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3 Pictures that capture Indian Independence Day in Jaipur

As we celebrate India’s Independence Day today, let me share with you 3 images from Jaipur that captures this occasion.

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Small kid in army uniform with Indian flag in his hands.

I shot the above picture at a recently held “Know your army” exhibition in Jaipur on Indian Independence Day. Indian army’s Sapta Shakti unit had organized a two day event whereby they had displayed a large number of equipments like armament & surveillance devices, night vision binoculars, mobile operation theater, tanks, anti-aircraft guns, laser markers etc. for kids and the public. I will share more on that in a separate post.

This kid was accompanied by his grandparents. I was told that the army dress donned by the kid was specially stitched for independence day. Proud grandfather made him stand on an artillery ferrying army truck & clicked his picture on his mobile phone. I’m posting another picture of this kid with his grand parents later in this post.

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Cardboard cut out of soldiers at a Amar Jawan Jyoti Shahid Smarak souvenir shop, Jaipur

This picture is dedicated to soldiers of Indian Army who are always on guard to ensure that we all lead a normal life. Our neighboring country is well-known for their only export – Trained Terrorists & ultras! They are sent with a mission to cause maximum causalities and loss of life!! Indian army & Border Security Forces ensures that they don’t infiltrate the borders.

The above picture captures cut outs which is part of the facade of a souvenir shop at Martyr’s Memorial with a reflection of Shahid Smarak (Martyr’s Memorial) Amar Jawan Jyoti in Jaipur.  The souvenir shop is part of a museum at Marty’r Memorial.

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This word “Eternal Soldier” carries so much meaning. It celebrates the spirit of a soldier who is ever ready to lay his life for the country.

The credit for India’s Independence movement goes to many freedom fighters, many of whom laid their life fighting for an Independent India. Since the current generation has never seen or heard much about them, they lack the connect which their grand parents or parents experienced with freedom fighters and leaders. In this context, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that people relate Independence better with Indian army since the Kargil war with Pakistan took place less than 20 years ago.

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Here are bonus pictures.

First picture captures a kid with his grandparents. I have already shared a picture of this kid in this post.

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Cute kid with his grand parents at Indian army exhibition

Second picture – Shahid Smarak. it was posted in the previous post; click here to read this post.

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Shahid Smarak – Amar Jawan Jyoti, Jaipur

 

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35 thoughts on “3 Pictures that capture Indian Independence Day in Jaipur

  1. Great picture and expression of the cute kid to start the post, children truly bring out the excitement and celebration this great day requires. The child might not know or rather understand the importance of the day, but is proudly holding fort in his new smart army dress for his grandparents, love the grandparents for their enthusiasm.:)
    Happy Independence Day, Arv.

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    1. This was first thing that I liked in this exhibition Ashu. Yes kids are most excited lot. We adults are so preoccupied with our thoughts and problems that we lose our real self! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and views

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    2. Though the kid may not know what this all means at the moment, but the memories of his grandparents taking him and him holding tricolour will be forever etched in his mind. And for him this day and the concept behind it will always be revered.

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  2. Happy Independence Day to you! I come from a ‘defence family’ as they say… we have men in all three forces: Army, Navy and the Air Force. I like your coverage and the gratitude and acknowledgement you have shown to all the freedom fighters and the defence forces.

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    1. Thank You Joy!
      It’s a matter of pride that your family has men serving in all three wings of Indian force.
      I feel that men in uniform deserve more acknowledgment for their work than what’s being extended to them. We have seen their might in kargil war, uttrarakhand mayhem and Kashmir floods recently. A big salute to Indian army!
      Do make a post on how you feel. It’s least we all can do! 🙂

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    1. Thank You Alok! I’ll post on the exhibition as well.it was amazing to see kids jostling up on tanks, equipments and arms with excitement. soldiers were too happy to explain it all! where else can you see this interaction with army? It was great!

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  3. I loved the photos. And i don’t think they lack depth. They are each holding a meaning. I remember going to a similar kind of a exhibition held in Ahmedabad after Kargil war. I went there with my parents and my father made me talk with some of the soldiers. I can never forget the vigour I saw in their eyes for the nation. Thank you for sharing these photos. Every effort by every indian to celebrate their wealth of freedom is valuable.

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    1. It’s great to know about your own experience Mana. I think these exhibitions by Indian army are great effort to show a common man what they are doing for the country. It’s an eye opener and bridge building exercise.

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  4. We all celebrate Independence Day of our countries. But not everyone thinks what was the price for this Independence? Why do we have what we have? Who made it possible to celebrate the day of the country? Thank you for this post which is quite different from the others, usually posted with salutes, parades and smiling faces…
    On 24th of August we have Independence Day of Ukraine, so I just get inspired to do something familiar – look behind the scenes of the Independence Day.

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    1. Lidiia..Independence day in India is a big event. It is usual to remember the early freedom fighters who fought for India’s freedom from British rule along with countless soldiers who gave up their lives in wars against Pakistan. We also need to thank the soldiers who battle tough conditions everyday to ensure we live in peace.
      It’s interesting to know about Independence day in Ukraine. I suppose Ukraine must have gained freedom around 1990?
      I’ll look forward to your post. It’ll be interesting to see what you’ll showcase in your post since you’re accomplished photographer. Every time you show a new side of Ukraine! Thanks for sharing your views Lidiia! 🙂

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      1. we are way more young than India and our Independency from Soviet Union started in 1991. Ukraine is relatively small country and was suffering from neighbours. I’m not that good in history as you are, but I really want to find something worth sharing in respect to our Independence Day. Thank you for inspiration and motivation ❤

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    1. Thank You Akash! I read and gave you my suggestions. build your blog well with good content, you’ll love the experience of blogging!
      BTW how did you reach out to my blog post? 🙂

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