Independence Day 2016
India celebrates its 70th Independence Day on 15 August Getty

India is gearing up to celebrate its 70th Independence Day on 15 August 2016, with renewed enthusiasm and patriotic fervour. This day is celebrated all over India with great joy; all Indians remember their national leaders and freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives to gain independence for the country.

This day in 1947 marked the end of India's struggle against British rule and the beginning of a new era for the country. In India's capital city of Delhi, a large number of people gather at the Red Fort, where the country's prime minister hoists the national flag, followed by a commemorative speech. The celebrations end with the recital of India's national anthem, the Jana Gana Mana.

IBTimes UK has compiled a list of ten quotes by leaders to celebrate this special day and make it more memorable.