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Calling It Early: These Hijras Singing "Jana Gana Mana" Is 2015's Best Independence Day Video

Because for some Indians, "freedom" still comes with conditions.

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Yathartha Pictures just uploaded a powerful video in which seven Hijras sing India's national anthem.

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Last February, India's Supreme Court finally recognised transgender citizens as belonging to a third gender, and made it mandatory for the government to provide them jobs and education quotas.


Urmi told BuzzFeed India that while she's been featured in several videos and documentaries, working on this one left her feeling particularly proud and hopeful.

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"I'm really thankful to the filmmakers who came up with this concept. It gives me hope to see members of the younger generation working for our community," she said. Urmi is an LGBT activist with the Humsafar Trust, a Mumbai-based NGO which promotes LGBT rights.

Sonal Giani, an advocacy manager at the Humsafar Trust, told BuzzFeed India that she is "happy to see young India take up the task of not only being creative but also conveying a very important message with their artistic skills."

Prominent LGBT activist Harish Iyer echoed her sentiment:

"With thriving young minds putting themselves in pursuit of building an equal world, I am convinced that there is still a beacon of hope that is burning bright."