New Delhi: The Indian Armed Forces are organising a series of events to mark the Golden Jubilee of the 1965 Indo – Pak War. A total of six events are being organised to pay tribute to the collective resolve of the nation and the valour & sacrifice of The Armed Forces. The commemoration events were kicked off on 28 Aug, with the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces laying a wreath at The Amar Jawan Jyoti. On this very day 50 years ago the Indian Armed Forces had captured the strategic Hajipir Pass in response to Pakistan’s Operation Gibraltar, aimed at wresting Kashmir by sending in armed infiltrators. This was followed by a two day Seminar on 01 and 02 Sep 15 where the lessons of the War were revisited. On 01 Sep 65, Pakistan had launched Operation Grand Slam to severe Rajouri and Punch from rest of the country.
The major attraction is a six day long Exhibition (Shauryanjali ) in the India Gate lawns from 15 to 20 Sep 15. The Exhibition is open to general public and inter alia recreates major battle scenes of the War & show cases the role of various arms and services during the War. Enclosures are also being established by CRPF, Media, Prasar Bharti and International Red Cross who had a major role to play during the War. A documentary film on the War would also be shown during the Exhibition. Food Courts, Souvenir Shops and Tableaux are being also planned for a wholesome experience. The Armed Forces Symphony Band would be performing at the India Gate lawns in the evening, around sunset, on all days. The Exhibition timings are from 9AM to 9PM everyday with a reserved institutional slot from 9AM to 11AM for students, institutions and departments. Entry is free for the Exhibition which is spread over an area of approximately 50,000 square meters in air conditioned pavilions. Shuttle buses would be run every 10 minutes from the parking areas in C Hexagon India Gate, National Stadium & Pragati Maidan for the convenience of the general public.
As a culmination of the Exhibition, a Carnival ( Indradhanush ) is being organised on 20 Sep. The day long event would have martial displays by service contingents and music and dance shows by event management companies. On the spot painting competitions, reality and magic shows are also planned during the Carnival. A 100 piece symphony band from Mayo College would also be performing during the Carnival.
Shauryanjali is a befitting tribute to the spirit, valour and sacrifice of the 1965 veterans in particular who defied odds and played a major role in successfully countering our adversaries’ designs in 1965.
Visitors are advised not to carry any bags or prohibited items when visiting the Exhibition and Carnival.
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