Friday, August 15, 2003

Independent India is 56 and this is our 57th independence day

having surpassed the 1 billion mark ... in population in 1999, we have less cause for celebration. While rains doused out some of the enthusiasm greeting AB Vajpayee's address to the nation, the large turnout in Kashmir is heartening. Incidentally, Vajpayee also became (predictably) the first PM to recite his own lines at the Red Fort.

Patriotism and jingoism have been common themes in Bollywood. Dr Vaidyanathan takes a closer look as does Allen O'Brien.

Mr Bharat Manoj Kumar looks back at the making of Shaheed.

And on the downside: Vivek Mushran is slated to make his singing début

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