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EXERCISE BOLD KURUKSHETRA -2017 TERMINATES AT BABINA
Bhopal: 20 March 2017
The Joint training of the Indian Army and Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), Ex BOLD KURUKSHETRA-2017 terminated at Babina Field Firing Ranges on 17 March 2017 with a Live Fire Demo conducted jointly by troops of both the armies. The Bilateral exercise was terminated with a closing ceremony presided over by Officiating GOC, White Tiger Division and Division Commander of SAF wherein customary handing over of company flag to SAF battalion and exchange of mementos was done.
The bilateral exercise involved troops of both countries operating together to achieve inter-operability, mutual understanding and familiarisation with each other's equipment, drills and operational procedures. 250 soldiers each of Indian Army and SAF participated in the exercise. The exercise involved conduct of various drills by the troops operating in complete integration as Joint Combat Teams.
The exercise was conducted in a well coordinated, friendly and cooperative atmosphere. Both the Armies have shared their expertise and benefited with each other's experience. The Joint Military Exercise shall be yet another milestone in defence co-operation and military relations between the two countries.
Country's First and Unique Effort-Shaurya Smarak
Bhopal: 10 Oct. 2016
The Government of Madhya Pradesh has developed Shaurya Smarak, a War Memorial in the prominent locality of Arera Hills in Bhopal. Shaurya Smarak, Bhopal is intended to provide a precinct for paying tribute and homage to all those who lay down their lives in service of the Nation's security. This is a tribute to personnel from Madhya Pradesh in all the Armed Forces. The Smarak has been built on a 12.67 acres (approx. 51,250 sqm) campus at a cost of Rs 41.00 crores. The built up area of the project is approximately 8,000 sqm.
SHAURYA SMARAK, BHOPAL
The concept for the design of Shaurya Smarak being interpreted as a shrine has taken reference from the historical edifices of traditional Indian Temples like those at Ellora, Khajuraho and Modhera. The sanctity of the temple axis is represented in the memorial with the final place for paying homage to those departed in War.
What is paramount is that the memorial be perceived in a manner that it firstly concerns the feelings of an individual and the entire community and appropriately responds to it.
The memorial being located in a city that is endowed with natural water bodies and huge expanse of undulating greens, the addition of the memorial is an act of enhancement of these natural attributes in the city of Bhopal. The programme dives into the site rather than rising out of it to remain in harmony with its immediate context.
The Memorial has been envisaged as a journey through the various experiences of Life, War, Death and the liberation of the Spirit (Victory over Death), all exhibited through an extremely non-archetypal design. The forms, volumes and textures conceived in each of these zones depict, metaphorically, various aspects of this journey. Designed as a quasi-subterranean structure that is more submerged than visible on ground, it is intended to influence the mind and soul of the visitor by being contemplative in spirit and could possibly initiate a silent dialogue between the visitor and the departed. This emotional engagement of the viewer allows the individual's mentation to take precedence.
Life: The arrival of life on earth is symbolised by a public square – the amphitheater of life (ups and downs of life) which are defined by the hard and soft textures of earth – represented by earthen brick steps, grass and water.
War: The circular geometry represents a crater inflicted on earth. Humanity is distressed by calamity, deprivation and destruction. The texture is symbolic of the harshness of war – rough, chiselled local stone.
Death: The small dark cube signifies death - an arena of melancholy, sorrow and lost hopes. It is the opportunity to experience the sudden darkness of death. Because of its darkness and scale there can be hope for Victory Over Death.
Victory over Death: In death, the physical form vanishes; the spirit survives. Being indestructible, we use the analogy of the eternal spirit in the final experience zone. The installation of a grid of transparent rods illuminated at the base and composed in disciplined military formation are symbolic in their aesthetics.
The 62 feet high Stambh, rising from the ground, depicts the life of a soldier – nurtured within an atmosphere of freedom of choice, built on a foundation of inner strength and courage; the guardians of our country are steered by a sense of patriotism. Their sacrifices at various stages of life, and ultimately of life itself, have stemmed from love, ownership and fulfilment achieved by the prosperity of this large family, hence elevating them to a higher power - the sentinels of the almighty.
Each granite disc of the Stambh represents this ascent. The earth (Army), water (Navy) and air (Air Force) are represented through the solidity of the granite stambh, the water body and the lightness of the white granite stone pedestal respectively.
The traditional lamp, the eternal lamp which is lit in reverence to a martyr, is represented by a state-of-the-art holographic image.
Names of the individual martyrs have been engraved for eternal remembrance and homage, in aluminium plates fixed on glass plaques. These plaques have been placed in close proximity to the Stambh.
The abstract form of the sculpture is intentionally interpretative. It is a 'Vandana', a 'Namaskar' from the main axis and it also represents a 'Drop of Blood' from other view points.
The interpretation centre is designed as a semi- open congregation space with an information display system, explaining the essence of the Memorial and providing a preview to visitors before physically experiencing it. It will describe the concept for the design of Shaurya Smarak, providing details of the different zones and the vision behind the design of this non-building Memorial. A film/walk through with picture clips along with write-up in Hindi and English, both the languages would facilitate Indian as well as foreign visitors coming to this Memorial.
As an integrated part of the Memorial, a War Museum commemorating patriotism and valour of the Indian forces has also been planned. This Museum is a small showcase of the Indian Army, Navy and Air force containing thematic paintings of 'shaurya ' starting from Mahabharata period to freedom struggle, presenting a cultural history of our time along with paintings based on gallantry award winners like Paramveer Chakra and Mahaveer Chakra as proud exhibits. Different diorama of Army, Navy and Air force along with small models of aircrafts, tanks and ships will be a centre of attraction. It is imaginative and colourful presentation of valour of Indian forces and a humble tribute to the martyrs.
ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING & COORDINATION ORGANISATION (EPCO)
EPCO, an organisation under the Environment Department was entrusted with the job of providing consultancy services for the architectural designing of the Memorial. EPCO conducted a National level competition for selection of Architect and M/s UCJ architecture & environment, Mumbai was selected. Capital Project Administration (CPA) is the Executing Agency for the project. Memorials bhoomi poojan was performed by the Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the presence of the then Army Chief General Deepwak Kapoor on February 23, 2010. The Memorial will be dedicated by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on October 14, 2016.