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‘Shauryanjali’ – An Exhibition on 1965 War Opens

The exhibition titled ‘Shauryanjali’ celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Indo-Pak War of 1965 opened at the India Gate lawns. The exhibition is an ode to splendid show of valour and sacrifice of Indian Armed Forces personnel for protecting the borders of the country. The exhibition has recreated the battle scene in various sectors beginning from Rann of Kutch to the ceasefire and Tashkent Summit. The battle of various types are also on display at the exhibition.

The Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information and Broadcasting Shri Arun Jaitley said India scored a decisive victory in the War. Shri Jaitley described it as a nostalgic occasion and recalled the overwhelming, emotional and material support that it generated nationwide for the Armed Forces. He said “the enemy was shown its place by the professionalism of our Armed Forces”. The Minister released two commemorative coins of Rs. 50/- and Rs. 5/- denominations on this occasion.

The Minister for Information and Technology and Communications Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad released a set of stamps and First Day Cover to commemorate the occasion. He said the 1965 War was an event marked by many stories of valour and sacrifice of our Armed Forces personnel.

He recalled the clarion call ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’ coined by Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri and said that the nation rose in unison in support of our Armed Forces.

A special brochure was also released on the occasion. Releasing it, the Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar said he was deeply influenced by the heroism of Company Quarter Master Havildar (CQMH) Abdul Hamid. Shri Parrikar said that this was first major war that India won hands-down. He said a nation that remembers its history and its martyrs is a developed and secure country.

The event was attended among others by Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan and Vice Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen MMS Rai.

A large number of veterans also attended the event. Among others Mrs Rasoolan Biwi – wife of PVC recipient CQMH Abdul Hamid, Mrs Asha Rani – wife of Ashok Chakra recipient Mr. Chaman Lal, Mrs Bharinder Dayal – wife of MVC recipient Lt Gen RS Dayal, Mrs Zarine Mahir – daughter of Late Lt Col. AB Tarapore PVC (Posthumous) and Mrs Earini Vaidya – daughter of former COAS Late General AK Vaidya attended the event. The Ministers took an avid interest to look at the various displays and artefacts relating to the 1965 Indo-Pak War. Army personnel enacted a battle near Ichogil canal 50 years ago in the Water Channels near India Gate.