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I-Day celebrations at Delhi's Red Fort

Discussion in 'News & Politics' started by Nijasav, Aug 15, 2012.

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    A pleasant morning with clear sky lifted the patriotic spirits of Delhiites on Wednesday as they enthusiastically turned up in large numbers to celebrate the country's 66th Independence Day.
     
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    The clouds gave way to a brighter sky and the Sun rose from its slumber at around 7.15 am as the celebration was reaching its peak at the majestic Red Fort in New Delhi, in sharp contrast to last year when it was marred by heavy downpour.

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    Unprecedented security cover, that included tight vigil by gun-totting security personnel in and around the venue, did not dampen the spirits of the people.
     
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    At 7.20 am, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's cavalcade reached the Lahore Gate where he was received by Defence Minister A K Antony, Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju and Defence Secretary Shashikant Sharma.

    The defence secretary introduced the General Officer Commanding, Delhi Area, Lt. General Vijay Kumar Pillai, to the PM.
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    Then Dr Singh, accompanied by the General Officer Commanding, Delhi Area, Manvendra Singh, proceeded towards the saluting base where he unfurled the Tricolour from a closed enclosure.
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    There were no rains this time and the weather was pleasant, making the atmosphere more pleasant as school children jostled with each other to catch a glimpse of Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur.
     
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    Dressed in track suits, about 5,000 children from several schools of the national capital attended the celebrations which saw the participation of leaders like Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader L K Advani among others.


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    As soon as the cavalcade of the PM arrived at the venue, the children got up from their seats and waved excitedly at him.

    The children cheered when a large number of balloons were released in the sky at the end of the function to signal the spirit of true freedom.
     
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    Gun-totting security personnel were all over the Red Fort keeping a tight vigil on the area to thwart any untoward incident.

    Ankita, 11, who came to the venue at around 4.30 am, said she was "very much" excited to be part of the Independence Day celebrations and was "very lucky" to see the prime minister and other leaders.

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    "I have been excited about this for over a month. Though I had to get up as early as 2 am. I am overwhelmed to be here to be part of the ceremony," she said.
     
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    Here's wishing all the citizens of independent India a very Happy 66th Independence Day....Our freedom fighters made a lot of sacrifices for the India that we are living in now and it is in our hands to take care and make the best of what we have been blessed with.
     
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    Thanks for sharing those celebration pictures.. Happy Independence Day! :)
     
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    Sunita Williams hoists Indian flag in Space & Wishes all Indians a 'Happy Independence Day'.
     
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