India today is celebrating its 68th year of independence, with processions and festivities across the nation.
Security has been tightened at key sites across the nation, including at Delhi’s Red Fort where prime minister Narendra Modi is due to hoist the national flag and deliver a speech.
In Chennai, a special Independence Day function is due to be held at the Madras High Court, while thousands are expected to throng Chennai’s Marina Beach to celebrate.
India’s independence was achieved on 15th August 1947 after a long and sometimes violent struggle against colonial Britain. Independent India’s birth was marred however by bloody episodes of civil strife relating to the partition of the subcontinent.
Pakistan marked its Independence Day yesterday.