NEW DELHI, INDIA
Anger over an army drive against Tamil separatists in neighbouring Sri Lanka, growing political unrest and continuing violence in Punjab state clouded India's independence day festivities on August 15.
NEW DELHI, INDIA
1. GV & SVs Indian Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi walking on to rostrum to take salute of assembled troops. (3 SHOTS) 0.15
2. LV & SVs Mrs Gandhi reviewing guard of honour. (3 SHOTS) 0.53
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4. SV PAN Mrs Gandhi on rostrum unfurling national flag. 1.10
5. GV Crowd. 1.18
6. GV & CU Gandhi addressing crowd. (SOT) (3 SHOTS) 1.34
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Background: NEW DELHI, INDIA
Anger over an army drive against Tamil separatists in neighbouring Sri Lanka, growing political unrest and continuing violence in Punjab state clouded India's independence day festivities on August 15. But Prime Minister Indira Gandhi put those issues behind her temporarily when she attended independence celebrations in the capital, New Delhi. She inspected a guard of honour and unfurled the national flag. Schools and colleges in South India's Tamil Nadu state were closed for a week to head off the Sri Lankan drive and angry politicians stormed out of Parliament in New Delhi after accusing Colombo of committing genocide against the island's minority Tamils. In the east coast state of Orissa three people died and five others were injured when police opened fire against crowds demonstrating against the Gandhi government and in Punjab six extremists died trying to shoot it out with security forces. Following the violence, state-run radio and television broadcast a speech by President Zail Singh reflecting the government's concern about the political situation. Singh, a Sikh, said disruptive forces had created disturbances in the country which threatened its progress towards the "eradication of poverty, hunger, ignorance and disease".
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