Nagpur: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat hoisted the National Flag on the occasion of 76th Independence Day at the RSS headquarters here on Monday.
Reportedly, several RSS volunteers and pracharaks were present during the event which was held amid tight security.
RSS will carry out 'path sanchalan' (march past) in various parts of the city at 5 pm.
After hoisting the flag, Bhagwat also addressed the gathering and said that India got freedom after a lot of struggle and it needs to be self-reliant.
"Today is the day of pride and resolution. The country got freedom after a lot of struggle, it needs to be self-reliant," PTI quoted him as saying.
As per PTI, Bhagwat also said that the people should not ask what the country and society give them but should think about what they are giving to the country.
The country is celebrating its 76th Independence Day today and on this occasion, events are being held all over the country and the tricolor is being hoisted.
During this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the country on the 76th Independence Day. After this, he reached Rajghat and paid homage to Mahatama Gandhi and then he hoisted the tricolor from the ramparts of Red Fort.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that today we are facing two big challenges - corruption and nepotism. Corruption is hollowing the country like termites, we have to fight it. We have to raise awareness against 'nepotism' to realize the strength of our institutions, and to take the country forward on merit.
''When I talk about nepotism, people think that I am only talking about the political sphere. Unfortunately, this evil of politics has fostered nepotism in all institutions of India. This harms the talent of my country,'' he added.
Meanwhile, sweets were exchanged between Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers and Pakistan Rangers at the International Border at RS Pura in Jammu and Kashmir.
Besides this, Indian Army soldiers sang the National Anthem at Siachen Glacier after hoisting the National Flag on the occasion of 76th Independence Day.
The Chief Ministers of every state including Yogi Adityanath unfurled the national flag on the occasion of Independence Day.
On this occasion, 'Vande Mataram' was chanted by a group of men waving the tricolor at Srinagar's Lal Chowk.