The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has taken a significant step towards fostering patriotism and inculcating core values in school children by introducing a new chapter in the Class 7 English textbook. The chapter, titled “A Homage to Our Brave Soldiers,” revolves around the National War Memorial and its profound significance in the history of India.
Unveiling the Chapter: “A Homage to Our Brave Soldiers”
The newly incorporated chapter provides an insightful exploration into the history and importance of the National War Memorial. It delves into the monumental sacrifice offered by the valiant soldiers of the Armed Forces post-independence. The chapter’s presentation takes the form of an exchange of heartfelt letters between two friends. Through these letters, the students express their profound gratitude for the freedoms they enjoy, which have been safeguarded by the selfless sacrifices of these bravehearts.
The Placement and Significance
The chapter titled “A Homage to Our Brave Soldiers” finds its place as the final chapter in the e-book version of the Class 7 English textbook, named ‘Honeycomb.’ This positioning accentuates the importance of its content and leaves a lasting impression on the students as they conclude their academic year.
The Resonance of the National War Memorial
The National War Memorial, known as Rashtriya Samar Smarak in Hindi, stands as a powerful tribute to the heroic soldiers who have selflessly laid down their lives to protect the nation. Inaugurated in January 2019, this national monument holds a special place in the hearts of Indians. It serves as a solemn reminder of the sacrifices made by troops during crucial events such as the 1962 India-China war, the wars with Pakistan in 1947, 1965, and 1971, the Indian Peace Keeping Force operations in Sri Lanka, and the Kargil war of 1999.
The National War Memorial stands as a testament to the resilience, dedication, and unwavering commitment of the Armed Forces towards safeguarding the nation’s sovereignty and freedom. As young minds engage with this chapter, they are not only introduced to historical events but are also encouraged to reflect on the values of patriotism, duty, and sacrifice that lie at the core of their country’s identity. This initiative by the NCERT and the Ministry of Defence marks a significant stride in shaping responsible and conscientious citizens of India.
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- Director of National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT): Dinesh Prasad Saklani