Punjab Governor VP Badnore inaugurates Military Literature Festival
Chandigarh, December 13
Kick-starting the biggest three-day Military extravaganza from December 13 to 15 with galaxy of military historians, serving and retired military officers, researchers, academicians, hundreds of school-children, authors and delegates from across the country & foreign shores, the Governor fondly remembered and paid tributes to the martyrs of Parliament attack, who made supreme sacrifice while defending the ‘temple of democracy’ on this day in 2001.
Punjab Governor V.P.Singh Badnore on Friday inaugurated the 3rd edition of annual Military Literature Festival here envisaging that India would become self-reliant on manufacturing its own defence weapons with cutting edge technology.
Governor said that our nation had come a long way since Independence in 1947, which was no longer dependent upon food or aid from abroad and in fact provide aid to other weaker nations. He said that we have had to rely upon war material from other countries but slowly, we aim to become self-reliant making our own weapon systems with cutting edge technology and already Rs 3,000 Cr worth of defence equipment was being made in India. “Make in India” for defence systems is no longer a mere slogan but a reality. Very soon we shall be fighting securing our nation with a totally indigenously designed and manufactured weapons and equipment inventory, he added.
He also reminded everyone that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Kargil War which the organising committee has commemorated with a review on the lessons learned during the conflict and how they’ve been implemented.
Minister said that the State Government has already released an amount of Rs. 1.5 crore for organising this event. He said that the event would have three venues where 24 panel discussions would take place with the participation of renowned military writers, soldiers, thinkers, authors, adventurers, sportsmen, poets, artists, journalists, technocrats, documentary and film makers and military industrialists to share their experiences and expertise with each other and the general public.