India celebrates Independence Day

Indians mark the day they gained freedom from British colonial rule in 1947.

| India-Pakistan Partition, India, Asia

Indians have celebrated 70 years of independence with much fanfare.

The end of the British colonial rule in 1947 marked the creation of two independent states - Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan.

Independence Day, on August 15, is celebrated widely with flags hoisted in schools and colleges, and at government buildings and major landmarks.

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