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A kite market in celebration of independence day...
by Kriti Gupta

The great Indian democracy turned 62 this year. And the country celebrated this occasion with the same vigour as it does every year.

Prior to 15th August, several bazaars were organised with Independence day as the theme. These showcased all things Indian such as - chudis, mehndi, Indian street food and so on. There was a special kite gallery and even a space for Bollywood at some places.

Indian flags, kites and Bollywood...

On the day, the flag hoisting ceremony was held with Red Fort as a backdrop. The Prime Minister's speech focused on an integrated India that rejected sectarian politics. For most people though, it was a time to sit and home, laze around and enjoy the holiday (or take a vacation because of the long weekend).

Kite flying around this time predictably increased. However, on 15th August, the rain god played villain and dampened the spirits of kite flying enthusiasts in the morning. Later in the day, the weather cleared providing ample breeze for the sport and several competitions were held across the city of Delhi in celebration of Independence.

Independence has given us space to grow and freedom to breathe. Celebrations of this kind are only an ideal given the importance of this day in our history.

Impressions of India at 62

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August 15th 1947 - India kept its tryst with destiny and it has been 62 long, eventful years since then. The significance of this day goes beyond a public holiday or playing patriotic songs on the radio.

India is a country of great paradoxes and all that exists in between. Perhaps herein lies its uniqueness, permit me to move over the brouhaha about being a multicultural, multiethnic, secular country. At 62, India is young, very young and herein lies our hope. The Great Indian Dream. Let us on this Independence Day, neither celebrate or berate, just look within. There is reason to cheer and many more reasons to reflect.

How frequently do we demand freedom denied?

Is there good news for everyone or just a handful?

In our bid to move forward are we leaving behind many?

Have we created boundaries which are now impossible to get rid of?

How often do we trample over the ideals on which the country was created?

Let us think over all these questions and salute the resilient spirit of a billion people