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India remembers World War II soldiers

Marking the 65th anniversary of the end of the World War II, India has paid tributes to the soldiers who lost their life during the fight against Nazi forces.

india Updated: May 07, 2010 15:47 IST

Marking the 65th anniversary of the end of the World War II, India has paid tributes to the soldiers who lost their life during the fight against Nazi forces.

Noting the contribution of Indian soldiers in the war, India's ambassador to the UN, Hardeep Singh Puri, said: "It is very important to also note and remember the huge contributions and sacrifices made by people in other parts of the world."

"This is certainly true of my country," Puri said.

The Indian envoy pointed out that at the start of the World War II, the Indian army comprised of 200,000 men but then grew to 2.5 million men.

"The largest volunteer force ever raised in history and it participated in most of the crucial campaigns of World War II, suffering nearly 35,000 fatalities and over a 100,000 injured," Puri said.

"Sacrifices of our valorous young men and their families have ensured that we live in a world free of fascism," he added.

Several countries spoke at the commemoration that was organised by Russia at the UN headquarters, which was attended by many war veterans.