Amar Jawan Jyoti to merge with National War Memorial flame, not extinguished: Govt

Shortly after Congressman Rahul Gandhi condemned the government for shutting down the flame of Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate, the government stepped out to combat this misinformation. The government also clarified that the blaze will not be extinguished but will be merged with the blaze at the National War Memorial.

“The flame of the Amar Jawan Jyoti will not be quenched. It will be fused with the blaze at the National War Memorial. It was strange to see that the flame in Amar Jawan Jyoti paid homage to the martyrs of the 1971 war and other wars, but none of their names are there,” government sources said.

They further added that the names of all martyrs are housed in the National War Memorial and that it is a “true Shraddhanjali that the flame pays tribute to the martyrs there”. They added: “It is ironic that people who have not created a National War Memorial for 7 decades are now making a clamor for a lasting and fitting tribute to be paid to our martyrs.”

Gandhi tweeted: “It is very sad that the immortal flame that once burned for our brave soldiers is today extinguished. Some people cannot understand patriotism and sacrifice – never mind… We will once again light the Amar Jawan Jyoti for our soldiers!”

Meanwhile, the flame merging ceremony is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. today and may be officiated by Chief of the Integrated Defense Staff, Air Marshal BR Krishna. This decision was made after realizing that maintaining two flames was becoming difficult.

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