List out the things which would make you feel patriotic about your country; one would be the rich culture and the diversity of the nation, the second would be the various armed forces which protect our nation's border, the third would be our national anthem; the tricolour flag and the patriotic songs follow.
Keeping all these factors aside, all of us are very aware of the fact that India is preparing herself to celebrate the 70th Independence Day in a few days. We celebrate this day as a memorial for the innumerable people who laid down their lives to free India from the clutches of the British. There are quite a number of monuments and events which we get to see even today that take us back to the time the Bravehearts fought against the British.
Take a look at some of these monuments which would boost your patriotism and make you scream out the slogan "Bharath Matha Ki Jai" and "Jai Hind".
1. Dras War Memorial – Dras
Also known as the Kargil War Memorial or Vijaypath, this memorial in Dras is built in honour of the soldiers and officers of the Indian Army, who gave up their lives in Operation Vijay commonly known as Kargil War which was fought in the year 1999 between India and Pakistan.
The memorial houses a huge epitaph which has the names of all the martyrs of the war. Apart from the epitaph one would come across a gallery named after Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey, which houses pictures of the war and the lives of the jawans.
2. Wagah Border – Amritsar
The Wagah Bordernear Amritsar is well known for its flag-lowering ceremony held every day since 1959. The ceremony takes place every evening before sunset at the border which witnesses the BSF and the Pakistan Rangers lowering the two national flags.
This ceremony pumps up one's patriotic feeling to such high levels that involuntarily one would start to scream patriotic slogans in support of India. The spectacle attracts many visitors from both sides of the border and sometimes foreign nationals too.
PC: Kamran Ali
3. Red Fort – New Delhi
Constructed by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, in the year 1639, the Red Fort is the main venue from where the Prime Minister of India would address the nation after ceremoniously hoisting the national flag on Independence Day. The Red Fort is the largest monument in New Delhi and has be declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 2007.
4. Jallianwala Bagh – Amritsar
Jallianwala Bagh was the site of a large scale massacre, which resulted in the death of many innocent and non-violent protesters who had gathered to celebrate the Punjabi festival of Baisakhi. On the orders of the British Colonel, Reginald Dyer, the troops opened fire without any provocation and by blocking off all the entrances which could have saved many lives.
Many people died in the stampede which soon followed and many jumped into a well to escape being shoot. The garden is now a national monument in honour of innocent people who laid down their lives, where one can still see the bullet marks on the walls and also the Martyrs Well.
PC: Bijay chaurasia
5. Cellular Jail - Port Blair
Also known as Kalapani, the cellular jailin Port Blair was a colonial prison in the islands of Andaman and Nicobar. The prison was used by the British to house the political prisoners and was constructed immediately after the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny.
The prison housed several independent activists, some of them were Batukeshwar Dutt, Yogendra Shukla and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. The prison is now a national monument, which is open to visitors and even hosts a sound and light show narrating its history.
6. Mutiny Memorial – Delhi
Also known as Ajitgarh, it was built in memory of all those who had fought in the Delhi Field Force of the British during the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. The memorial is built in the Gothic style of architecture in red sandstone, with four tiers rising from an octagonal base.
7. The Residency – Lucknow
The Residency, also known as the British Residency, was subject to the Siege of Lucknow, which was a part of the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. It was constructed during the rule of Nawab Saadat Ali Khan II, who was the fifth Nawab of the province of Awadh. The Residency now exists in ruins, with its broken walls which were scarred by cannon shots.
PC: Khalid Ahmed