After 50 Years, Eternal Flame Of ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’ At India Gate To Be Extinguished & Merged

When India went into war with Pakistan back in 1971, a lot of soldiers were martyred. Therefore, in memory of the brave soldiers who valiantly fought for the country, ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’ was constructed.

The memorial constructed under India Gate at Rajpath in New Delhi consists of a marble pedestal atop which stands an L1A1 Self-Loading Rifle with a helmet of an unknown soldier. It also has an urn on which a flame continuously burns. The names of the martyrs are also inscribed on the India Gate.

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On visiting the India Gate, one would immediately feel the energy and love around this memorial which makes our chest swell with pride and reminds us of the soldiers who courageously fought during the battle and got victorious.

However now, we won’t be able to witness the iconic burning flame at this spot as the government has decided to extinguish it and merge it with the perennial flame burning at National War Memorial that is dedicated entirely to the Indian Armed Forces, reported The New Indian Express.

Reasoning why they wanted to merge the two flames, the government said that the names of all Indian martyrs from all the wars are housed at the National War Memorial. “Hence it is a true ‘Shraddhanjali’ to have the flame paying tribute to martyrs there.”

This is how people felt about the relocation of the iconic eternal flame.

The second “Amar Jawan Jyoti” was installed at the National War Memorial on 25th February 2019.

Indeed, India Gate won’t be the same again without the eternal flame. “Why can’t we have both the flames burning?” people asked. What do you think?

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