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No memorial in India depicts entire freedom struggle: Badal

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal did not find any memorial in the country that fully depicted the freedom struggle.Badal, along with a team set up to conceptualise a memorial in the state, visited several museums in the country recently. He said Punjab will soon build such a memorial.

punjab Updated: Aug 05, 2012 21:32 IST

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal did not find any memorial in the country that fully depicted the freedom struggle.

Badal, along with a team set up to conceptualise a memorial in the state, visited several museums in the country recently. He said Punjab will soon build such a memorial.

The chief minister went to the Cellular Prison at Andaman and Nikobar Islands, the Sabarmati Ashram at Ahmedabad, the Teen Murti Bhawan and the Parliament Museum in New Delhi.

"We have visited several places. I am impressed with them but I did not find any memorial, which completely depicted the entire freedom struggle," said Badal.

The chief minister said a world-class Freedom Martyrs' Memorial (Jung-e-Azadi) would be constructed at Kartarpur at a cost of Rs 100 crore.

"It will be a complete memorial. It will show the remarkable contribution made by the freedom fighters of our country in general and that of Punjabis in particular."

A committee has been set up to conceptualise the new museum. Punjabi University's vice-chancellor Jaspal Singh, noted historians and educationists Prithpal Singh Kapur, KL Tuteja, Harish Sharma, Barjinder Singh Hamdard, JS Grewal and Kirpal Singh are members of the committee.

"We will submit a report soon. We want to recreate the entire freedom history with a focus on Punjab. It should be a complete saga of the freedom struggle, which we failed to get in any memorial," said Jaspal Singh.