New Delhi: The iconic Amar Jawan Jyoti, or the eternal flame burning for last 50 years at the memorial set up at India Gate in honour of Indian soldiers martyred in the 1971 war, has been merged with the flame at the National War Memorial (NMM).
The flame was ignited by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on January 26, 1972.
On Friday afternoon, soldiers carried the torch with the flame from the war memorial to NWM in a parade.
The announcement regarding the ‘putting out’ of Amar Jawan Jyoti has triggered a debate with many questioning the need for such a move.
The government clarified that the flame of Amar Jawan Jyoti was not being extinguished, but was being merged with the flame of the National War Memorial, set up to pay homage to all martyrs since 1947.
The NWM was set up in 2019 and inagurated by PM Narendra Modi. It is approximately 400 metres away from Amar Jawan Jyoti.
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