Indian Independence Day Celebrations (2016)

India celebrates her 70th Independence Day

on 15 August 2016.

Celebration Of Independence Day In India

India attained independence from the British rule on 15 August 1947.

Independence day is celebrated as a national holiday in India.

The celebrations start off with the Prime Minister hoisting the national flag at the historic Red Fort in New Delhi, India's capital and the firing of 21 gunshots, in honor of the occasion.This is followed by his nationally broadcast Independence speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort.

Prior to this, on the eve of independence day, the President of India, delivers "The Address To The Nation" speech. This is telecast nationally and broadcast on the radio too.

The Historical Red Fort

Red Fort or Lal Qila where traditionally the Indian flag is hoisted on Indian Independence Day
Red Fort or Lal Qila where traditionally the Indian flag is hoisted on Indian Independence Day | Source


During his speech the Prime Minister focusses on the achievement of the government during the past year, mentions the issues that still need to be addressed and calls upon for further developmental efforts. Tributes are paid to the leaders of the freedom struggle.

The Indian national anthem - Jana Gana Mana - is sung. March past follows the speech with the division of the Indian Army leading and followed by the para military forces. Paraders and pageants which relive the events of the freedom struggle as well as the cultural traditions follow.

All state capitals hold events on similar lines with the Chief Ministers of the respective states unfurling the national flag followed by the ritualistic parades and pageants.

Schools & colleges also hold these flag hoisting ceremonies followed by the singing of the national anthem, which is then followed by holding of cultural events.

Important government buildings are adorned with strings of lights and the Indian tricolor - the national flag can be seen fluttering proudly from many houses and buildings as well.

Another interesting feature of the celebrations is the kite flying events that are held all over the country. The sky, on this day, is dotted with kites of various colors, shapes and sizes with many tricolored kites are seen flying.


India's First Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru


Jawaharlal Nehru India's first prime minister in his unique historical speech on 15 August 1947 said,

" Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny and now the time comes when we will redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.
A moment comes, which but comes rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends and when the soul of a nation long suppressed, finds utterance. We end today a period of ill fortune, and India discovers herself again."

How true and prophetic those words were.


The Indian Freedom Struggle - The Road To Independence (1857 - 1947)


Read in detail about India's freedom struggle.

The Indian Freedom Struggle (1857-1947)


The Indian freedom struggle has a history of almost 100 years.
It started with the Indian mutiny of 1857 which led to the end of the East India company's rule, the formation of the Indian National Congress, the Jalianwala Bagh massacre, the non Cooperation movement led by Mahatma Gandhi, the Simon commission, the Civil disobedience movement and finally the Quit India movement started by Mahatma Gandhi in 1942 followed by the partition of India by carving a separate state for the Muslims, called Pakistan.

This struggle for independence was a long and ardous battle during which 2 weapons were used;

  • Truth
  • Non violence.


National Telecast Of The Celebration Ceremony Of 66 Years Of Independence


Watch The Live National Telecast Of 15 August 2013.

Unique & Lesser Known Facts About India


Some of these are :

  • Chess, Algebra, Trignometry and Calculus are India's gift to the world.
  • The "Place Value" and "Decimal Value" systems were developed in India.
  • The Indian Ayurvedic system of medicine is the oldest medicine system in the world.
  • Navigation systems were developed in India.
  • The world's first university was established in India.
  • India was the only source of diamonds until 1896.
  • The Indian constitution is the largest written constitution in the world, with 395 articles & 8 schedules.

Read more interesting facts about India at this link.


The Indian Flag

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The Indian National Flag


The Indian National Flag is a horizontal three colored flag of deep saffron, white and dark green colors. Ashok Chakra, a 24 spoke wheel in navy blue color is at its center.

The Indian national flag is called "Tiranga" in Hindi. It is made of Khadi - a type of hand spun cloth, made of cotton or silk.

The saffron color represents courage, white; truth & purity and green; peace & prosperity. The Ashok Chakra represents the wheel of law or righteousness.

Dr S. Radhakrishnan, India's first Vice President and second President explained the symbolism of colors and the Ashoka Chakra in the Indian Tricolor thus;

  • "The saffron color denotes renunciation or disinterestedness. Our leaders must be indifferent to material gains and dedicate themselves to their work.
  • The white in the center is light, the path of truth to guide our conduct.
  • The green shows our relation to (the) soil, our relation to the plant life here, on which all other life depends.
  • The "Ashoka Chakra" in the centre of the white is the wheel of the law of dharma. Truth or satya, dharma or virtue ought to be the controlling principle of those who work under this flag.
  • The wheel denotes motion. There is death in stagnation. There is life in movement. India should no more resist change, it must move and go forward. The wheel represents the dynamism of a peaceful change."


