Amar Jawan Jyoti will be kindled in Chhattisgarh, a memorial will be built on the lines of India Gate

Raipur: The decision to put out the flame of Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate in the national capital, Delhi, drew opposition from across the country. Pained at this decision, the Chief Minister of the hurt state has decided to light the Amar Jawan Jyoti in the state. Former National President of Congress and MP Shri Rahul Gandhi performed Bhumi Pujan of Chhattisgarh Amar Jawan Jyoti on February 03.

It will be established at the headquarters of the 4th Battalion of the State Armed Forces located in Mana, Raipur. Through this, the martyrdom of the sons of the state who sacrificed their lives for the country by joining the uniformed services and the heroes of the country who sacrificed their lives in the state will be honoured by lighting the Chhattisgarh Amar Jawan Jyoti. A wall depicting the list of martyrs, a memorial tower and a VVIP platform will also be built here. A crescent moon shaped wall of about 25 feet high and about 100 feet long will be built with brown marble granite here. In front of this crescent wall, the memorial tower will be built from sandstone brown white marble granite. A memento will be built on the top of this tower. The rifle and helmet will remain as insignia on the base in front of the memorial tower.

Similarly, when the Modi government removed Mahatma Gandhi's favourite tune ‘Abide with Me’ from the Beating Retreat, Chhattisgarh Police paid musical tribute to him by playing this tune in a public place on January 30on the occasion of Martyrs' Day. This composition, one of Mahatma Gandhi's favourite hymns, was associated with the Beating Retreat ceremony in 1950. Since then, it has been a frequent part of this celebration. It was the first time this year that it was dropped from the list of songs to be played at the festival.