New Delhi : The centre doused Amar Jawan Jyoti, the eternal flame in memory of soldiers martyred in the 1972 India-Pakistan war. Former defence personnel and political leaders have expressed protest against the move.
At an event held Friday, Amar Jjawan Jyoti was merged with the flame at National War Memorial by carrying flame from its torch to the fire burning at the latter memorial. CISC Integrated Defence Staff Chief Air Marshall BR Krishna helmed the ceremony.
“The eternal flame at India Gate is part of India’s conscience” said former Air Vice Marshall Manmohan Bahadur. “The generation including me and you have paid homage to the eternal martyrdom of soldiers at that site. This current move should be recalled, “ said the ex-Vice Marshall in his tweet, tagging the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The sacred eternal flame of Amar Jawan Jyoti should not have been put off said Retd. Col. Rajendrabahadur. Despite thinking inside out, one fails to understand why the BJP govt should have doused the flame, said former Lt. General Kamaljith Singh. The act is unacceptable, said ex-Lt. Col. Anil Dhudhan. The turn of event is saddening, said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in his tweet.
The Amar Jawan Jyoti was lit at India Gate on instructions of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1971. From then on, the country’s Prime Ministers, Presidents and service chiefs would paid homage at the site on the Republic Day. However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi began paying tribute at National War Memorial commissioned in 2019 inside the India Gate complex.