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New Delhi : Addressing the 4th Military Literature Festival through virtual link in New Delhi on December 18, 2020, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said such innovative initiatives provide an opportunity to 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.

Emphasising on the importance of military history, Rajnath 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 general public.

Rajnath said 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.

The Defence Minister said that this year’s military literature festival coincides with the Swarnim Vijay Diwas Celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of 1971 war during which the valor displayed by our brave soldiers stands as a fine example even today. He appealed to the youth not to miss out on any opportunity to interact with veterans and gain firsthand knowledge from their experiences.

Rajnath appreciated holding of various events and discussions during this literature festival that were not only limited to the military subjects but also covering the cultural aspects of our Nation. He said 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 and appealed to the organisers to hold theme based events in future and conveyed his best wishes for the success of the Military Literature Festival.

Governor of Punjab Vijayendra Pal Singh Badnore and Chief Minister of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh also addressed the event.