India celebrates its 70th Independence Day on Monday, Aug. 15, and several programmes have been organised across the country for the occasion. However, the main celebration will, like every year, be held in New Delhi. India will showcase its cultural, military and artistic prowess in a programme on Rajpath that will be witnessed by the hundreds in attendance and tens of crores on TV and on the internet.
Like every year, the prime minister will deliver a speech from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort, in a tradition that enters its 70th year this time. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked people for suggestions to incorporate into his Independence Day speech, and it should be interesting to see what he speaks on.
He will also welcome a special guest of honour — usually the head of a state — and take the guard of honour from passing military contingents on both land and air.
This will be followed by tableaux, showcasing India's military power, and special acts by men and women from the armed forces. During the programme, Modi will also give out bravery awards to children as well as those from the security forces.
The celebrations will also see tableaux from different states and services, putting their best foot forward. Different art forms from various corners of the country will also be showcased.
The entire programme will be telecast live from 6:25 a.m. on various television channels. However, if you do not have access to a TV, you can do one of two things: watch live streaming of the entire programme right here, or tune in for the live updates and analyses of the entire programme.
Here is one place from where you can live-stream the entire programme:
Your other options include watching the live stream on the Independence Day official website or the Central government's official webcast portal. People interested in live audio streaming of the event can go to the latter link for live feed from the All India Radio, in case they are already not listening to it on a transistor or a similar setup.
There is another way the event can be watched, but this is restricted to the Narendra Modi app. Install and open app, and click on the four squares on the top right of the screen and choose "Watch Live." This should give you access to some, if not all, of the Independence Day programme.