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Amar Jawan Jyoti”Merging, Not Extinguishing”, says the government

The government said there is a lot of misinformation spreading regarding the flame of the Amar Jawan Jyoti. The flame of the Amar Jawan Jyoti is not being extinguished. It is being merged with the flame at the National War Memorial.

The government has explained that the Amar Jawan Jyoti flame at India Gate is not being extinguished but being merged with the flame at the National War Memorial. The Government’s explanation came amid sharp criticism from the Opposition leaders over reports that the flame, that has been burning for 50 years, will be extinguished. 

Government sources said “There is a lot of misinformation spreading regarding the flame of the Amar Jawan Jyoti. The flame of the Amar Jawan Jyoti is not being extinguished. It is being merged with the flame at the National War Memorial.

Look at the History of Amar Jawan Jyoti, the Amar Jawan Jyoti was constructed as a Memorial honors for the fallen brave hearts, who fought for independent India against Pakistan, China, Sri Lanka which India won, leading to the creation of Bangladesh.

It was begun by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on 26 January 1972.

It is a memorial signified by an inverted bayonet and soldier’s helmet over it with an eternal flame burning beside it.

The flame that burns at the Amar Jawan Jyoti is kept alive all year. There are four flames on each side of the cenotaph. Only one flame burns throughout the year. However, on Independence Day and Republic Day, all flames are lit. Though liquified petroleum gas was used to keep the flame alive till 2006, it is now lit using piped natural gas.

The National War Memorial also has the names of all the Indian defense personnel who have lost their lives in different operations from the 1947-48 war with Pakistan to the clash with Chinese soldiers at Galway valley.

The names of soldiers who lost lives in the counter-terrorist operations are also included on the walls of the memorial.

Sources said the names written on the India Gate are of only some martyrs who fought for the British in the First World War & the Anglo-Afghan War & thus is a sign of our colonial past. 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. therefore it is a true shraddhanjali to have the flame paying tribute to martyrs there.

National War Memorial, which is just 400 meters away on the other side of India Gate.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on February 25, 2019, started the National War Memorial, where names of 25,942 soldiers have been written in golden letters on granite tablets.

 

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