Defence Minister Rajnath, Punjab CM Singh, Guv Badnore address Military Lit Fest 2020

New Delhi: Addressing the 4th Military Literature Festival through a virtual link in New Delhi on Friday, 18th December, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said such innovative initiatives provide an opportunity for the people in general and youth in particular to gain knowledge about the wars fought by our Armed Forces and get inspired from the experiences of the veterans as also imbibe their patriotic fervour, stated a press communicaton from the Ministry of Defence (MoD). Speaking on the importance of military history, Defence Minister Singh said soon after taking over the charge of the Ministry of Defence, he constituted a committee to progress the work of writing border history of the country. Its aim is to benefit future generations by bringing out border history focusing on the battles fought there and sacrifices made by the soldiers in a lucid language that is eminently readable and easily understood by the general public.

The Defence Minister remarked several Armed forces veterans and researchers publish periodicals and journals from time to time with a focus to narrow the knowledge gap between the people and experts. He observed that this year’s military literature festival coincides with the Swarnim Vijay Diwas Celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of 1971 war.

He appealed to the youth not to miss out on any opportunity to interact with veterans and gain firsthand knowledge from their experiences. Defence Minister Singh expressed appreciation for the planning of various events and discussions during the literature festival that was not only limited to military subjects but also covering the cultural aspects of the country. He said the nature of war is changing with times and with evolving technologies. “We need to be alert about the new security challenges posed by the modern technology,” he added.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh appealed to the organisers to hold theme-based events in future and conveyed his best wishes for the success of the Military Literature Festival. The Governor of Punjab, Vijayendra Pal Singh Badnore, and Chief Minister of Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh, also addressed the event.

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