Children would now get to know about Independent India’s ‘Param Vir’ war heroes through the Veergatha series of illustrated books published by National Book Trust.
The books — embellished with illustrations along with the text — introduce the readers to the war heroes in a lucid and attractive manner.
The first set of five books in English and Hindi were released by defence minister Manohar Parrikar in New Delhi on 25 January as part of Republic Day celebrations, an official statement said. HRD minister Smriti Irani presided over the function with Indian Army Chief General Dalbir Singh in attendance.
The five books illustrate the bravery saga of the Param Vir Chakra awardees — who include Major Somnath Sharma (1947 India-Pakistan war), Major Shaitan Singh (1962 India-China war), Havildar Abdul Hamid (1965 India-Pakistan war), Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal (1971 Bangladesh liberation war) and Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey (1999 Kargil war).
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The books have been developed with the support of the ministries of defence and human resource development. All the five scripts have been prepared by Gaurav Sawant and illustrated by Fajruddin, Dheeraj Bhatia, Animesh Debnath, Nipen Bhuyan and Samudra Kajal Saikia.
The Veergatha series seeks to introduce the great acts of bravery of the Param Vir Chakra awardees to instill a sense of inspiration and patriotism in children at an early age.
The Param Vir Chakra (PVC) is India’s highest military decoration awarded for the highest degree of valour or self-sacrifice in presence of the enemy.