The Indian National Anthem


Jana-Gana-Mana - this song was originally composed in Bengali by Rabindranath Tagore. It was adopted in its Hindi version by the Constituent Assembly as the National Anthem of India on 24 January 1950.

Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali poet, philosopher, artist, playwright, composer and novelist and India's first Nobel laureate.
He was affectionately called Gurudev.


The Indian National Song


The National Song of India, Vande Mataram, was composed in Sanskrit by Bankimchandra Chatterji.
It was a source of inspiration to the people during their struggle for freedom.

It has the same status as Jana-Gana-Mana, the National Anthem.


India's National Symbols


  • National Animal..............................................................Tiger
  • National Flower...............................................................Lotus
  • National Fruit...................................................................Mango
  • National Tree...................................................................Banyan Tree
  • National Game.................................................................Hockey
  • National Bird....................................................................Peacock
  • National Language...........................................................Hindi


Some More Information



Many Indian film makers have over the years made several feature films with Indian Independence as the theme. Patriotic songs have been a constant feature of these movies. On independence day, patriotic songs are broadcast on TV and radio channels. Patriotic films are also broadcast on TV.




Many literary creations both in prose and poetry have been inspired by independence and the partition of the country. Some notable ones being;


Literature

  • Khushwant Singh - Train to Pakistan.
  • Short stories like Toba Tek Singh by Saadat Hassan Manto.
  • Poems by Faiz Ahmed Faiz.
  • Freedom at midnight by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre.


Hindi movies

  • Dharamputra (1961)
  • Garm Hawa (1973)
  • Tamas (1987)



A Pledge All Indians Must Take


India is the world's largest democracy with a rich cultural heritage.

Today, when the tricolor flutters in the sky, let each one of us reaffirm our faith to bring glory to the country and strive to make India a nation that stands for human values.

Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo

About The Song Ae Mere Watan Ke Logo


  • Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo - is an Indian patriotic song written in Hindi by the Indian poet Pradeep with music by C. Ramchandra commemorating Indian soldiers who died during the Indo-China war.
  • It was sung live by Bollywood playback singer Lata Mangeshkar, in the presence of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in New Delhi on the occasion of the Indian Republic Day in 1963, many months after the end of the war.
  • Nehru was moved to tears by the song as eyewitnesses say.
  • Poet Pradeep was a nationalist at hear and has penned very many patriotic songs for films.
  • All the artists and technicians involved with producing this song worked free and did not charge a dime for it.
  • Pradeep pledged the royalty of the song to the Indian War Widows Fund.

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dhannyya profile image

dhannyya 4 years ago

wonderful hub..so happy to see your writing about our nation..


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Just want to let readers know something about our country and its struggle for independence along with some tidbits of information that is unique to India.

I'm glad you appreciate my effort. Thank you.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Rajan, as a neighbor I'm passionate about Indian culture and tradition, which is very similar to Nepal, and history.

Though, it is too early, I wish you Happy Independence Day


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks for visit and the wishes too, Vinaya. Much appreciated.


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sujithbeta 4 years ago from Kerala, India

Nice hub rajan jolly. Happy independence day in advance . jai hind


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Jai Hind Sujith. Thanks for reading.


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healthylife2 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

Very interesting hub! One of the many fun things about HP is learning more about other cultures. Do they do fireworks in India to celebrate? Can I give back the gift of calculus? Voted up and shared!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

That was an amazing article. Thanks for sharing about the Independence day in India.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ healthylife - yes we do the fireworks but that is mainly reserved for the festival of diwali. Gifts are not given to be taken back,lol.

Thanks for reading and sharing.

@ unknown spy - glad you liked. Thanks for stopping by.


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Harsha Vardhana R 4 years ago from Bangalore

Thank you! Very patriotic and inspiring!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thank you very much, Harsha.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

What a neat look into the celebration and your country of India. I see the day is approaching, and hope it is a wonderful one for you and your family. Well-written as always my friend. I vote up, interesting, and sharing too.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks for the good wishes Christy. I'm happy I could share some information about my country.

Thanks for visiting and reading and sharing it too.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Happy Independence Day! I've always thought Indian culture as quite old, so it's interesting to think of it's Independence Day celebrations as being only a fraction of its history. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks, Alocsin for the read as well as the wishes. Wanted to share a bit of history with my readers. glad you liked and thanks for the support.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Happy Independence, Rajan. An awesome hub on a much deserved time of celebration.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks for the wishes TT. Glad you liked this hub. Thanks for reading and supporting.


arvind 4 years ago

a motivational one for all, great efforts...


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks Arvind.


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India

This hub came at the right time, really enjoyed reading and watching the videos. Happy Independence Day in advance my friend.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and videos dinkan. Happy Independence Day to you too.


