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Watch| How four ‘Midnight’s Children’ view 70 years of Indian independence

HT tracked down four ordinary Indians from four corners of the country who were born on Independence Day – August 15, 1947, and asked them questions about India and independence.

IndependenceDay2017 Updated: Aug 15, 2017 11:22 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Indepedence Day,The Red Fort,Narendra Modi
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus illuminated in tricolours on the eve of Independence Day , in Mumbai on August 14.(Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)

In 70 years, India has charted an incredible journey.

We established a democracy with universal adult franchise in a country with overwhelming poverty and illiteracy and managed to feed and sustain one of the largest populations in the world.

In this period, the country has witnessed some tumultuous moments, experienced festering problems and survived wars.

Most of what we know about this comes from books, television and historical records. But how different would it be if we tried to understand the country’s journey through the lives of individuals?

HT tracked down four ordinary Indians from four corners of the country who were born on Independence Day – August 15, 1947, and asked them questions about India and independence.

What is India’s greatest challenge? What was the country’s biggest turning point in the past seven decades? What is the one thing they would want changed about the country they love?

Join HT to find out how these ‘Midnight’s Children’ view 70 years of freedom. Happy Independence Day.

First Published: Aug 15, 2017 09:37 IST