HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY 2022: India will celebrate the 76th Independence Day on August 15 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will raise the national flag at the Red Fort in Delhi and address the nation. Every year, the Prime Minister of India hoists the tricolor at the Red Fort and since 1947 it has become an integral part of Independence Day celebrations.
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The hoisting of the national flag is a symbolic expression of India’s emergence as an independent nation and the end of British rule. The ceremony at the Red Fort is also an expression of gratitude and respect for the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for a free India. Hoisting the national flag at the Red Fort is a long tradition that evokes a sense of victory and pride in the compatriots.
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After hoisting the national flag, the prime minister delivers a speech to the nation. The Prime Minister’s speech to the nation from the ramparts of Lal Quila presents India’s progress and its path to the future as an independent nation.
Meaning of Prime Minister Hoisting the National Flag at Red Fort
When India gained independence, the country’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, commemorated the historic moment by hoisting the national flag over the Lahori gate of the Red Fort and delivering the “India’s rendezvous with fate” speech.
The vast complex of the 17th-century monument served as the main palace of the Mughal Empire until 1857 before the British overthrew Bahadur Shah Zafar. The British then demolished more than two-thirds of the Red Fort’s interior and turned the section into garrison quarters.
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The famous uprising of 1857 can be cited as one of the reasons why the monument became the flag-raising site as it resulted in the British authority temporarily losing control in some parts of India. The Red Fort and its inhabitant, Bahadur Shah Zafar, became the prominent symbol of the uprising.
Raising the national flag at the Red Fort became a custom after Prime Minister Nehru. Since then, every prime minister has done this to pay tribute to freedom fighters and to respect their martyrdom. The ceremony at the fort includes a guard of honor for the Prime Minister by the Delhi armed forces and police, the hoisting of the national flag, a 21-gun salute and the singing of the national anthem. Traditionally, the event ends with the release of tricolor balloons.
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