New Delhi, Aug 15: As India celebrates its 72nd Independence Day on August 15, thousands of Indians across the world proudly celebrated this day with the tricolour fluttering high and the national anthem reverberating at Indian missions abroad. In India, today's events started with Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoisting the Tricolour, followed by his address to the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort in Delhi.
PM Modi addressed nation from Red Fort
In his last Independence Day address ahead of the next Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke at length about the progress India has made under his government and asserted that its rise is being hailed by the world.
Sudarsan Pattnaik's beautiful sand tribute
Padma Shri-winning sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has created a beautiful sand tributeat the Puri Beach in Odisha to mark India's 72nd Independence Day. #HappyIndependenceDay to all my countrymen," he wrote on Twitter, sharing a picture of his sand sculpture.
WB CM Mamata Banerjee hoists the national flag in Kolkata
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee hoists the national flag in Kolkata. Earlier, Banerjee paid rich tributes to the nation on the eve of the 72nd Independence Day. "Salute to our great nation and all my brothers and sisters. Like every year, we will be celebrating 'Freedom at midnight... Jai Hind. Bande Mataram Independence Day India," Banerjee wrote on Twitter.
1000m Indian flag was unfurled in Surat
A 1000m Indian flag was unfurled in Surat, Gujarat to mark the 72nd Independence Day celebration.
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh slams Modi for his Independence Day speech, says PM is misguiding people
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh slams Modi for his Independence Day speech and says that the prime minister is misguiding people with his false promises. He also said that the speech seemed like an election rally address than an Independence Day speech.
US Ambassador to India Ken Juster tweets wishes on Independence Day
US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster tweeted wishes on Independence Day.
Meira Kumar urges nation to remember cause of freedom from colonialism
Former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar tweets, On Independence day we salute those who fought for the cause of freedom from colonialism, injustice and oppression. Their sacrifices continue to inspire us.''
Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis unfurls the flag in Mumbai
Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis unfurled the tricolour in Mumbai. Meanwhile, police have been put on high alert for Independence Day across Mumbai with maximum number of personnel deployed for patrolling and vehicles coming into the city being frisked at all entry points, a senior official said on Wednesday
In a first, Indian flag hoisted in Fiji on 72nd Independence Day
Fiji is the 1st place where Indian Tricolour was hoisted today. INS Sahyadri paraded the Guard and the flag was hoisted by Vishwas Sapkal, High Commissioner of India to Fiji, with Capt Shantanu Jha, CO INS Sahyadri and Capt Manish Rai DA
India, Bangladesh security personnel exchanges sweets at the border
ndian and Bangladesh security personnel exchanged sweets at the border on Independence Day on Wednesday. Earlier, ahead of the Independence Day, Indian authorities had asked security forces to increase vigil along the international borders with Bangladesh and Myanmar, officials said on Monday.
APJ Abdul Kalam's elder brother unfurls flag at his Rameshwaram house
Mohammed Muthu Meera Lebbai Maraikayar, the elder brother of APJ Abdul Kalam unfurls Tricolour at Kalam House in Rameswaram.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal unfurls the Tricolour at Chhatrasal Stadium
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal unfurls the Tricolour at Chhatrasal Stadium and also sang 'Hum honge kamyab' song.
Ram Nath Kovind pays tribute at Amar Jawan Jyoti
President Ram Nath Kovind pays tribute at Amar Jawan Jyoti. Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa are also present.
Rahul Gandhi unfurls the Indian flag at AICC headquarters
Congress President Rahul Gandhi unfurls the Indian flag during the 72nd Independence Day at AICC headquarters, in New Delhi on Wednesday
Raghubar Das waves the crowd while inspecting the parade
Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das waves the crowd while inspecting the parade during 72nd Independence Day celebrations at Morhabadi Ground in Ranchi on Wednesday
Celebrating Independence Day amid Kerala rains
Despite the floods in Kerala, Indian Oil Corporation hoisted flag amid waterlogged roads.