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India celebrates independence day

Posted by பிரேமலதா மேல் ஓகஸ்ட் 15, 2007


Image courtesy BBC

Delhi’s Red Fort echoed to the sound of cannon as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh raised India’s flag, where the British flag was lowered forever in 1947.

Spirit of India

Nine-year-old Vipashayana Tanwar is among the lucky few invited to watch the celebrations.

Vipashayana (Pic: Geeta Pandey)

The British took away our gold and minerals and everything else

Vipashayana Tanwar

Her cheeks painted in the colours of the Indian flag, she says she is “very excited” that she will be able to see and hear the Prime Minister.

A student of fourth standard, she is yet to learn about the independence movement, but she does have some ideas of her own.

“I know we are celebrating 60 years of our independence. We are free from the British now. The British came here and told the Indians – you cannot manage your country,” she says.

“Then, they took away all our gold and minerals and everything else,” she adds.

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