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Preparations across country for 70th Independence Day celebrations

Independence Day will be celebrated across the country on August 15. India achieved Independence from colonial rule in 1947. At the stroke of the midnight, Jawaharlal Nehru, who went on to become the first PM of India, raised the tricolour above Lahori Gate of the Red Fort in Delhi. From that day, the tradition was repeated each year.

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Members of Jamait-e-Ulema-e-Hind take out a peace march on Sunday in Vadodara ahead of Independence Day. (Express photo by Bhupendra Rana)

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Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has directed all states to organise events in schools that help in creating a ‘patriotic mood’ and ‘mass fervour’ in the country. Apart from the customary oath, the Centre has advised schools to organise quiz competitions on the struggle for Independence and the country’s development, as well as painting competitions on the theme. (Express photo by Bhupendra Rana)
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The Uttar Pradesh government has directed all madrassas in the state to hold celebrations on Independence Day and videograph the event. According to an official circular, students will sing songs on nationalism and will be told about the history behind the day as well as about freedom fighters. Besides, cultural programmes will be organised on the theme of national unity, along with sports activities. (Express photo by Bhupendra Rana)
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Reacting to the directive, All India Muslim Personal Law Board member Maulana Khalid Rashid Farangi Mahli said to PTI, “If you (the UP govt) have issued the same order and directives for all schools, colleges and educational institutes, then we have no objection. If it is only for madrassas, then it seems to be an unusual order. If it is only in madrassas, does it mean that our patriotism is being suspected?” (Express photo by Bhupendra Rana)

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Students Of Anjuman E Islam High School rehearse for Independence Day in Ahmedabad On Sunday. (Express photo Javed Raja)