PM Narendra Modi inaugurates National War Memorial; salutes bravehearts
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "From Bofors to Helicopter deal, all the investigations are pointing to one family, it says a lot, now these people are putting all the efforts to make sure that Rafale aircraft don't arrive in the country."
New Delhi: Inaugurating the National War Memorial in Delhi, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Monday, paid his tribute to the brave soldiers who lost their lives in Pulwama and all those bravehearts who sacrifice themselves for protection of India.
Calling it a historical place, PM Modi said that the demand for a National War Memorial has been there for many decades but nothing concrete steps were taken in this regard. He said, "With the help of your blessing we (BJP) started the process in 2014."
He said, "We are continuously working towards making the Army self-reliant, the decisions which were thought to be impossible earlier have now been made possible."
Modi added, "For the 1st time, women are getting the opportunity to become fighter pilots. Decisions are being taken to strengthen the participation of daughters in the forces."
Attacking the Congress party without taking any name, PM Said, "From Bofors to Helicopter deal, all the investigations are pointing to one family, it says a lot, now these people are putting all the efforts to make sure that Rafale aircraft don't arrive in the country."
Spread over 40 acres at the India Gate complex here, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the National War memorial on Monday.
PM lit the eternal flame positioned at the bottom of the stone obelisk. The complex is a commemoration of the sacrifices made by Indian soldiers since Independence with the names of 25,942 martyrs etched in stone forever.
The main structure has been built in the form of four chakras- the 'Amar Chakra' or Circle of Immortality, the 'Veerta Chakra' or Circle of Bravery, the 'Tyag Chakra' or Circle of Sacrifice, and the 'Rakshak Chakra' or Circle of Protection, with the eternal flame and obelisk located in the inner-most chakra.
The hieght of the obelisk is 15.5 metres and is visible even from a distance as one enters the complex.
The memorial was built at a cost of Rs 176 crore, and its design was selected through a global competition.