New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Ahead of the Republic Day celebrations starting January 23 this year, the Amar Jawan Jyoti flame os India Gate was merged with the flame at the National War Memorial on Friday. 

The Amar Jawan Jyoti was constructed as a memorial for Indian soldiers who were killed in action in the 1971 Indo-Pak war, that had led to the creation of Bangladesh. 

It was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, on January 26, 1972.

The National War Memorial is located just 400 metres away from the spot where Amar Jawan Jyoti once stood on the other side of India Gate.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on February 25, 2019, inaugurated the National War Memorial, where names of 25,942 soldiers have been inscribed in golden letters on granite tablets.

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Earlier, amid criticism from the opposition that the government was 'extinguishing history', the Centre clarified that the eternal flame of the Amar Jawan Jyoti was not being extinguished but was being merged with the eternal flame at the National War Memorial at the India Gate complex in New Delhi.

The government said that the flame at Amar jawan Jyoti paid tributes to the martyrs of 1971 and other wars however none of the names who made that supreme sacrifice for the country was present there.

"It was an odd thing to see that the flame at Amar Jawan Jyoti paid homage to the martyrs of the 1971 and other war heroes but none of their names are present there but now the names of all Indian martyrs from all the wars, including 1971 and wars before and after it are housed at the National War Memorial. This would be a true tribute to our fallen heroes," government sources were quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Posted By: Mukul Sharma