Rajnath Singh inaugurates revamped memorial at Rezang La


In a highly symbolic ceremony, defence minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a revamped memorial to the Rezang La battle that took place six decades ago in the Ladakh sector. It is counted among the bravest resistance put up by the Indian Army in the 1962 war with China.

The memorial has been upgraded with a new structure and also includes the names of the Galwan braves. Singh termed the memorial as a symbol of India’s preparedness to protect its sovereignty. The sacrifice of our soldiers of the Kumaon Regiment in 1962 will encourage future generations.

“The renovation of the memorial is not only a tribute to our valiant armed forces, but also a symbol of the fact that we are fully prepared to protect the integrity of the nation. This monument symbolises the government’s stand of giving a befitting reply to anyone who threatens our sovereignty and integrity,” Rajnath Singh said.

Constructed in 1963, the memorial has been scaled up for the first time in six decades and lies barely a few km away from the site of the battle in the Kailash ranges. The Rezang La pass was occupied by Indian forces in August last year, as part of an effort to dislodge Chinese forces who moved across the Line of Actual Control at Pangong Tso.

Paying homage to soldiers of the 13 Kumaon Regiment that put up a last stand at the battle, Singh said that the memorial was an “epitome of the passion, determination and fearless spirit of the brave hearts of the country”. The renovated memorial will attract people from within the country and abroad, encourage tourism and has been constructed in a record three months.

“It was a saga of unparalleled bravery as Major Shaitan Singh and 113 soldiers made the supreme sacrifice, fighting one of the world’s rarest ‘last man, last bullet’ battles. Major Shaitan Singh was bestowed with the nation’s highest gallantry award, the Param Veer Chakra, posthumously,” a defence ministry official said.

The upgraded complex — it was earlier a single pillar inscribed with the names of the braves — includes a double-storied museum, a mini-theatre to screen a special documentary on the battle and a large helipad and various other tourist amenities.

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