The Madhya Pradesh government has decided to narrate “heroic tales and supreme sacrifices” of the martyrs from the state in the latters’ alma maters on the occasion of Shaheed Diwas on October 21.
The first-of-its-kind initiative in the state aimed at infusing the spirit of patriotism among younger generations, Madhya Pradesh Police’s additional inspector general (welfare department) Anshuman Agrawal told the HT.
Following a directive from the Union home ministry, the state police would organize the programme at schools across the state where the martyrs, who served in various security forces, had studied, Agarwal added.
The police department already received a list of state’s 173 martyrs along with their addresses. The list includes 109 personnel from the Indo Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBPF) and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), 31 from the Border Security Force (BSF), 20 from the army, one from the Coast Guard and 12 from the state police.
The superintendent of police have been entrusted the task of organising the function in their respective districts.
“For the purpose they have been asked to gather information about the martyrs from their family, friends and neighbours,” the police officer said.
The initiative, she said, would further increase the importance of the Shaheed Diwas and help children understand the gravity of the occasion.
“The school managements are generally ignorant about the importance of informing their children about the martyrs who studied in their institutions. Due to this students are not aware of the sacrifices and heroic deeds of the martyrs. Now that the police department is taking the initiative to tell those tales, they would come to know about these heroes,” said Agrawal.
Already the move is getting appreciations from the unexpected quarters. While lauding the initiative, the opposition Congress said more such functions should be organised in the future.
“The Children would get to know about the martyrdom of our heroes and would feel proud to be part of the same institution,” said Congress spokesperson Pankaj Chaturvedi.
He said the society should also come forward in spreading the “glorious tales of the martyrs.”