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Amar Jawan Jyoti Put Out, Merged With National War Memorial Flame

The Central government said the flame at Amar Jawan Jyoti paid tributes to the martyrs of 1971 and other wars, however, none of the names who made that supreme sacrifice for the country were present there.

Air Marshal BR Krishna, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff, merges Amar Jawan Jyoti flame with flame at National War Memorial, in New Delhi, Friday, January 21, 2022. The Amar Jawan Jyoti flame at India Gate was put out after burning for 50 years. (PTI)

New Delhi: The Amar Jawan Jyoti flame at India Gate in Delhi was on Friday merged with the flame at the National War Memorial. The historical step comes days before the Republic Day. Explaining the reason behind it, the Central government said the flame at Amar Jawan Jyoti paid tributes to the martyrs of 1971 and other wars, however, none of the names who made that supreme sacrifice for the country were present there.

A part of the flame was carried to the war memorial on Friday afternoon in a ceremony presided by the Integrated Defence Staff chief Air Marshal Balabadhra Radha Krishna. He laid a wreath after which a torch was lit from the Amar Jawan Jyoti and the flame doused.

A ceremonial guard from Guards Regiment of the Indian Army then took the torch to the national war memorial. After travelling for around 150 metres, the torch was used to symbolically merge the flame from Amar Jawan Jyoti with the one at the National War Memorial.

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The ceremony was presided over by Air Marshal Krishna presided at both the locations.

Earlier in the day, several political leaders including Congress leader Rahul Gandhi questioned the Central Government’s intent in shutting the Eternal Flame at Amar Jawan Jyoti and instead of putting a permanent one at the National War Memorial.

However, the government clarified that the flame of the Amar Jawan Jyoti was not being extinguished, but being merged with the flame at the National War Memorial.

The India Gate memorial was built by the British government in memory of the British Indian Army soldiers who lost their lives between 1914-1921. However, the Amar Jawan Jyoti was included in the memorial structure in the 1970s after the massive victory of India over Pakistan in which 93,000 troops of the enemy country surrendered.

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After a long wait and multiple considerations, the National War Memorial was built in the India Gate complex by the Narendra Modi government and was inaugurated in 2019.

After the inauguration of the building in War memorial, all military ceremonial events were shifted to it from the India Gate memorial.

The National War Memorial has the names of all the Indian defence personnel who have lost their lives in different operations from the 1947-48 war with Pakistan to the Galwan valley clash with Chinese troops.

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

(With ANI inputs)