[email protected]: Curtain-raiser to Independence Day

India gearing up for its 70th Independence Day celebration

The future is in their hands

Indian children hold the national flag during an event at a school in Amritsar on August 12, 2017, ahead of Indian Independence Day. (AFP)

The castle

India achieved independence from British rule on August 15, 1947. Since then the day has been celebrated as Indian Independence day. (AFP)

The orange, white, and green

The National Flag of India was adopted on July 22, 1947 during a meeting of the Constituent Assembly. It became the official flag of the Dominion of India on August 15, 1947. The flag was subsequently retained by the Republic of India.
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V is for victory

Indian students perform during a full dress rehearsal for the 70th Independence Day at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Amritsar on August 13, 2017. (AFP)

Fortune favours the prepared

Indian security forces take part in a mock drill during the full-dress rehearsal for the 71st Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort in New Delhi on August 13, 2017. (AFP)

Practice makes perfect

An Indian soldier adjusts his headgear during the full-dress rehearsal for the 71st Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort in New Delhi on August 13, 2017. (AFP)

Always alert

An Indian soldier looks on as he stands before the start of the full-dress rehearsal for the 71st Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort in New Delhi on August 13, 2017. (AFP)

The thin red line

Indian Army officers walk during the full-dress rehearsal for the 71st Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort in New Delhi on August 13, 2017. (AFP)

One final touch

An Indian paramilitary officer adjusts the head gear of a colleague during the final dress rehearsal ahead of Independence Day celebrations in Agartala, the capital of northeastern state of Tripura on August 13, 2017. (AFP)

Mock drill

Indian security forces take part in a mock drill during a rehearsal at New Delhi's Red Fort, the venue for PM Modi's speech on Independence Day. (AFP)

Sunday best

Indian students dressed as Punjabi giddha dancers apply make up on each other during the dress rehearsal at Amritsar's Guru Nanak Stadium on August 13. (AFP)

N'sync

Indian soldiers hold a practice march at the Red Fort in New Delhi on August 13. (AFP)

Mera Bharat mahaan

Indian schoolchildren participate in the full-dress rehearsal at the Red Fort in New Delhi on August 13, 2017. (AFP)