On the occasion of Republic Day, Amar Jawan Jyoti, the eternal flame at India Gate will be extinguished after 50 years and merged with the flame at the adjacent National War Memorial (NWM). The decision was made after it was discovered that maintaining two flames was becoming increasingly difficult.
The Amar Jawan Jyoti eternal flame was built under the India Gate arch in 1972 to commemorate the soldiers killed in the 1971 Indo-Pak war. It is a memorial with an inverted bayonet and soldier’s helmet atop of it, as well as an eternal flame burning beside it. The authority said the ceremony would be presided over by Integrated Defence Staff chief Air Marshal Balabadhra Radha Krishna, who will merge the two flames.
After the establishment of National War Memorial, country received a new eternal flame there and the existence of Amar Jawan Jyoti was questioned before two years. At that time, the Indian Army stated that Amar Jawan Jyoti would continue since it is an “inseparable” part of the country’s history.