In Pics: PM Modi hoists tricolour at Red Fort as India celebrates 69th Independence Day

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday hoisted the National Flag from the ramparts of Red Fort on the ocassion of 69th Independence Day.

In his second Independence Day speech after taking oath as country's PM, Modi lauded Team India - a team of 125 crore Indians - for their efforts in the prosperity of the country and said the team will take the nation to new heights.

"This is Team India, a team of 125 crore Indians. This is the team that makes the nation and takes our nation to new heights," he said in his Independence Day speech.

"This country has progressed due to Team India. Had the world ever thought that when so many people become a team, it takes the country to new heights and saves the country," he said.

People from all walks of life were gathered outside the Red Fort premises amid tight security arrangements to participate in the flag hoisting ceremony and listen to the PM's speech.

Here are a few images of the I-Day celebrations at historic Red Fort.

Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort

PM Narendra Modi while hoisting the National Flag at the Red Fort. 

Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort

During his 85-minute-long speech PM Modi said the poison of casteism and communal frenzy have no place in the country.

Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort

Thousands of people from all walks of life were gathered outside the Red Fort to become a part of the event. 

Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort

After finishing his speech PM Modi went to meet the children gathered at the Red Fort to participate in the ceremony. 

Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort

PM Modi arrived in a turban to hoist the National Flag at the historical Red Fort. Tricolour is being hoisted on every I-Day from the ramparts of Red Fort ever since India got Independence. 

Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort

PM Modi took salute by jawans of all three wings of the armed forces before hoisting the tricolour. 

Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort

Talking about the Jan Dhan Yojana, PM Modi said, "Bank accounts are essential for integrating poor into the financial system, 17 crore people opened accounts under Jan Dhan Yojna."

Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort

School children were gathered at the Red Fort to participate in the I-Day celebrations. 

Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort

Members of the Parliament, bureaucrats and diplomats from other nations were also present during the flag hoisting ceremony at the Red Fort.

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