Soldiers of 1962 Sino-India war honoured for the first time as India pays homage to martyrs

Saturday, October 20, 2012
Amar Jawan Jyoti at
India Gate [File Photo]
New Delhi: India on Saturday paid homage to the Indian soldiers who fought and sacrificed their lives for the nation in the 1962 war with China.  

On Saturday, it was for the first time when K Antony along with the top military brass of the country paid tribute to martyrs of the 1962 war.

Antony was followed by the three service chiefs, the Field Marshal of Indian Air Force, Arjan Singh (who is the only living Indian military officer with a five-star rank) and Minister of State Pallamraju laid wreaths at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India gate.

This is the first time that those who died in the 1962 war are being remembered. "We are sincerely trying to file peaceful solution to the long pending border issues through negotiations. The armed forces are much more in a strong process," Antony said.

He was replying to a question on India vis-a-vis China 50 years after the 1962 war in which India had suffered defeat.

About 4,000 soldiers and officers died in, (nearly) month-long war with China began Oct 20, 1962.
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