The government of India has put out the eternal flame of the Amar Jawan Jyoti and merged it with the one instituted at the National War Memorial, on 21 January 2022.
The eternal flame at the Amar Jawan Jyoti underneath India Gate was established in 1972, to mark India’s victory over Pakistan in the 1971 War and was inaugurated by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on Republic Day 1972. Since 1972, it has never been put out until yesterday.
While the officials consider that the eternal flame as a symbol of our colonial past and incomplete. The opposition protested against this decision.
The government sources have claimed, giving a “correct perspective” that the flame will not be extinguished, but just moved to be merged with the one at the National War Memorial.
Along with moving the flame, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the canopy next to the India Gate will get a statue of the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Till the statue is completed, PM said that a hologram statue of Bose will be placed under the canopy, which he will unveil on January 23.