The eternal flame at the Amar Jawan Jyoti underneath India Gate in central Delhi was an iconic symbol of the nation’s tributes to the soldiers
What's been done ?
The government has put out the eternal flame of the Amar Jawan Jyoti underneath India Gate and merge it with the one instituted at the National War Memorial
The decision sparked a political backlash, with opposition leaders alleging that it was a betrayal of the warriors who have given their lives in the line of duty.
Why was it constructed?
Established in 1972, it was to mark India’s victory over Pakistan in the 1971 War, which resulted in the creation of Bangladesh. Indira Gandhi inaugurated it.
How was the eternal flame kept burning?
It used to be kept alive with the help of cylinders of liquified petroleum gas, or LPG. In 2006, it was changed from LPG to piped natural gas, or PNG
Why was it placed at India Gate?
As it was a memorial for the Indian soldiers killed in wars, the Amar Jawan Jyoti was established underneath it by the government in 1972
Statue of Subhash Chandra Bose
PM Modi announced that the canopy next to the India Gate will get a statue of the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The new statue will be 28 feet high
What is the National War Memorial?
The National War Memorial, built to commemorate all the soldiers. It is situated 400 meters from India Gate was inaugurated by Modi in February 2019.