Briefly after coming to power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had assured the nation that the country would have a war memorial for the soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for the country post-independence. This commitment has been delivered as today, the National War Memorial is being dedicated to the nation. No nation which aspires to stand strong on the global forum can ignore the might of its military and the sacrifices the forces make. But for India, it took Modi government to deliver this longstanding demand, a demand which had been hanging for decades. Now, National War Memorial proudly stands at the India Gate complex spreading over 40 acres.
Honoring the Post-Independent Martyrs & Heroes
Earlier, we were paying our tributes to our martyrs at the India Gate. It had been built by the British to pay tribute to the Indian soldiers who had sacrificed their lives in World War 1. So now the nation needed a war memorial that particularly remembers and pays tribute to the soldiers who were martyred post-independent India. The National War Memorial pays tribute to soldiers who laid down their lives during Indo-China War in 1962, wars against Pakistan in 1947, 1965, 1971, the Indian Peace Keeping Force Operations in Sri Lanka, and 1999 Kargil war. In its design and scale, National War Memorial is a state-of-the-art world class architecture.
National War Memorial- Things We Need to be Proud of
- The concept of the National War Memorial is based on the notion of four concentric circles, which depicts the journey of a soldier from the time he wears the uniform for the first time to his martyrdom.
- There are four circles, the first being ‘Amar Chakra’ consisting of a pillar and the ever-burning flame in the remembrance of soldiers. Then ‘Veera Chakra’ depicts the story of valour on the wall. The ‘Tyag Chakra’ circle has the names of martyred soldiers inscribed in golden letters. And ‘Raksha Chakra’ in the outer layer consists of tree cover to symbolise the spirit of security.
- The names of 25,942 battle casualties have been inscribed across 16 walls bearing the name, rank and regiment of the fallen heroes.
- Adjacent to the main complex, ‘Param Yodha Sthal’ has been developed which pays tribute to the 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees, informing the people about their story of bravery.
The Significance of a War Memorial
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his 53rd edition of Mann Ki Baat on February 24, had said that India not having a National War Memorial both surprised and pained him. The significance of this war memorial has been explained by PM Modi in his radio talk:
“If you take a holistic view, the National Soldiers’ Memorial is sure to turn out to be a sacred site, where people will throng, to get information on our great martyrs, to express their gratitude, to conduct further research on them. This place stands testimony to a series of sacrifices of men who laid down their lives for the sake of their country, so that we could live, so that the country could be safe & secure, paving the way for development.”
Here is a brief video that gives you a peek into the National War Memorial.
It can be recalled that in October 2018, the nation had got the National Police Memorial for the first time. Now, with the National War Memorial, another decades-long pending demand has been fulfilled. Thus, the country under PM Modi’s leadership is certainly following the right path in honouring the security forces.