The Telangana government has taken a unique step to sing the national anthem at 11:30 today . As part of a two-week long ‘Swatantra Bharata Vajrotsava Dwisaptaham’ celebrations that kicked off on August 8, the state government had appealed to its people to participate in ‘Telangana Rashtra Samoohika Jateeya Geeta Alapana’ – mass singing of the national anthem, across the state. The people at 11:30 am started singing the national anthem standing wherever they are, maybe the market, offices or other places.
Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao joined the public at GPO Circle. He had already directed the police department and Director General of Police M Mahendar Reddy to plan and organise the event.
The traffic police department had turned all traffic signs to red at 11.30 am bringing a complete stop to vehicular traffic.
As part of celebrating the 75 years of India’s independence, the state had also distributed 1.2 crore national flags. Also screened Richard Attenborough’s film ‘Gandhi’ for school children at 563 movie theatres, and conducted tree plantation drives and freedom runs. The state’s celebrations will end on August 22.