Politicizing | Dead | 02nd May 2022 | Virtual Wire
Amar Jawan Jyoti, ‘The Eternal Flame’ was established by Indira Gandhi to pay tribute to the soldiers who sacrificed themselves in the 1971 war.
It has an inverted bayonet and soldier’s helmet with an eternal flame burning. After 50 years, the eternal flame will be extinguished or merged with flame at the National War Memorial (established 3 years ago) built-in memory of soldiers and unsung heroes who laid down their lives for the nation since independence. Earlier, all service chiefs and visiting delegates used to pay tribute at Amar Jawan Jyoti.
Now, All National-Level officials pay tribute to NWM after it has been inaugurated by Prime
Minister Modi in 2019. There was no official statement by the government as to the reasons
for this. However, ANI tweeted that names inscribed on the Indian gate are those who fought for the British and thus symbol of the colonial past. This is sheer politicization, where the present government do not want people to remember the Congress era of the 1970s. National war Memorial, according to the government is a true ‘shraddhanjali’ to have a flame where martyrs are named.
The merger has raised many eyebrows. The opposition says the government is removing history and they want to forget 50-year-old Amar Jawan Jyoti and put forth a new memorial. The government is of opinion that our soldiers joined hands to defeat Hitler in the World War. Does their sacrifice signify the colonial past or that they fought for the right side? Thus, the government might even say that freedom fighters are symbols of colonialism and that independent India need not remember them. At the time National War Memorial was built, officials clarified that Amar Jawan Jyoti will continue, to remember pre-independence soldiers, but this promise was also not kept as they decide that one flame is enough.
Is it because the government is out of gas money to keep two flames burning? Though PM has a 4500-crore aircraft, 12 crores Mercedes and funding for new central vista. Why not continue Amar Jawan Jyoti? When the opposition said they will reignite Amar Jawan Jyoti when the time comes, it stirred unbelievable reactions. I think the opposition should ‘let it be, let it merge’. Today, in India Everything is merging, politicians are merging into ideologically opposite parties.
The parliament is merged into a museum under the central vista project, Motera stadium became Narendra Modi stadium then it is merged within Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Complex, profit-making PSUs merge soldiers into Adani-Ambani companies and the most important questions on the economy or jobs get merged with Siachen or religion issue and Media Our progressive thinking merged with angst. We the youth should see with wide-open eyes the situation around us. We should not let anyone gamble with the sacrifice of our soldiers. We should protest against the ongoing politicization of religion, culture and our tradition.