India has become the second nation in Asia to mark independence day on July 6, as its economy rebounded from the devastation of the devastating monsoon rains in November, and a spate of recent terrorist attacks have put a strain on a country already reeling under the effects of climate change.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who announced the new date to mark the event in a video message to the nation, said that it was a day to unite the nation.
“Today is the day to honour the people of India who gave their life for their country.
To commemorate this day, we have decided to celebrate independence day with the nation,” Modi said.
“Independence day has been an indelible symbol of our nation’s progress, its progress towards independence, its resilience, and the triumph of democracy,” he added.
The announcement comes after months of public mourning, with many in India calling for the country to “celebrate independence day”.
A similar event was held on June 23, in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
“The nation is not in mourning for the people who have died and the families who have lost their loved ones.
But we have to make the sacrifices that have been made to liberate our country from the shackles of terrorism and to ensure that we don’t repeat the mistakes of the past,” Modi told the nation on June 29.