Little boys and girls catching you at traffic signals and selling souvenir flags; the tricoulour displayed at every store; and a contagious buzz of excitement in the air. She may have had a troubled past, but today she reigns victorious, with the scars of the past gradually fading away.
'At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new...'
said Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India.
India is ready to celebrate her 64th year of Independence on August 15 this year. Every year, Independence Day is marked by tributes paid to our freedom fighters, and flag-hoisting ceremonies all over the country. The main event, though, takes place in the capital city, New Delhi, where the Prime Minister hoists the National Flag at the Red Fort and delivers a nationally televised speech.
Independence Day is not just another holiday. It is a reflection of our country's turbulent past and her journey since independence. It is a celebration of all her achievements and a time for all of us Indians to stir the patriot within each one of us.