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molometer 4 years ago

Hi Rajan,

Happy Independence day for the 15th.

So nice to hear an authentic side to the story of India.

These celebrations must remind people to be vigilant of all tyrants.

There are new ones in the World, as always there will be.

Excellent hubs with useful and interesting information as always.

Voted up.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Michael,

Today, we have to be wary of the tyrants within the country too. And,of course, the outside ones as always. Times are, indeed, going from bad to worse.

I'm so happy you appreciate the information.

Thanks for the Independence day wishes.

Thank you so much for reading and appreciating.


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Trinity M 4 years ago

What a wonderful and informative hub. My 7 year old son has been learning about Gandhi and is now also learning Hindi; he will really enjoy this hub as part of his lesson tomorrow. Voted up and useful.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

That's wonderful to hear. I hope your son's Hindi lessons are going well for him. How long has he been learning the language?

Thanks for reading and leaving your feedback.


ROUSHANKUMAR 4 years ago

very nice collection. thank you


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thank you Roushan.


maheshtcr1 4 years ago

happy Independence Day sir...............


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Mahesh, Happy Independence day to you too! Have fun.


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

An engaging hub on one of the landmark events of our country! Keep on sharing more of our culture with our friends worldwide! Keep up the wonderful work! Happy Independence Day, Sir! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & Socially Shared


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Happy Independance Day to you too, Ishwaryaa! Thanks for the compliments, the votes and the sharing. Much appreciated.


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Senoritaa 4 years ago

Vande Maataram


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myownlife 4 years ago from london

Wow great, happy independence day


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ Senoritaa - Vande Maataram.

@ myownlife - Thanks for the wishes.


saurabh singh 4 years ago

main THAILAND main born hua and i got study from india but now i m here iwant to go back to INDIA i miss india


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Saurabh thanks for your feedback. Glad to know.


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kishi85 4 years ago

Gr8 hub:)))


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Ryem 4 years ago from Maryland

I learned a lot from this article. I'm glad you shared it!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

I'm glad you found it informative and that I was able to share some aspects of my country's Independence history. Thanks for stopping by.


Karishma 4 years ago

Nice hub


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zsobig 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Wow, very interesting hub. This title caught my eye because in Hungary we recently (on the 20th) had our annual celebration of or country and I have dedicated a hub to that topic that day.

India is a very interesting and beautiful country, I wish I had the opportunity to visit it once. My husband was there a few years ago and he loved it. Eversince he wants to go back for a few weeks - this time with me to show me how real indian food is like, as I started to love the ones available in the UK :).

All in all, very informative hub, thanks for sharing.

Voted up + interesting!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ Karishma - thanks.

@ zsobig - glad your husband enjoyed his India visit. I'm sure you will enjoy both the visit and the food, a bit spicy though.

Thanks for reading and appreciating. I'll be reading your hub on Hungary too.

Thanks for the visit.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Beautiful read, rajan. Your hub reminded me of my history lessons while I was in school...you did so brilliantly.

Voted up as useful


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Ruchira, thanks for the fine compliments. I appreciate them and glad to see your continued support.

Thanks.


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jainismus 3 years ago from Pune, India

Great Hub as always, Thank you for sharing the information.

Wish a Happy Independence day to people of India.

Shared this Hub with Hub followers.


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Nepal has always been a good neighbor. Many Nepalese participated in the independence movement in Nepal. Happy Independence Day


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks, Vinaya!


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pinto2011 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

Hi Rajan! Very nice and informative article. Happy Independence Day.


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ladydeonne 3 years ago from Florence, SC

Happy Independence day Rajan! Hope you and yours have a good time . The (65th ) anniversary of your country is a milestone. You are on your way to (100). As always, great job!


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Harsha Vardhana R 3 years ago from Bangalore

Happy Independence Day, Rajan!

We need to remember the rich culture and diversity of the nation. Also about the sacrifices made by our forefathers in nation building.

Up!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@pinto-thanks and a very Happy Independence Day to you as well.

@Deonne-Thanks and I appreciate your stopping by.

@Harsha-certainly, this is an occasion to salute the freedom fighters. Wish you a very happy Independence Day as well.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Mahavir, thank you and a very happy Independence day to you.


Sagar 2 years ago

As far as I know, India doesn't have any national sport. In official records, there is no national sport of India. You can google if you think I am wrong.


Neeraj Raj 2 years ago

Happy Indepence day .------------------we need to remember the rich culture and diverisit of the nation also about the sacrifices made by our forfather in nation buildings up.------------------------the (67)anniversry of your country is amiliestone.


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cmoneyspinner1tf 2 years ago from Austin, Texas

WOW! Learned a lot about India in just one page with links to follow up on further research and study. Voted Up!


