Chandigarh

CHANDIGARH SET TO HOST INDIA’s 1ST MILITARY LITERATURE FESTIVAL AT LAKE CLUB

December 07, 2017 07:46 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 The picturesque Lake Club, located on the banks of the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh, is all set to witness a historic and unique showcase of intellectual and military excellence on December 8-9.

With the inauguration of India’s first Military Literature Festival - a joint initiative of Punjab Government and Chandigarh Administration, backed by the Indian Army Western Command - a new chapter will be unveiled in blending literary excellence with military prowess.

The Festival, which will mark the culmination of a series of exciting pre-Fest activities, is aimed at creating awareness among the people, especially children, about military history and accomplishments of the decorated Indian armed forces.

  • DAY 1 TO WITNESS PUNJAB GOVERNOR, CM & GALAXY OF LUMINARIES AT PANEL DISCUSSIONS
  • CHILDREN’s SAMVAD, EXHIBITIONS, CULTURAL PROGRAMMES, FOOD COURTS AMONG OTHER ATTRACTIONS
  • INDIAN ARMY’s DAREDEVILS LEAVE SPECTATORS AWE-STRUCK WITH THEIR DAREDEVIL DISPLAYS  

Open to one and all, with free entry and easy registration on www.militaryliteraturefestival.com, the Festival will bring together defence veterans, authors, writers, poets, thinkers, journalists and experts at various fora to discuss and debate many interesting topics related to military history.

The highlights of Day 1 are panel discussions with participants such as Punjab Governor VPS Badnore, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, as well as senior journalists including Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune Dr. Harish Khare, Barkha Dutt and Vir Sanghvi.

Speakers at the various discussions will include Lt Gen T.S. Shergill, Lt Gen A. Mukherjee, Lt Gen Parveen Bakshi, Lt Gen J. S. Bajwa, G. Parthasarthy, Vice Adm Satish Soni, Lt Gen Aditya Singh, Lt Gen Mohinder Puri, Lt Gen Depinder Singh, Lt Gen J.S. Dhillon, Maj Gen Sheonan Singh, Thomas Fraser, Alan Jefferys, Ed Haynes, professor Reema Hooja, Pushpinder Singh Chopra, Lt Gen K. J. Singh, Lt Gen Bhopinder Singh, Lt Gen DDS Sandhu.

At Venue A (Peshawar 1834 - Jamrud 1837), discussions on First Kashmir War 1947 – 48, Kargil War 1999, Defensive Battles of Rajasthan,  Use of Air Power in the 1971 War and Counter Insurgency Operations in Jammu and Kashmir will be held, while sessions at Venue B (Kashmir 1819 -  Ladakh 1834)  will include Strategic Perspective–China, IPKF in Sri Lanka, Role of Indian Armed Forces in World War II, Military Heroes and 1857 – First War of Independence. 

At Venue C (Multan 1818), discussions will take place tomorrow on Shape & Contours of the Indian Navy of the future, Military Inspection by Vir Sanghvi - An Interactive session with military Historians and Authors, Indian Military and Society, and The Joys & Dilemmas of Being a Military Family.

At Venue D (Saragarhi Samvad), over 1200 children, drawn mainly from the rural areas surrounding the tri-city, will also engage in a “samvaad” with the war veterans. Children will get the opportunity of meeting the Param Veer Chakra winners including Captain Bana Singh, Subedar Yogender Yadav and Naib Sudedar Sanjay Kumar.

Other attractions of the Festival, which has something for everyone, are book exhibitions with huge discounts, handicrafts stalls, armament display, painting live corner, magicians performing for children, Bhangra and Giddha shows, Selfie corners with war heroes. An amazing food court adorns the festival venue with a large variety of eateries, with great refreshment stands.

Tomorrow evening will see noted singer Satinder Sartaaj regale audiences at Capitol Complex. The Lake Club venue itself will witness Khukri dance by Gorkha soldiers.

Extensive arrangements have been made to facilitate travel for visitors to park their vehicles, with last-mile connectivity to the venue ensured through a shuttle service.

INDIAN ARMY’s DAREDEVILS LEAVE SPECTATORS AWE-STRUCK WITH THEIR DAREDEVIL DISPLAYS   

In the final countdown to India’s first Military Literature Festival, the Motorcycle Display Team of the Indian Army on Thursday left hundreds of Chandigarh residents awestruck with their exemplary performance. 

Patriotic fervor prevailed on the nearly 3 kilometers stretch at Uttar Marg near Sukhna Lake during the one hour show of the daredevils in the backdrop of jingoistic songs, with Technical Education Minister Charanjit Channi leading the spectators. 

People had lined up along the entire stretch of the road in large numbers to witness 48 different feats performed by the men on sports bikes and Royal Enfields.  The team— Shwet Ashw (white horse)— comprised 43 riders, led by Naib Subedar N.K.Tiwari with 20 years of experience of performing daredevil acts on motorbikes, and has been recorded thrice in the Guinness Book of Records. 

The breathtaking displays on the high-speed Royal Enfield motorcycles began with some of the most precarious stints, such as standing, sleeping, jumping, swimming, flying fish, forming sudarshan-chakra, trimurty, bar exercise, head-stand, fire-jump, forming pyramid, taking out march past (in sitting position), seating on Crown Head, standing on seat, one leg riding, ladder climbing, PT exercise, etc. 

The spectators, including a large number of youth and children, said they were totally enamoured with the performances, which they described as a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

"We used to see such performances only on television screens or in the movies, but being a part of this live performance was a dream come true," said Shweta, a college student.  

The team members, who belong to the Corps of Military Police (CMP) that was raised in the year 1952 at CMP Centre and School, Faizabad, UP, said the performances needed a high level of precision, with even a small mistake likely to prove fatal. They were able to achieve 100% precision with rigorous practice, said one of the jawans, adding that they had all performed at numerous national and international events. 

The team finds mention thrice in the Guinness Book of World Records - for carrying 133 men on 11 motorcycles in 1995, 151 men on 11 motorcycles in 1999 and for carrying 48 members on a single motorcycle in the year 2010. The team also has the distinction of having performed at the ninth Asian Games at New Delhi in 1982, at the closing ceremony of the "Eighth Asian Track and Field Meet" at new Delhi in 1989, and also during the Miss World Beauty Contest at Bangalore in 1995.

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