India's Independence Day commemorated at the Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad

23 August 2011

On 15 August, 2011, a group of teachers, administrators and support staff gathered at the Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad to commemorate India's Independence Day.

The 15th of August is an annual holiday in India, celebrating its birth as a sovereign nation on 15 August, 1947.

Though the Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad would not open officially until the following day, on the bright, blustery morning of Independence Day a group of teachers, administrators and support staff gathered at the foot of the new flagpole on the Academy lawn.

The flag had been prepared and was ready for hoisting. John Puddefoot, the Head of Academy, spoke about the historical significance of the occasion before pulling the rope to release the flag. The saffron, green and white flag opened wide in the breeze to applause from the assembled group, cascading flower petals upon those who stood below. The Indian National Anthem was sung with gusto, and security guards gave the salute before everyone relaxed to enjoy drinks and local sweets.

The double significance of Independence Day coinciding with the opening of the new Academy was moving, and everyone who attended was proud to be part of the event.