Wednesday, August 27, 2014



68 years since Independence.

Armed Forces have been demanding a well deserved National War Memorial for decades now. For some unexplained reasons, Government did not take a decision, while the non availability of space was being given as one of the reasons.

Now, finally Defense Minister has announced Government’s decision to have one NWM at India gate in Delhi. At last, soldiers who laid down their lives for the country will be honored. From Siachen to setting up bridges during Common Wealth Games, we have always depended upon the men in uniform to come to our rescue.

While it has taken over five decades for government to take this  regarding National War Memorial, one might like to look at the number of acres of prime land some of the VIPs have been allotted where their last rites were performed.

1… Jawaharlal Nehru……,Shantivan………52.6 acres.
2… Indira Gandhi…………Shanti Sthal……45 acres.
3….Rajeev  Gandhi……… Veer Bhumi……15 acres
4…Lal Bahadur Shastri…. Vijay  Ghat……..40 acres
5…Mahatma Gandhi……. Raj Ghat………..44.35 acres.

Government may have played politics in decision making, but, does not the fault lie with us too? Did we ever raise our voice or showed our concern, except during drawing room discussion?

We seem to have our priorities lopsided. Least we can do is to give respect to our departed soldiers.



SG said...

I am glad at last it was approved.

Rahul Bhatia said...

The least one can do in a country is to stand by men in uniform who do not fail in time of crisis!

Unknown said...

Good step initiated !!

indu chhibber said...

Well,well look at the contrast!

anilkurup59 said...

You forgot about that brat Sanjay Gandhi, then Jagajivan Ram.

Alka Gurha said...

Long overdue. The figures say it all.

Rachna said...

The governments normally look for petty gains instead of actual good deeds sadly.

Bikram said...

Such are the way of our nation.. why do these VIP's need so much land..

when the real hero's get what is due years later.. I wish we the people actually WAKE up ..

such sad state


Insignia said...

Hmm point made. But glad its approved.

Anonymous said...

It's high time to honor our real heroes,

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