India celebrates Independence Day

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Indian vendors look on as they sell Indian national flags and lapel pins to passing motorists and commuters on a street in Bangalore, 15 August 2007.
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An Indian child holds the Indian national flag on a beach in Mumbai, 15 August 2007, as India marks 60 years of Independence. India is celebrating its 60th anniversary of Independence from British rule.
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An Indian vendor displays his stock of balloons in the tri-colours of the national flag on a street in Bangalore, 15 August 2007, during celebrations marking the country\'s 60th Anniversary of Independence.
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Indian President Pratibha Patil (L) salutes along with Air Force chief of staff Air Chief Marshall Fali H. Major (R) at the memorial at India Gate in New Delhi, 15 August 2007, the occasion of India\'s 60th anniversary of independence in New Delhi, 15 August 2007. India entered its 60th year of Independence with the country\'s first ever female President.
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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrives at The Red Fort in New Delhi, 15 August 2007, on the occasion of India\'s 60th anniversary of Independence. Singh promised a six-billion-dollar package to bolster India\'s ailing agriculture sector as he launched celebrations for the nation\'s 60 years of independence. In a speech from the ramparts of the historic 17th Mughal-built Red Fort, Singh said farmers \'are the backbone of the country.\'
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Indian policemen prepare to march past at a parade in front of The Red Fort on the occasion of India\'s 60th anniversary of independence in New Delhi, 15 August 2007.
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Indian school children perfom in formation during celebrations marking India\'s 60th anniversary of Independence at the Red Fort in New Delhi, 15 August 2007.