New Delhi, Jan 21: Reports started to surface after it claimed that the eternal flame of Amar Jawan Jyoti at the India Gate lawns will be extinguished forever after burning for 50 years. Such reports emerged as Opposition who always try to point fingers at every Centre's move, expressed their so-called sadness over this matter.
"It is a matter of great sadness that the immortal flame that used to burn for our brave soldiers will be extinguished today," Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet.
In a subtle jibe at the Centre, the Congress MP added, “Some people cannot understand patriotism and sacrifice - never mind We will once again light the Amar Jawan Jyoti for our soldiers.” Following this, the liberals who obviously have mastered to spread lies and misinformation raised question against this move.
As this baseless information started to mislead the people, the government clarified that the flame of the Amar Jawan Jyoti at Delhi's India Gate is not being extinguished and is only being merged with the flame at the National War Memorial.
"There is a lot of misinformation circulating regarding the flame of the Amar Jawan Jyoti," sources said. "It was an odd thing to see that the flame at Amar Jawan Jyoti payed homage to the martyrs of the 1971 and other wars but none of their names are present there. The names inscribed on the India Gate are of only some martyrs who fought for the British in World War 1 and the Anglo-Afghan War and thus is a symbol of our colonial past," they added.
The names of all Indian martyrs from all the wars, including 1971 and wars before and after it are housed at the National War Memorial. Hence, it is a true shraddhanjali to have the flame paying tribute to martyrs there, government sources said.
Ironically, the Congress party has never felt to pay a permanent and fitting tribute to ur martyrs and are trying to create a whole different propaganda through this Amar Jawan Jyoti matter. Till 2019, there was no National War Memorial, that honoured every Amar Jawan but it was under PM Modi's regime that such monument was built to pay homage to the fallen heroes.
Responding to this, the government hit out at the Opposition saying "It is ironic that people who did not make a National War Memorial for seven decades are now making a hue and cry when a permanent and fitting tribute is being made to our martyrs."
Several military officers have come forward to support this gesture of the central government. Lt. Gen. Vinod Bhatia (Retd.), former DGMO Indian Army said, "Today is a great occasion, the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate is (being) merged with the National War Memorial. It's a good decision. Time has come to shift the Amar Jawan Jyoti, to merge it with National War Memorial".
Lt Gen Satish Dua said, "It gives me great satisfaction that the eternal flame of Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate is being merged with the National War Memorial(NWM). As someone who had steered the design selection & construction of NWM, I'd been of this view all along.India Gate is a memorial to the fallen heroes of First World War. The Amar Jawan Jyoti was added in 1972 as we did not have another memorial. National War Memorial pays homage to the fallen Bravehearts after independence. All homage ceremonies had shifted to NWM already".
“I don’t want to get into the politics, but with all ceremonies now happening at the National War Memorial, it’s appropriate that the flames be merged. Not to devalue iconic India Gate, but now with the NWM, appropriate that the Amar Jawan Jyoti be there,” says Lt Gen D.S. Hooda.