India celebrates 66th Independence Day

Aug 13, 2012, 21:09 PM IST
Policemen march during a rehearsal for the Independence Day celebrations in Srinagar.
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Policemen march during a rehearsal for the Independence Day celebrations in Srinagar.

Paramilitary soldier yawns during a rehearsal for the Independence Day celebrations in Srinagar.
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Paramilitary soldier yawns during a rehearsal for the Independence Day celebrations in Srinagar.

National Cadet Corps (NCC) members play during a rehearsal for the Independence Day celebrations in Srinagar.
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National Cadet Corps (NCC) members play during a rehearsal for the Independence Day celebrations in Srinagar.

A Kashmiri student salutes during a rehearsal for the Independence Day celebrations in Srinagar.
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A Kashmiri student salutes during a rehearsal for the Independence Day celebrations in Srinagar.

Police officers display their skills on motorcycles during a rehearsal for the Independence Day celebrations in Srinagar.
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Police officers display their skills on motorcycles during a rehearsal for the Independence Day celebrations in Srinagar.

A young Indian girl dances during the Independence Day celebration rehearsal in Jammu.
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A young Indian girl dances during the Independence Day celebration rehearsal in Jammu.

Policemen walk after Independence Day celebration rehearsals in Jammu.
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Policemen walk after Independence Day celebration rehearsals in Jammu.

A artist paints the Indian flag on a woman`s arm during the Independence Day celebrations in Hyderabad.
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A artist paints the Indian flag on a woman`s arm during the Independence Day celebrations in Hyderabad.

Police officers display their skills on motorcycles during a rehearsal for the Independence Day celebrations in Srinagar.
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Police officers display their skills on motorcycles during a rehearsal for the Independence Day celebrations in Srinagar.

A shopkeeper displays the Indian flags in the entrance of his shop in Jammu.
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A shopkeeper displays the Indian flags in the entrance of his shop in Jammu.

An elderly man holds the Indian flag as he along with others listens to patriotic songs at the venue of an anti-corruption protest in New Delhi.
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An elderly man holds the Indian flag as he along with others listens to patriotic songs at the venue of an anti-corruption protest in New Delhi.

A man, with his face painted in colors of the Indian flag, attends the rehearsal for the Indian Independence Day celebrations in the eastern Indian city Bhubaneswar.
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A man, with his face painted in colors of the Indian flag, attends the rehearsal for the Indian Independence Day celebrations in the eastern Indian city Bhubaneswar.

A young child carries the Indian flag as he takes part in a street play during rehearsal for the Indian Independence Day celebrations in the eastern Indian city Bhubaneswar.
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A young child carries the Indian flag as he takes part in a street play during rehearsal for the Indian Independence Day celebrations in the eastern Indian city Bhubaneswar.

Police SWAT team members stand guard in front of the India Gate Monument as it is secured for Independence Day ceremonies in New Delhi.
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Police SWAT team members stand guard in front of the India Gate Monument as it is secured for Independence Day ceremonies in New Delhi.

Workers hang a large Indian flag used to shield dignitaries at the India Gate Monument as it is secured for Independence Day ceremonies in New Delhi.
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Workers hang a large Indian flag used to shield dignitaries at the India Gate Monument as it is secured for Independence Day ceremonies in New Delhi.

Prime minister Manmohan Singh inspects a guard of honor at the 17th century Red Fort on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in New Delhi.
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Prime minister Manmohan Singh inspects a guard of honor at the 17th century Red Fort on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in New Delhi.

Prime minister Manmohan Singh inspects a guard of honor at the 17th century Red Fort on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in New Delhi.
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Prime minister Manmohan Singh inspects a guard of honor at the 17th century Red Fort on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in New Delhi.

Prime minister Manmohan Singh inspects a guard of honor at the 17th century Red Fort on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in New Delhi.
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Prime minister Manmohan Singh inspects a guard of honor at the 17th century Red Fort on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in New Delhi.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh speaks from the rampart of 17th century Red Fort on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in New Delhi.
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh speaks from the rampart of 17th century Red Fort on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in New Delhi.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh speaks from the rampart of 17th century Red Fort on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in New Delhi.
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh speaks from the rampart of 17th century Red Fort on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in New Delhi.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, center in blue turban, arrives to give a speech at the rampart of the 17-century Red Fort on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in New Delhi.
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, center in blue turban, arrives to give a speech at the rampart of the 17-century Red Fort on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in New Delhi.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh speaks from the rampart of the 17-century Red Fort on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in New Delhi.
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh speaks from the rampart of the 17-century Red Fort on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in New Delhi.

