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Flash Back - The 50th Anniversary of Indian Independence

The entire India is celebrating Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav  - 75 years of Independence. The special occasion has rejuvenated the spirit of nationalism in Indians and many events are being planned to commemorate the landmark. On this occasion, let me tell you the story of the celebrations happened on the 50th Independence anniversary in 1997 from the eyes of a 15 year old boy. Now, how did a 15-year was a witness to the grand celebrations that happened in Delhi in the night of August 14, 1997? In June 1997, Gujarat SSC board examination results were announced. To the surprise of many, this boy was a joint state topper. This itself is an interesting story, but let's do it some other time. The result brought invitations to many events in the life of that boy throughout the next year. Luckily the year was 1997, and the Indian government was planning to celebrate the 50th Independence anniversary in a grand scale. They had scheduled a grand event on the eve of Independence, and invited del