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India to celebrate 70th Independence in style

India to celebrate 70th independence on 15 August as ‘AZADI 70 Yaad Karo Qurbani’, which will be held for two weeks in the month of August. The proposal has been made by Venkaiah Naidu, Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation.

According to the Press Information Bureau of the Government of India, the two-week program will commence from August 9 till August 23. According to Naidu, the celebration of Independence will help to infuse patriotic fervor amongst youth and children.

“In order to integrate the celebration/joy of independence with the spirit of a vibrant and young India, the Government proposed to organize a 15 Day event commencing from August 9 to August 23 based on the theme “Aazadi 70 Yaad Karo Qurbani”, said the minister.

“The two-week event would showcase the plurality and diversity of India through various modes and platforms incorporating the voices and sentiments of the people. The celebrations will also infuse patriotic fervor in the hearts and minds of the youth and children of the country”, added Naidu. The Minister stated this while addressing a press conference on the “70 Years of Independence” here today.

Central Ministers and important leaders have been asked to visit the birth places of National Icons and historical places with importance related to India’s independence movement such as Jallianwala Bagh, Chauri Chaura, Cellular Jail, Sabarmati Ashram, Dandi etc.

The government have identified around 150 such places and each state would be visited by at least two Central Ministers. Three days prior to the Independence Day, on August 18, female ministers would be visiting border areas and will tie Rakhi to soldiers on Raksha Bandhan Day.

Government has also decided to felicitate the families of the martyrs, freedom fighters, INA heroes and ex-soldiers who had been conferred with gallantry or bravery awards.