Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday unveiled the state-of-the-art National War Memorial dedicating it to the country's post-independence martyred bravehearts in the National Capital. Addressing the thousands of retired and ex-serve personnel of security forces, PM Modi paid tribute to the Pulwama terror attack martyrs and said that the world is standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the Indian forces in their attempts to ensure national security in the country.
"It is a matter of proud for all of us that today in our efforts, the biggest countries of the world want to walk shoulder-to-shoulder with us. It is because of this reason that in 2016, 50 countries participated in our International Fleet Review. This is the reason that one-by-one every country wants to stand with us on national security. And this is the reason that our Indian Army has been performing 10 major joint exercises with the Army of the countries across the world who have been our friends every year. Indian forces are respected across the world today," PM Modi said while addressing the rally.
PM Modi's remarks comes in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack wherein the entire world came in support and extended solidarity with India in its fight against terrorism and terror-backing countries after Pakistan backed JeM terrorist killed 40 CRPF jawans in a suicide bombing on February 14.
As many as 45 countries condemned the Pulwama terror attack, with key global bodies such as the United Nations Security Council backing India in its fight against terror.
Meanwhile, the National War Memorial boasts of four thematic concentric circles with a tall ceremonial obelisk at its centre that bears the eternal flame. The layout of the memorial located behind the India Gate canopy and across the National Stadium consists of four concentric circles, radially outwards: