India's prime minister has called for an end to poverty during celebrations to mark the nation's 60th year of independence from British rule.
Speaking behind a bullet-proof screen at India's historic Red Fort in the capital, Manmohan Singh said independence will not be complete until poverty in India is eradicated. He also set a five-year goal to eliminate malnutrition and promised to expand access to education.
Celebrations took place under extremely tight security as officials reported threats from al-Qaida and Indian separatist groups.
As in the rest of the country, West Bengal also celebrated the occasion.
Goutam Gupta has the details.