India celebrates Independence Day
India celebrated its 67th independence Day on Thursday, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh unfurling the tricolor at the historic Red Fort here.
From the southern tip of India to the extreme fringes of north India, the nation is observing the day in every town and city, reflecting strong bondage and unity among the citizens.
Meanwhile, security has been tightened across the nation, including New Delhi, to thwart any possible terror strike on the Independence Day.
In New Delhi, the armed security personnel were keeping a tight check at every important corner of the city to avert possible terror attacks.
As a part of the security measures, hundreds of Closed-Circuit Televisions (CCTVs) have been installed in and around Red Fort where the PM addressed the nation on Thursday morning.
National Security Guard (NSG) shooters were deployed on high-rise buildings that are located near the Red Fort.
Thousands of Delhi Police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed in metro stations, railway stations, inter-state bus terminals, airport and market places, reports said.
Security has been beefed up in other states, including Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir.
Keeping tab on the mood of the day, TV channels and radio stations aired special programmes dedicated to the day.
Children and teenagers were seen painting tri-colors in their faces and participating in cultural events to mark the day.
Cultural programmes were conducted in various schools and colleges in the city where students performed small plays or sang patriotic songs.
Meanwhile, political leaders and celebrities from different walks of life wished the nation on the occasion.
Union Minister of State for Home RPN Singh tweeted,"Happy Independence Day to our great nation. The flag flying high from the rampart of the Red Fort."
Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) strongman Narendra Modi tweeted: "Greetings and best wishes to my fellow Indians on Independence Day. May our nation scale new heights of glory in the years to come! Jai Hind!"
Wishing the nation, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee posted on Facebook on Wednesday: "On the eve of the Independence Day, I salute our Nation, freedom fighters, countrymen, jawans, kisans, brothers and sisters and all our 'Maa, Maati, Manush'."
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan posted on Twitter: "On this day, let's pledge that we create a country that's free from hunger, poverty and all taboos of our society. Jai Hind."
BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said: "Happy Independence Day ,VANDE MATRAM."
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) architect Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: "Happy Independence Day. May we soon get independence from corruption."
Indian sports icons also greeted the nation on the occasion.
Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal tweeted: "Wishing Herbalife Independent Distributors all the very best inyour path of journey to success and a Very Happy Independence Day."
Cricketer Rohit Sharma posted on his Twitter homepage: "Happy Independence day. Proud Hindustani."
Indian Tennis icon Sania Mirza said: "Happy Independence Day it is India..Jai Hind."
Cricketer Virat Kohli tweeted: "Happy independence day to everyone. Lets liberate our thoughts and vision from today. Jai hind . This day has a different vibe altogether."
Indian spinner R Ashwin said: "Happy Independence day to all my Indian brothers and sisters across the globe.Jai Hind."
Cricketer Yuvraj Singh tweeted: "Happy independence day to all my fellow Indians! Salute to all our heroes for giving us our freedom."
Celebrities from the world of films greeted the nation as they posted their messages on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Wishing the nation, music composer A R Rahman tweeted: "My fellow Indians, wish you a very happy Independence Day. Jagaao Mere Des Ko."
Indian singing legend Asha Bhosle greeted the nation and said: "Happy 67th Independence Day. How happy are we ?"
Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan said: "Happy Independence Day! Vande Mataram."
Filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh tweeted: "Happy independence day. go the tagore way. free the mind."
Poet-lyricist-scriptwriter Javed Akhtar said: "Happy independence day . Today Let's bury all the hatchets and together sing our national anthem from the depth of our hearts. Jai Hind."
Actor Akshay Kumar tweeted: "I love my India! Proudly wearing the Tiranga to celebrate the precious freedom of our country."
In a short message, actress Madhuri Dixit said: "Happy Independence Day!!"
Actor Arbaaz Khan posted on his Twitter homepage: "Happy Independence Day ! Jai hind."
Actor Uday Chopra tweeted: "Happy Independence Day!!!"
Actress Dia Mirza said: "Happy Independence Day! We are Born Free :) "
Actress Mallika Sherawat posted: ""Happy Independence Day,proud to be an Indian."
Popular internet search engine Google celebrated India's 67th Independence Day by decorating its homepage with a colourful doodle on Thursday.
In the homepage, netizens could see a tri-coloured ribbon spelling out the word 'Google'.
(Posted on 15-08-2013)