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JNU VC ask govt. to install a battle tank on campus

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The Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University M. Jagadesh Kumar has requested the Union Government to install a battle tank on campus. “An army tank can be put up on display on campus so that students can be reminded of the sacrifices and valour of the soldiers,” said the VC on the occasion of Kargil Vijay Diwas to mark India’s victory in the 1999 Kargil conflict with Pakistan.

The VC was speaking at a function on campus after a “tiranga rally” was held on campus to mark the occasion in which students, academicians and members of Veterans India ( a body of ex-servicemen) walked from Ganga Dhaba to the Convention Centre with a 2,200-fee-long tricolour.

Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and MoS, External Affairs General V K Singh, Mentor of Veterans India, Maj General GD Bakshi, and cricketer Gautam Gambhir took part in the rally. Alongside the Veterans India members, 23 families of martyrs also joined the event.

R P Singh, Rector III of JNU, said it was a proud moment for JNU to have had the privilege of paying its heartfelt tributes to Indian Army and its martyrs of Kargil. Mr. Kumar, praised the valour of Indian soldiers in the Kargil War, and expressed his profound gratitude to India's Army and expressed his satisfaction that JNU was able to pay homage to martyrs.

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Pradhan said "JNU has set an example in the country for its respect for Indian army." He added that JNU had created history by organising a tiranga march.

Former Indian Army Chief Gen. Singh shared his experiences in the wonderful tradition of Indian Army and underlined the importance of the Kargil victory for India and the armed forces. He added that “outside” forces become successful only when an insider helps them out and that the Indian veterans have been trying to instil the spirit of unity in every Indian’s heart.

The rally, a first of its kind on JNU campus comes over a year after the February, 9, 2016 event in which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised and students of the university including its then students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar were arrested on charges of sedition.

 

 

 

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