Mumbai: After Prime Minister NarendraModi in his Mann Ki Baat radio address dedicated this Diwali to soldiers defending the countrys borders against tremendous odds, a national organisation of communication professionals has launched a campaign for a War Memorial in Mumbai.
“The financial capital, which also houses the Western Naval Command, should have a permanent War Memorial. Several people from Maharashtra have also sacrificed and continue to do so for the nation,” said B.N. Kumar, President of Public Relations Council of India (PRCI).
“This is part of our series of social communication endeavours and we are keen to communicate to all concerned to work on a War Memorial in Mumbai,” said PRCI Chairman emeritus M.B. Jayaram. “Recently, we have seen a war memorial in Dharamsala which is a huge tourist draw and serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made by our soldiers. It was heartening to see many tourists saluting the soldiers and taking selfies and posting them on the social media,” Kumar said.
PRCI said part of an abandoned mill’s lands in Mumbai could be used for the War Memorial — or between the state government and CIDCO, they could look for a suitable place in Navi Mumbai. PRCI said it will tweet to Chief Minister DevendraFadnavis and others concerned in this regard.
The War memorial can house war planes, battle tanks and artillery guns, apart from plaques highlighting the sacrifices and achievements of our brave soldiers. This can also inspire the youth to join the armed forces which offer an adventurous life and are one of the largest employers with decent salaries and perks and even post-retirement benefits.