Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal held a marathon discussion with noted historians, intellectuals, academicians and Sikh scholars to solicit their views on the concept and design of the world class Freedom Martyrs' Memorial (Jang-e-Azadi) to come up at Kartarpur.
The memorial would be constructed in commemoration of the remarkable contribution made by the freedom fighters of the country in general and Punjab is in particular during the nation's freedom struggle.
Stating this here yesterday a spokesperson for the CMO said a meeting to this effect was held at the official residence of Mr Badal to discuss the conceptual design and other modalities related to the planning and construction of state-of-the-art memorial, which lasted about three hours.
The state government had already allotted 20 acres of land to set up this historic memorial at Kartarpur on Jalandhar-Amritsar national highway. Mr. Badal said this prestigious monument has been planned to showcase the rich legacy and the exemplary valor displayed by the countless freedom fighters, patriots and martyrs from Punjab during the independence movement.The upcoming memorial, he said, would play a vital role and act as a beacon to acquaint our younger generations about the saga of great sacrifices made by our martyrs especially from Punjab to free their motherland from the Yoke of British imperialism.
Mr. Badal sought the views from the participants in the meeting to develop this world class memorial in such a manner to make it a perfect blend of grandeur, aesthetics and architecture.
He asked the Director Cultural Affairs to invite a panel of world renowned architects and consultants so that this classic memorial of utmost historical significance and immense emotive value especially to Punjabis could come on the ground at the earliest in order to pay befitting tributes to several unsung heroes of national freedom struggle.
He urged the historians and scholars present in the meeting to give their free and frank suggestions after deep insight into the annals of Indian history of independence.
He also invited vital inputs from various intellectuals and academicians which would be incorporated in the conceptual design of the memorial before its finalization.
The Chief Minister also underscored the need to execute this entire project in a time bound manner right from its conception to completion so that the supreme and unparalleled sacrifices made by the martyrs of the freedom struggle could be showcased in a proper perspective.
Prominent among others who attended the meeting included Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur, Ajit Group of Newspapers Managing Editor Barjinder Singh Hamdard, Punjabi University Vice Chancellor Jaspal Singh and eminent Sikh historian Kirpal Singh.