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India celebrates 69 years of independence

Independence Day commemorates the nation’s freedom from the British Empire.

India celebrates 69 years of independence
Indian youth wave the national flag during a ceremony to celebrate Independence Day at the India-Pakistan Wagah border post on August 15, 2015. Indians are celebrating their Independence Day on August 15 after Britain ceded independence to the country in 1947. (AFP/Getty Images)
India celebrates 69 years of independence
Sikhs demonstrate their Gatka martial arts skills during a ceremony to celebrate Independence Day at the India-Pakistan Wagah border post on August 15, 2015. Indians are celebrating their Independence Day on August 15 after Britain ceded independence to the country in 1947. (AFP/Getty Images)
India celebrates 69 years of independence
Indian youth wave flags after a Flag Hoisting ceremony marking Independence Day in the Juhapura area of Ahmedabad on August 15, 2015. India celebrates its 69th Independence Day on August 15, 2015. (AFP/Getty Images)
India celebrates 69 years of independence
Indian schoolchildren celebrate Independence Day with national flags in the Juhapura area of Ahmedabad on August 15, 2015. India celebrates its 69th Independence Day on August 15, 2015. (AFP/Getty Images)
India celebrates 69 years of independence
A Kashmiri woman dances during an Independence Day event at The Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar on August 15, 2015. The anniversary of the partition of the sub-continent in 1947 is often a tense period in Kashmir, a picturesque Himalayan territory which has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule. (AFP/Getty Images)
India celebrates 69 years of independence
A Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP) motorcyclist rides through a burning hoop and a wall of glass tubes during an Independence Day event at The Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar on August 15, 2015. The anniversary of the partition of the sub-continent in 1947 is often a tense period in Kashmir, a picturesque Himalayan territory which has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule. (AFP/Getty Images)
India celebrates 69 years of independence
Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police (JKAP) personnel adjust their headgear before taking part in an Independence Day event at The Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar on August 15, 2015. The anniversary of the partition of the sub-continent in 1947 is often a tense period in Kashmir, a picturesque Himalayan territory which has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule. (AFP/Getty Images)
India celebrates 69 years of independence
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers dance during a ceremony at the India-Pakistan Wagah Border Post on August 15, 2015, held to celebrate India's Independence Day. Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned that corruption was eating away at India 'like a termite' as he used an Independence Day speech to pledge his commitment to eradicating graft and poverty. In an address from the ramparts of Delhi's Red Fort, Modi sought to silence growing doubts about his leadership after key reforms stalled in a rancorous parliament session dogged by allegations of corruption involving some of his top lieutenants. (AFP/Getty Images)
India celebrates 69 years of independence
Indian artists, police personnel and government officials from the southern state of Telangana watch as a flag is hoisted during celebrations of Independence Day at Golkonda Fort in Hyderabad on August 15, 2015. Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned that corruption was eating away at India 'like a termite' as he used an Independence Day speech to pledge his commitment to eradicating graft and poverty. In an address from the ramparts of Delhi's Red Fort, Modi sought to silence growing doubts about his leadership after key reforms stalled in a rancorous parliament session dogged by allegations of corruption involving some of his top lieutenants. (AFP/Getty Images)
India celebrates 69 years of independence
Indian artists from the southern state of Telangana perform during celebrations of Independence Day at Golkonda Fort in Hyderabad on August 15, 2015. Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned that corruption was eating away at India 'like a termite' as he used an Independence Day speech to pledge his commitment to eradicating graft and poverty. In an address from the ramparts of Delhi's Red Fort, Modi sought to silence growing doubts about his leadership after key reforms stalled in a rancorous parliament session dogged by allegations of corruption involving some of his top lieutenants. (AFP/Getty Images)