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Opening Ceremony :: Military Fest ::06 Dec2018 At 10:00 a.m Also Armed Forces Flag Day

Military Literature Festival kicks off at Lake Club today

CHANDIGARH: Punjab governor VP Singh Badnore will inaugurate the three-day Military Literature Festival 2018 at the Lake Club in Sector 1, Chandigarh , on Friday. Open to all, the festival aims to offer an opportunity for the youth to get acquainted with India’s military heritage, while also bringing a host of cultural activities, cuisines and competitions to the public.

HT PHOTO■ A series of brainstorming sessions will be organised at five venues of the Lake Club in Chandigarh.It is a joint initiative of military historian and Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh and Badnore with support extended by the army’s Western Command.

A series of brainstorming sessions have been organised at five venues at the club during the festival that will continue till December 9.

Subedar Yogendra Singh Yadav, one of the three living recipients of Param Vir Chakra, the nation’s highest gallantry award, and decorated defence personnel will interact with visitors.

The opening ceremony will see a session on the role of cross-border operations and surgical strikes. It will be moderated by Lt Gen DS Hooda (retd).

Another session on Friday will feature discussions on Punjabi poetry, literature and folk forms fostered by World War I.

Hindi litterateur Mrinal Pande will moderate the session on the heroic tradition (Vir Ras) in Hindi poetry.


On Saturday, Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh will share his thoughts on the contribution of India towards World War I.

Columnist Vir Sanghvi will have an interactive session with Amarinder on ‘Valour, history, politics and media’, which will have actors Sonu Sood and Gurmeet Chaudhary on board.

The afternoon session will see Badnore talk on ‘The guerrilla campaign of Maharana Pratap with Rima Hooja moderating the session, followed by deliberations on the topic ‘Wisdom of spies’ with IPS officer AS Dulat, along with Lt Gen Kamal Davar and Lt Gen Sanjeev Langar as participants. KC Verma will moderate the session. BATTLES FOR SURVIVAL The concluding day will see live discussions on two battles for survival – Ferozshah 1848 and Chilianwala 1849 and Indian cavalry charges of the First World War and the Gallipoli Campaign with Captain Amarinder, Lt Gen TS Shergill, Dr Indu Banga, Tony McClenaghan and Brig Sukhjit Singh as panellists.

There will be a session with journalist Shekhar Gupta on reporting from the war zone. Journalists Vishnu Som and Barkha Dutt will participate in the session.Forty short films on wars fought by the army since Independence will be screened during the festival.

Besides, martial dances, weapons display, medallion gallery, artists’ corner, cultural activities and exhibitions, food and cuisine, book fair and children’s Saragarhi Samvadh will be among activities for visitors.