Indian government’s recent move to shift the Amar Jawan Jyoti from its location under India Gate to the National War Memorial (NWM) has been seeing some protest.
Some sections of the society are apprehensive that this may have some political aims.
Why is the current place inappropriate?
India Gate is a war memorial erected by the British, in 1921 in memory of soldiers who died in World War I and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. The monument does not celebrate a national war.
The NWM is a place for citizens to pay homage to our fallen military heroes. Co-locating the Amar Jawan Jyoti with the NWM seems a logical step, and need not become a subject of political controversy.
Amar Jawan Jyoti is an eternal flame which honours India’s “unknown soldier” and its rightful place is the National war memorial.
Source– This post is based on the article “Relocating the Amar Jawan Jyoti to National war memorial is logical, and beyond reproach” published in Indian express on 22st Jan 2022.