On the 75th Independence Day, the Red Fort in the national capital was completely decorated with tricolors, flowers and murals depicting important events leading to India’s freedom.
On the occasion of the celebration, petals were showered for the first time by MI-17 helicopters at the Red Fort, just before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech.
The entrance to the Red Fort was guarded by two mechanized elephants controlled by a man seated in each of them, which became a major draw for people who saw selfies clicking with them after the program ended.
After the Prime Minister’s speech, a bunch of tricolor balloons were also released from the Red Fort.
For the first time in 75 years, a domestically developed howitzer gun was also used during the Red Fort’s 21-gun salute.
NCC cadets were dressed in the traditional dress of their respective state and sat at the ‘Gyan path’ fence of the Red Fort that made up the Indian map.
Before leaving the premises, the Prime Minister also took a walk through the area where the NCC cadets were sitting and spoke to them. In a lively manner, dozens of people gathered outside the 17th-century Mughal monument wearing tricolor caps and national flags.
A total of 792 NCC (Army, Navy and Air Force) cadets from various schools from across the country took part in the festival. Speaking about their experience of Independence Day celebration at Red Fort, NCC cadet from West Bengal, Akash Jana said they were delighted to meet the Prime Minister after the program.
“We have been in Delhi for the past 15 days for this program. This was a huge opportunity for us and I hope we will attend such programs again. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech was very inspiring for all of us,” Akash said. Another NCC cadet from Punjab, Harpreet Kaur, said it was an exciting experience to attend the celebrations at the Red Fort.
“I loved the part when the MI-17 helicopters dropped petals and also when the balloons were released into the sky. It was a very exciting experience,” said Kaur. Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort after hoisting the tricolor, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the nation to develop hatred against corruption and those who surrender. to that vice, and against nepotism to set out with determination for a new India.
He also urged the people to make five promises over the next 25 years: to make India a developed country, to remove all traces of slavery, to be proud of the country’s heritage and unity, and to fulfill their duties.
Modi said gender equality is key to a united India as he stressed the need to expand support for ‘Nari Shakti’. Adding respect for women is an important pillar for India’s growth.
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