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rajan jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks cmoneyspinner1tf, for visiting and leaving kind and appreciative comments.


Niranjan Singh. kota Rajasthan 2 years ago

Hamari shan jaan Flag Jay Mata De


SAJID BARMAKY 2 years ago

SARE JAHAN SE ACHCHA HINDUSTAN HAMARA...I REALLY LOVE MY COUNTRY-INDIA WHO IS NOT ONLY UNIQUE IN MANY WAYS BUT HAVE RICH PAST CULTURE, ETHICS, MORAL VALUES AND LARGE DIVERSITY IN ALL RESPECT..PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN...JAI HIND..,SAJID BARMAKY, NEW DELHI 10.08.2014.


Manoj 2 years ago

Good sir

Nice job


satyen roy 2 years ago

Joy hind 'i am india


amitabh 2 years ago

Hi friends,

How Can I attend the independence celebration in delhi.


AMITABH 2 years ago

jAY HIND


chocolate 2 years ago

this is the vast informative and more interesting one in that i have seen thank u


shahid 2 years ago

happy independence day 15 august 2014

vandemathrama, jai hind,


Manoj Shandilya 2 years ago

Jai Bharat

Pls help to protect Bharat in small Villages.

Happy Independence day


Ganesh Kulkarni 2 years ago

जय हिंद.


pallavi Saurabh Bhatt 2 years ago

I am always proud to be an Indian i request to all the Indians start giving respect to womens from this 15th august 2014 and stop doing corruption & illegal things and try to give a complete freedom to women as well Everyone will eventually have their genetic code unravelled in order to treat ... Independent.so let's celebrate this 68th independence on 15th August Jai Hind.....


SELVAKUMAR DC 2 years ago

FYI our nation India; we don't have any national language.

Hindi and English are the official languages.

Anyway I like your hub...

Thanks for sharing.

Vande Mataram


facebook 2 years ago

68 independence day celebration in all over india


2 years ago

Shafeeq pk .I hope u ar maind and u ar heart for independence day...i am so happy too..


Dillip Sahoo 2 years ago

TODAY THE INDIAN LEADERS SHOULD PROMISE TO TALK & WORK HONESTLY FOR OUR COUNTRY. SOME LEADER ARE WORKING FOR PERSONAL BENEFIT IT IS TRUE. BUT IN front OF MIDIA TALKING LAI (JUHT/MITHYA)ASIF AN 2ND NATIONAL FATHER OF OUR COUNTRY. MOST OF THE LEATHER TAKING TIPS FROM INDUSTRIALIST IT IS TRUE, BUT THE THOSE LEATHER DO NOT ADMIT. LASTLY NOW THE POLITICAL LEADER ARE DISTUBANCEING ELEMENT IN OUR COUNTRY. IN THIS CONNECTION I SUGGEST TO LEADER"S LEADER TO SCUTING FROM PEOPLE TO SERVE THE INDEPENDANCE PEOPLE. BANDE MAA TARAM


A. NASIMUDEEN LEBBA, KANNANALLOOR.P.O.,KOLLAM,KERALA,SOUTH INDIA 2 years ago

WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY


prasanth sivan 2 years ago

I wish you a wonderful independence ahead to all my brothers and sisters jai hind jai


bizzy 2 years ago

I respect my India. I love my India


nipun roy 2 years ago

bharat mata ki joy.

n heppy independence day 15 august 2014

all hindustani people.


s k singh 2 years ago

mera bharat mahan !


joyee 2 years ago

bharat amar bharatbarsha swadesh amar swapno go

tomate amra labhiya janam dhanya hoyechhi dhanya go


MOHAN KUMAR AGARWAL 2 years ago

MAY THANK TO INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATE OUR COUNTRY TO ALL OUR CITIZEN . MANOJ KUMAR FILM SONG WE REPEAT MERE DESD KEE DHARTI SONA UGLE MERE DESH KE DHARTI SO ALL OF MY COUNTRY FRIEND AISA DESH DESH BANAO KE APNA DESH HAR CHETRA MAIN UNNATH HO AUR PUREA EARTH MAIN APNA DESH NAAM KARE JAY JAWAN JAY KISAN JAI HIND BANDE MATRAM BHARAT MATA KE JAY


yogendar singh from jharkhand 2 years ago

Wise you my oll indians happy independence day


Dr. Amit ku. Singh 2 years ago

I gratful thank's to independence day


ANKIT SINGH 2 years ago

HAI EVREY BUDY HAPPY Independence day to all my friend.


Kou$hik 2 years ago

Hindustan des hamera,joy hind!!!


sujit sathua 2 years ago

nice...


arun 2 years ago

Assam


geetha 16 months ago

how many year's of this independance day


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rajan jolly 16 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

69 th this year geetha.

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