Punjab Government will host Military Literature Festivals at district and university level across the state. This was announced by the Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann during the conclusion ceremony of MLF at Sukhna lake in Chandigah on Sunday.
Started in 2017 , during the regime of the then Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh , MLF is being organized at the Sukhna Lake Club in December month of every year. Indian Army’s Chandi Mandir based Western Command , Government of Punjab and Chandigarh Administration are the major stakeholders of the event.
After two years of pandemic-induced online format, the festival was held in physical mode this year. The theme of this year’s festival was ‘The armed forces: Serving free India for 75 years’, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Independence and services of armed forces in preserving freedom.
CM Bhagwant Mann said that in the future, the state government will hold this festival at district and university levels to apprise the youth about the rich legacy of the armed forces, and rekindle the motivating spirit for joining the army in them. He said that this is the need of the hour to imbibe a feeling of nationalism and patriotism amongst youth, thereby inspiring them to join the armed forces.
Lauding the pivotal role of the armed forces in making India the biggest and “most successful” democracy of the world, CM Mann said that democracy thrived in India successfully because the armed forces have played a key role in safeguarding its ethos.He said apart from safeguarding borders of the country, the armed forces have also upheld the unity, integrity and sovereignty of the nation.
CM Mann said that due to this only, India has today emerged as the most successful democracy across the globe. While citing an example of Pakistan, Shri Mann said democracy never survived there as the Army toppled the elected governments in the neighbouring country a number of times.
On the contrary, in India democracy has been a successful phenomenon due to the active role of the armed forces, said the CM.
He said that it was only due to this that a common man like him has become the chief minister of the state.
Bhagwant Mann also hailed the Indian Army for its dedication, commitment and patriotism, adding that bravery and heroism of the Indian army finds no parallel in the world.