India is celebrating its 73rd Independence Day on August 15. On the occasion of the national festival, Republic spoke to the Diwan of the Ajmer Dargah.
Speaking to Republic TV, Dargah Diwan Syed Zainul Abedin said: "See 15 August is a festival of nation. I appeal to the nation to celebrate this festival peacefully. Express your independence and embrace your happiness. In Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370, I appeal to them that they should celebrate the national festival peacefully similar to Eid. They should try to connect to the rest of India. This is not only important for them but for their upcoming generation as well. This will help them to prosper. The centre is giving them facilities. Pakistan has forgotten 1964, 1971 and Kargil war. UN is also saying it is bilateral. So that Pakistan must understand."
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also wished the nation on the day. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort, Delhi from 7:30 am onwards on the occasion of India's 73rd Independence Day on August 15. PM Modi will deliver his speech after hoisting the national flag at the Red Fort. Ahead of his Independence Day address, he will be paying tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at the Rajghat at 7.00 am.
President Ram Nath Kovind also addressed the nation on the eve of Independence Day and extended best wishes to the nation on the occasion. Remember the "countless freedom fighters and revolutionaries who struggled, strived and made heroic sacrifices to win us our freedom from colonial rule", President Kovind said that it is a "happy and emotional day for all children of Mother India, whether living at home or abroad".