Indian navy sailors and guests return from the 17th century Red Fort after a gathering to mark the 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in New Delhi.
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Indian navy sailors and guests return from the 17th century Red Fort after a gathering to mark the 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in New Delhi.

Schoolchildren wearing Indian flag color dresses sit in front of the 17th century Red Fort during a gathering to mark 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in New Delhi.
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Schoolchildren wearing Indian flag color dresses sit in front of the 17th century Red Fort during a gathering to mark 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in New Delhi.

Schoolchildren wearing Indian flag color dresses react in front of the 17th century Red Fort on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in New Delhi.
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Schoolchildren wearing Indian flag color dresses react in front of the 17th century Red Fort on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in New Delhi.

Girls perform on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in Jammu.
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Girls perform on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in Jammu.

Indian army soldiers demonstrate a martial art technique on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in Bangalore.
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Indian army soldiers demonstrate a martial art technique on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in Bangalore.

Schoolchildren dressed in traditional attire eat their breakfast before performing at a gathering on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in Bangalore.
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Schoolchildren dressed in traditional attire eat their breakfast before performing at a gathering on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in Bangalore.

Chief Minister of West Bengal state Mamata Banerjee unfurls an Indian flag on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in Kolkata.
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Chief Minister of West Bengal state Mamata Banerjee unfurls an Indian flag on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in Kolkata.

School girls perform on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in Kolkata.
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School girls perform on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in Kolkata.

A school girl dressed as Mother India, right, holds an Indian flag as she with others participates in a cultural event on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in Kolkata.
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A school girl dressed as Mother India, right, holds an Indian flag as she with others participates in a cultural event on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in Kolkata.

A policeman salutes after a national flag was hosted by Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh state N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, unseen, on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in Hyderabad.
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A policeman salutes after a national flag was hosted by Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh state N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, unseen, on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in Hyderabad.

Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers dance to the tunes of patriotic songs on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, at India-Pakistan joint check post at Wagah in Attari.
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Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers dance to the tunes of patriotic songs on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, at India-Pakistan joint check post at Wagah in Attari.

Congress party President Sonia Gandhi, right, hoists the Indian flag on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, at the party headquarters in New Delhi.
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Congress party President Sonia Gandhi, right, hoists the Indian flag on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, at the party headquarters in New Delhi.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh along with other ruling Congress party members greets party President Sonia Gandhi during flag hoisting on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, at the party headquarters in New Delhi.
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh along with other ruling Congress party members greets party President Sonia Gandhi during flag hoisting on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, at the party headquarters in New Delhi.

A woman dressed as Bharat Mata, or Mother India, poses with Indian flags on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in Hyderabad.
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A woman dressed as Bharat Mata, or Mother India, poses with Indian flags on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in Hyderabad.

Schoolchildren wearing Indian flag color dresses sit in front of the 17th century Red Fort during a gathering to mark 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in New Delhi.
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Schoolchildren wearing Indian flag color dresses sit in front of the 17th century Red Fort during a gathering to mark 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in New Delhi.

President Pranab Mukherjee, Air Force Chief N.A.K. Browne, Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma and Army Chief General Bikram Singh, pay homage at the India Gate war memorial on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in New Delhi.
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President Pranab Mukherjee, Air Force Chief N.A.K. Browne, Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma and Army Chief General Bikram Singh, pay homage at the India Gate war memorial on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in New Delhi.

Indian combined defense forces stand guard at the India Gate war memorial on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence in New Delhi.
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Indian combined defense forces stand guard at the India Gate war memorial on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence in New Delhi.

Jammu and Kashmir state Chief Minister Omar Abdullah salutes after hoisting an Indian flag on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in Srinagar.
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Jammu and Kashmir state Chief Minister Omar Abdullah salutes after hoisting an Indian flag on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in Srinagar.

A cadet of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) shouts during a march on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in Jammu.
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A cadet of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) shouts during a march on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence from British rule, in Jammu.

Jammu and Kashmir policemen march on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence.
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Jammu and Kashmir policemen march on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India`s independence.