India commemorates the 75th anniversary of its Independence from British control with the typical pride. India gained independence on August 15, 1947, after nearly 200 years of British rule.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoisted the national flag and delivered the annual address to the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi on the occasion of the country’s 75th Independence Day, known as ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.’
PM Modi’s arrival in the Red Fort
PM Modi was greeted by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt, and Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar upon his arrival at the Red Fort.
Following that, the Prime Minister was saluted by a joint Inter-Services and Delhi Police Guard.
Hoisting of the Indian flag
The national flag was hoisted after PM Modi viewed the Guard of Honour.
Two Indian Air Force Mi 17 1V helicopters showered flower petals as soon as Prime Minister Modi hoisted the national flag.
Theme for the 75th Independence Day
This year’s 75th Independence Day theme is ‘Nation First, Always First,’ in honour of our liberation warriors’ sacrifices for the country.
In March 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi started the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, to commemorate India’s 75th anniversary of independence. The celebration will continue till August 15, 2023.
Significance of India’s Independence Day
The significance of India’s Independence Day is that it serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made by numerous freedom fighters in order to achieve independence from British control. It is a national holiday that is traditionally marked with the raising of the tricolour, parades, and cultural events across the country.
On August 15, 1947, India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, raised the Indian national flag above the Lahori Gate of the Red Fort in Delhi. It is a tradition that the current Prime Minister has continued, followed by a speech to the country.