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India celebrates Independence Day

An Indian woman dressed as Bharath Matha (Mother of India) poses with a tricolour flag during India's Independence Day celebrations in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad, on August 15, 2012. Manmohan Singh used his Independence Day speech to promise to improve conditions for foreign investment in the country after a sharp downturn in economic growth. AFP PHOTO / Noah SEELAM

India celebrates Independence Day

15 August 2012

The nation's 66th Independence Day was celebrated with gaiety and enthusiasm with parades and cultural performances. Here are compelling pictures of Indians from around the country, celebrating 66 years of freedom.