India celebrates 68th Independence Day

Aug 13, 2014, 18:45 PM IST
Soldiers secure the historical Red Fort, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to hoist the national flag and address the nation on Independence Day, in New Delhi.
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Soldiers secure the historical Red Fort, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to hoist the national flag and address the nation on Independence Day, in New Delhi.

Soldiers during the final rehearsal for the Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort monument, in New Delhi.
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Soldiers during the final rehearsal for the Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort monument, in New Delhi.

School children run with the national tricolor flags as they rehearse for the Independence Day celebrations in Bangalore.
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School children run with the national tricolor flags as they rehearse for the Independence Day celebrations in Bangalore.

A school teacher feeds glucose powder to a student to give her energy during a rehearsal for the Independence Day celebrations in Bangalore.
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A school teacher feeds glucose powder to a student to give her energy during a rehearsal for the Independence Day celebrations in Bangalore.

Policemen participate in the final rehearsal for the Independence Day celebrations at the Golconda Fort in Hyderabad.
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Policemen participate in the final rehearsal for the Independence Day celebrations at the Golconda Fort in Hyderabad.

School children carry a 200 feet (61 meters) long Indian National flag through an alley as part of Independence Day celebrations in Chennai.
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School children carry a 200 feet (61 meters) long Indian National flag through an alley as part of Independence Day celebrations in Chennai.

CRPF personnel take part in full dress rehearsal of Independence Day parade at Bakhshi Stadium in Srinagar.
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CRPF personnel take part in full dress rehearsal of Independence Day parade at Bakhshi Stadium in Srinagar.

Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel performs during the full dress rehearsal of Independence Day parade at Bakhshi Stadium in Srinagar.
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Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel performs during the full dress rehearsal of Independence Day parade at Bakhshi Stadium in Srinagar.

A school student at the full dress rehearsal of Independence Day parade in Ajmer.
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A school student at the full dress rehearsal of Independence Day parade in Ajmer.

Schoolgirls dressed in the colors of the Indian national tricolor flag participate in rehearsals for Independence Day celebrations in Ajmer.
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Schoolgirls dressed in the colors of the Indian national tricolor flag participate in rehearsals for Independence Day celebrations in Ajmer.

School children making a human chain that reads Vande Matram.
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School children making a human chain that reads Vande Matram.

Youth enjoying in a motor boat ride with the national flag on the eve of Independence Day at Upper Lake in Bhopal.
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Youth enjoying in a motor boat ride with the national flag on the eve of Independence Day at Upper Lake in Bhopal.

A view of illuminated Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus on the eve of Independence Day in Mumbai.
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A view of illuminated Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus on the eve of Independence Day in Mumbai.

School students paint their faces with tri-colours on the eve of Independence Day in Bhubaneswar.
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School students paint their faces with tri-colours on the eve of Independence Day in Bhubaneswar.

A sand sculpture on eve of Indipendance day at Puri beach.
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A sand sculpture on eve of Indipendance day at Puri beach.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah inspecting the parade during Independence Day function at Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar.
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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah inspecting the parade during Independence Day function at Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar.

President Pranab Mukherjee paying homage at Amar Jawan Jyoti during the 68th Independence Day celebration at India Gate in New Delhi. Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Navy Chief Admiral RK Dhowan and Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag are also seen.
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President Pranab Mukherjee paying homage at Amar Jawan Jyoti during the 68th Independence Day celebration at India Gate in New Delhi. Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Navy Chief Admiral RK Dhowan and Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag are also seen.

AN INDIAN ARMY OFFICER DRIVES THROUGH A BURNING RING AS HE PERFORMS A DAREDEVIL STUNT DURING INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS IN BANGALORE.
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AN INDIAN ARMY OFFICER DRIVES THROUGH A BURNING RING AS HE PERFORMS A DAREDEVIL STUNT DURING INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS IN BANGALORE.

School students dressed as Jawaharlal Nehru during an Independence Day function in Coimbatore.
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School students dressed as Jawaharlal Nehru during an Independence Day function in Coimbatore.

Children performing during the 68th Independence Day function at Manek Shaw Parade Ground in Bengaluru.
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Children performing during the 68th Independence Day function at Manek Shaw Parade Ground in Bengaluru.

Peace activists lighting candle at Indo-Pak border in Attari on the midnight of India`s and Pakistan`s Independence Day.
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Peace activists lighting candle at Indo-Pak border in Attari on the midnight of India`s and Pakistan`s Independence Day.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao felicitating shuttler PV Sindhu during the 68th Independence Day function at the historic Golkonda Fort in Hyderabad.
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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao felicitating shuttler PV Sindhu during the 68th Independence Day function at the historic Golkonda Fort in Hyderabad.

Schoolchildren perform during Independence Day function in Agartala, Tripura.
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Schoolchildren perform during Independence Day function in Agartala, Tripura.

BSF personnel along with others dancing to celebrate Independence Day at the Indo-Pakistani joint check post at Attari..
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BSF personnel along with others dancing to celebrate Independence Day at the Indo-Pakistani joint check post at Attari..

Girl performers in a jubilant mood during the Independence Day function in Patiala.
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Girl performers in a jubilant mood during the Independence Day function in Patiala.

An Indian artist dressed as Hindu monkey-God Hanuman waits to perform during independence Day celebrations at Golconda Fort in Hyderabad.
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An Indian artist dressed as Hindu monkey-God Hanuman waits to perform during independence Day celebrations at Golconda Fort in Hyderabad.

Children performing at an Independence Day function in Gurgaon.
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Children performing at an Independence Day function in Gurgaon.

A man dressed as Mahatma Gandhi during the 68th Independence Day function at Fort St. George in Chennai.
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A man dressed as Mahatma Gandhi during the 68th Independence Day function at Fort St. George in Chennai.