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Members of the Indian community assembled in large numbers outside the Indian Embassy in Washington and Indian Consulates in New York, Houston, San Francisco and Chicago to celebrate India's 73rd Independence Day.

Dressed in a white kurta-pyjama and a colourful turban, Modi arrived at the Red Fort to a thunderous applause from the crowd. He spoke for over 90 minutes from the ramparts of the 17th century Mughal citadel and touched upon issues like triple talaq, sanitation, importance of water and population control.

After unfurling the flag, Malik inspected the parade of para-military forces and Jammu and Kashmir Police.

While addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort, Modi said reforms will continue to be ushered in to help India break into top 50 countries on the 'ease of doing business' ranking.

"Let me reassure our Kashmiri brethren that we stand by them and Pakistan will continue to provide its political, moral and diplomatic support to their just struggle for self-determination," Khan was quoted as saying in the message read out by Acting High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah.

To wish your friends and family on this Independence Day, send them the message of love and unity, and revive the patriotism in you and around you, by remembering the martyrs of great India.

The 36-year-old IAF pilot had suffered injuries while ejecting from his MiG-21 Bison during the aerial combat between Indian and Pakistani air forces on February 27.