Okhla celebrates Independence Day with patriotic fervour. Like across the country, Independence Day was celebrated with great patriotic fervour in OKhla, a deprived locality of Delhi lacking in basic amenities and creaking infrastructure. Several residents got up early morning to so as to participate in I-Day celebrations held in Jamia School today.
The tricolour was hoisted by university vice chancellor at about 9 AM in front of a large gathering of residents, students and teachers.
A group of residents under the leadership of Sheikh Jilani took out Independence Day walk in the locality distributing flags among residents. The flags were hoisted in several parts of the locality. Several events have been lined up to be held tomorrow, including a lecture of JNU’s Kanhaiya Kumar in Batla House organised by a local group. Since morning several residents shared I-Day wishes through SMSs and WhatsApp and on other social media platforms with their friends and relatives.
Parents turned up with their children at Jamia. Also, to celebrate the day, kite flying competition was held at Bhopal Ground at about 11:45 AM.
JMI is having a fortnight-long “Azaadi 70” (“Independence 70”) celebrations since 9th August during which cultural programmes, essay writing contests in Urdu, Hindi and English, painting competitions, solo singing contests, kite-flying are being organised. On the concluding day, August 23rd, Prof. Talat Ahmad will give away cash prizes and certificates of participation to students.