The eternal flame at India Gate Amar Jawan Jyoti , which pays homage to the unknown soldier, will be extinguished and merged with the flame at the National War Memorial today , just as the country commemorated 50 years of Bangladesh’s liberation war.
According to a defence official, the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate will be decommissioned after 50 years and merged with the one at the National War Memorial on Friday.
The National War Memorial was dedicated in February 2019 and is located near India Gate at the ‘C’ Hexagon. It was built in honour of the over 22,500 Indian soldiers who gave their lives in the post-independence period.
In a break from tradition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to fallen soldiers by laying a wreath at the National War Memorial ‘s immortal warrior flame, rather than the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate, before the start of the Republic Day parade in 2020.
On February 12, 1931, Lord Irwin unveiled India Gate, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. It was built to commemorate the 70,000 British Indian soldiers who died between 1914 and 1921. The Amar Jawan Jyoti was established after the 1971 war and was inaugurated by then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.