independence from British rule.

Indian security personnel march during India`s Independence Day celebrations in Gauhati. India marked 64 years of independence from British rule.
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Indian security personnel march during India`s Independence Day celebrations in Gauhati. India marked 64 years of independence from British rule.

An Indian tribal Sonowal Kachari boy with make-up performs a traditional Bohua dance during India`s Independence Day celebrations in Gauhati.
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An Indian tribal Sonowal Kachari boy with make-up performs a traditional Bohua dance during India`s Independence Day celebrations in Gauhati.

Assamese girls perform Bihu, a traditional folk dance of Assam, during India`s Independence Day celebrations in Gauhati. India marked 64 years of independence from British rule.
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Assamese girls perform Bihu, a traditional folk dance of Assam, during India`s Independence Day celebrations in Gauhati. India marked 64 years of independence from British rule.

A young Indian boy looks at a poster as he waits at the traffic signal while selling Indian national flags on a street in Hyderabad.
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A young Indian boy looks at a poster as he waits at the traffic signal while selling Indian national flags on a street in Hyderabad.

Supporters of India`s ruling congress party wait in the rain to catch a glimpse of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who was to depart a function for Independence Day at the party`s headquarters in New Delhi.
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Supporters of India`s ruling congress party wait in the rain to catch a glimpse of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who was to depart a function for Independence Day at the party`s headquarters in New Delhi.

Rahul Gandhi, right, a senior member of India`s ruling Congress Party and son of its leader Sonia Gandhi, salutes with other party members during a function for Independence Day in New Delhi.
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Rahul Gandhi, right, a senior member of India`s ruling Congress Party and son of its leader Sonia Gandhi, salutes with other party members during a function for Independence Day in New Delhi.

Indians stand in respect as Indian Border Security Force soldier salutes as the Indian national flag is unfurled during the Independence Day celebrations at the Indo-Pak joint check post of Wagah.
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Indians stand in respect as Indian Border Security Force soldier salutes as the Indian national flag is unfurled during the Independence Day celebrations at the Indo-Pak joint check post of Wagah.

Indian Border Security Force personnel dance along with Indian youths as they shout slogans during Independence Day celebrations at the Indo-Pak joint check post of Wagah.
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Indian Border Security Force personnel dance along with Indian youths as they shout slogans during Independence Day celebrations at the Indo-Pak joint check post of Wagah.

Young Indian girls dance during Independence Day celebrations in Jammu.
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Young Indian girls dance during Independence Day celebrations in Jammu.

Indian youths shout slogans as they celebrate Independence Day at the Indo-Pak joint check post of Wagah.
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Indian youths shout slogans as they celebrate Independence Day at the Indo-Pak joint check post of Wagah.

A young Indian boy runs in front of the portraits of eminent freedom fighters of India placed for homage during Independence Day celebrations in Kolkata.
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A young Indian boy runs in front of the portraits of eminent freedom fighters of India placed for homage during Independence Day celebrations in Kolkata.

An Indian Border Security Force soldier distributes sweets to Indian women during Independence Day celebrations at the Indo-Pak joint check post of Wagah.
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An Indian Border Security Force soldier distributes sweets to Indian women during Independence Day celebrations at the Indo-Pak joint check post of Wagah.

An Indian woman weaver works in front of a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi during Independence Day celebrations in Hyderabad.
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An Indian woman weaver works in front of a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi during Independence Day celebrations in Hyderabad.