India Gate Amar Jawan Jyoti News: Some people are opposing the decision to shift the Amar Jawan Jyoti built at India Gate to the National War Memorial, while some are calling it the right decision. Let us know what is the opinion of ex-servicemen
The decision to merge the burning Amar Jawan Jyoti under the India Gate into the National War Memorial is getting different reactions. Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi has opposed this, while many retired army officers are calling it the right step. He says that as long as there was no war memorial, it was right to remember the soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice in the war with the help of Amar Jawan Jyoti, but now that the National War Memorial has been made, it should be made separately for Amar Jawan Jyoti. No need to keep.
Former Deputy Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen (Retd) BS Yadav, who participated in the 1971 war, has also supported the decision to shift Amar Jawan Jyoti . He said, ‘When our government had ordered to build a memorial in the form of Amar Jyoti, in the memory of our warriors and jawans, immediately. We did not have a war memorial at that time. Now that we have a National War Memorial, it would be appropriate that Amar Jawan Jyoti should be merged inside the War Memorial itself.
Where the names of our martyrs are burnt, Amar Jawan Jyoti,
Major General (Retd) GD Bakshi said that where the names of all our soldiers are inscribed, it is absolutely appropriate to go to Amar Jawan Jyoti. He said,
‘After the victory in the 1971 war, the armed forces demanded to build a war memorial, then the then government said that it would be a waste of money. Then the Amar Jawan Jyoti was established under the India Gate in the memory of the soldiers who died in the First World War and paid tribute to the martyred soldiers of 1971 war. The purpose of making Amar Jawan Jyoti was immediate. The vision was that whenever our War Memorial would be built, it would be shifted there. After 70 years war memorial was built, some people are saying that Amar Jawan Jyoti should not be shifted there. But, there should be only one war memorial in the country and the celebrations should also take place there.
He said that the India Gate of the British cannot be given the importance of the National War Memorial of our government. General Bakshi said, ‘Those who say that Amar Jawan Jyoti is associated with people’s feelings, then you can keep it there, but the celebrations should be held in the National War Memorial only. From the 1947-48 war, the Goa operation, the 1962 operation, the 1965 war, the 1971 war, the Kargil war, the names of the soldiers who lost their lives in Galwan and the freshly martyred are inscribed there. The names of each of our martyr jawans are inscribed on the same site. So if anyone wants to give priority to the British War Memorial over the National War Memorial, I am not in support of that.
Former DGMO of the Indian Army, Lieutenant General (Retd) Vinod Bhatia said, ‘Today after 50 years, Amar Jawan Jyoti is being merged into the Jyoti of the National War Memorial, it is a very good decision because the British at Amar Jawan Jyoti (India Gate)’ The name of Indian soldiers is they were our ancestors.
Brigadier (Retd) Chittaranjan Sawant, who performed the Republic Day parade on 26 January every year, welcomed the decision to merge the Amar Jawan Jyoti into the National War Memorial. He said, ‘India Gate is a war memorial built by the British. Below that the Amar Jawan Jyoti has been built for our soldiers who were sacrificed in the 1971 war. At the same time, the National War Memorial has been built in the memory of the soldiers who lost their lives since 1947. Amar Jawan Jyoti will also join the National War Memorial.
Former Navy Chief Admiral Arun Prakash said, ‘The British built India Gate in memory of 84,000 soldiers who died in World War I and the wars before that. Later, Amar Jawan Jyoti was made on a temporary basis. Now we have the National War Memorial. So, now it would be appropriate to join Jyoti there.’
Wrong to extinguish the flame of Amar Jawan Jyoti
However, Congress MP Manish Tewari has opposed the decision, matching the voice of party leader Rahul Gandhi. He said, ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti has a special place in the conscience and mentality of the people of India, so by extinguishing the flame of Amar Jawan Jyoti, it is being mixed in the flame of the National War Memorial, this national tragedy and an attempt to erase history. Is.’
The flame is not extinguished,
the place is changing, while government sources say that the flame of Amar Jawan Jyoti is not extinguishing. It is being merged into the flames of the National War Memorial. It was strange that the flame of Amar Jawan Jyoti paid tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives in 1971 and other wars, but none of their names are present there. The names of all Indian soldiers who lost their lives in all wars including 1971 and before and after wars are kept in the National War Memorial, so it is a true tribute to the Jyoti giving to the Indian soldiers who lost their lives in the war.
“It is ironic that those who did not build a National War Memorial for 7 decades are now creating a ruckus when a lasting and appropriate tribute is being paid to our Indian soldiers who lost their lives in wars,” he said. It should be noted that the Amar Jawan Jyoti under India Gate was established by the Indira government in the memory of 3,843 soldiers who were martyred in the Bangladesh War of 1971.