Union Cabinet Approves National War Memorial

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    Budget 2014: India to finally get a national war memorial, Modi govt allocates Rs 100cr - The Times of India

    NEW DELHI: The armed forces will now finally get their national war memorial (NMW), which was first proposed in the 1960s to honour the soldiers who have laid down their lives to defend the nation since 1947, near the India Gate complex in the Capital.

    "I am happy to announce the war memorial will be constructed in the Princess Park. It will be supplemented by a war museum. I am allocating a sum of Rs 100 crore for this purpose," said finance minister Arun Jaitely, who holds the additional charge of the defence ministry.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this year had attacked the then UPA government for dragging its feet on the NWM. "There is no country in the world where there is not a war memorial. India has fought several wars, thousands of our soldiers have been martyred. Should we not remember them? Should not there be a war memorial," he had said.

    This will fulfil one of the longest-standing demands of the armed forces, who often feel slighted by the politico-bureaucratic combine.

    Ironically, the majestic India Gate was built by the British to honour the 84,000 Indian soldiers killed fighting for the imperialistic power in World War-I and the Afghan campaign. With there being no memorial to remember the soldiers killed during the 1947-48 J&K operations, the 1962, 1965 and 1971 wars and the 1999 Kargil conflict, the armed forces have always been keen that the NWM come up in the India Gate complex on the Central Vista in the Capital.

    But the Union urban development ministry and the Delhi Urban Art Commission for long opposed the project on the ground that it would disrupt the layout and spoil the aesthetics of the Central Vista.

    Finally, after years of discussions in August 2012, the group of ministers (GoM) headed by then defence minister A K Antony had agreed to the armed forces' demand after getting the urban development ministry on board for the project. Since then, the three Services have virtually finalized an integrated masterplan for the construction of the memorial and museum.

    Incidentally, the Army had earlier prepared a ``conceptual design'' for the NWM, which involved a landscape-type memorial around the `chhatri' (canopy) near India Gate and ``retaining walls'' with the names of martyrs inscribed on them. The museum was to concurrently come up at Princess Park, which currently includes accommodation for military officers and their families.

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    So disappointing it took this long. I think they should go a step further and showcase some of ancient India's battles and stories in the museum.
     
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    from what i heard emnating from my bjp sources on twitter,this memorial will be a mini..wonder and pm himself is taking keen interest in its aesthetic view.
     
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    Long neglected Armed forces may get a ray of hope ..
     
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    this was long overdue and a well deserved one good job NAMO
     
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    The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today approved the construction of a National War Memorial and a National War Museum at Princess Park, near India Gate, New Delhi in memory of all Indian soldiers who have made the supreme sacrifice for the country post-independence.

    The estimated cost of the project will be around Rs. 500 crore and the total time for completion of the entire project is estimated to be five years.

    Post-Independence, more than 22,500 soldiers have made the supreme sacrifice in national interests and in defence of the sovereignty and integrity of the country. However, even after 69 years of Independence, no memorial to commemorate the martyrs has been constructed till date. With the present decision of the Cabinet a long pending demand of the Armed Forces has been redressed.

    It has been decided that the prestigious project will be monitored by an empowered Steering Committee chaired by Defence Secretary and assisted by a dedicated project management team, to ensure that the proposed project is completed within scheduled time frame, Post commissioning, a management body will be formed for maintenance of the National War Memorial and Museum.

    This government will be establishing a War Memorial and a Museum with a deep sense of gratitude to honour those brave soldiers, who laid down their lives. The memorial will promote a sense of patriotism in the minds of visitors, and will award an opportunity to citizens of this vast nation, to express their token sense of gratitude to the brave soldiers, who laid down their lives for the mother land.

    While their final movements, would have gone unnoticed and on occasions their final resting place unknown, this museum will capture those poignant moments in history and bring out the variegated nature of their commitments.

    Their dedication, this government feels is a part of unfinished work in nation building. This Government resolves with all its humility at its command that they did not die in vain and that Bharat Mata is enriched by their contribution. A visit to the memorial shall inspire us to rededicate ourselves to this great nation with utmost devotion.
    http://www.narendramodi.in/cabinet-approves-construction-of-national-war-memorial--363835
     

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