Inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Mann Ki Baat Message dedicating this Diwali to soldiers defending the country’s borders amid tremendous odds, a national body of communication professionals has launched a campaign for a War Memorial in Mumbai.
“The financial capital, which also houses the Western Naval Command, is out to have a permanent War Memorial. Several people from Maharashtra have also sacrificed and continue to do so for the nation,” said B N Kumar, national president of Public relations Council of India (PRCI), and a trained war correspondent.
“This is part of our series of social communication endeavours and we are keen to communicate to all concerned to work on a War Memorial in Mumbai,” said PRCI chairman emeritus and chief mentor M B Jayaram.
“Recently, we have seen a war memorial in Dharamshala which is a huge tourist draw and serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made by our soldiers. It was heartening to see many tourists saluting the soldiers and taking selfies and posting them on the social media,” Kumar said.
PRCI will tweet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and others and seek people's support for the memorial.
PRCI said part of one of the mills lands could be used for the war memorial. Or between the State government and CIDCO, they could look at a suitable place in Navi Mumbai.
The War memorial can house war planes, battle tanks, and artillery guns, apart from plaques highlighting some sacrifices and achievements.