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PM Modi Pays Homage To World War 1 Indian Soldiers, Marking A Century Since The Great War Ended

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Approximately 1.3 million Indian soldiers fought the war and over 74,000 lost their lives
  • PM said that this was a war in which India was not directly involved yet our soldiers fought world over, just for the cause of peace

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 11 paid honours to Indian soldiers who fought in World War I and said the country reiterates its commitment towards world peace so that the trail of death and destruction caused by wars does not befall.

"Today, as we mark one hundred years since the end of the horrific First World War, we reiterate our commitment towards world peace and pledge to work to further an atmosphere of harmony and brotherhood so that the trail of death and destruction caused by wars does not occur," he said in a series of tweets.

He said India remembers its brave soldiers who fought in WW I. 

"This was a war in which India was not directly involved yet our soldiers fought world over, just for the cause of peace," the prime minister said.

Modi recollected that he had the honour of paying tributes at the Neuve-Chapelle Memorial in France and at the memorial in Israel's Haifa, places associated with India's role in World War I.

"When (Israel) PM Benjamin Netanyahu came to India, we paid tributes at the Teen Murti-Haifa Chowk", the Prime Minister said

Marking a century since the end of World War 1, a commemoration ceremony was held in New Delhi earlier today. 

History has faded memories of India’s role in the World War I, where approximately 1.3 million Indian soldiers fought the war, over 74,000 lost their lives and a comparable number injured. Constrained by imperialism, the nation was pitchforked into a war in unknown lands, under harsh climates fighting unfamiliar enemies.

Contributing in abundance in terms of material and manpower, India fought for the oppressive British empire against the Germans in Europe, Mediterranean, Mesopotamian, East Africa and North Africa.
 

(inputs from ANI)

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