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India marks Independence Day with its secular, postcolonial image in tatters

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By ITN News Editor August 15, 2019 12:32

India marks Independence Day with its secular, postcolonial image in tatters

India on Thursday celebrates the anniversary of its independence from Britain, but the pomp and splendour cannot mask the country’s abuses in Kashmir and the shredding of its secular principles. Exactly 72 years ago, when the union jack was lowered from Delhi’s Red Fort and replaced by the Indian saffron-white-and-green tricolor, the world hailed the birth of a new nation that soon became a postcolonial beacon of secular democracy for countries emerging from colonialism.This year, India’s Independence Day ceremonies stuck to a template that has been followed for decades. Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoisted the flag at the Red Fort just as the country’s first premier, Jawaharlal Nehru, did on August 15, 1947.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor August 15, 2019 12:32

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