Thursday, 25 December 2008

We will never forget?

There's been so much talk of this, ever since the terrorist attack on Bombay last month. But I just came across this - and I wonder - how long we will remember? I, for one, never even knew until reading this, that India Gate was a war memorial.

India Gate

Situated on the Rajpath, New Delhi, India Gate i.e. originally called All India War Memorial was built by Edwin Lutyens to commemorate more than 70,000 Indian soldiers who died in World War I and the Afghan Wars. The names of the soldiers who died in the wars are inscribed on the walls. Burning under it since 1971 is the Amar Jawan Jyoti (eternal soldier's flame) which marks Unknown Soldier's Tomb. India Gate, the 39.62 metre-high and 27.43 metre-wide arch commemorating the British and Indian soldiers who died in World War I and in the Afghan War of 1921. Each brick has the regimental number of the fallen hero and each tells a tale of the battles that were fought in France, Flanders Iran, Mesopotamia, East Africa and in the North West Frontier Province.
On a brighter note, I just found this.

1 comment:

zohra said...

that's why a flame burns there, in memory of the unknown soldier - all of them, including warriors like you.