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Delhi Confidential: Rajnath Singh touched feet of war veteran as mark of respect

At the end of a two-day event marking the 50th anniversary of India’s victory over Pakistan in the 1971 war, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh met several war veterans, and families of some of the recipients of gallantry medals from the war.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: January 4, 2022 2:12:39 pm
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh touches the feet of Dhanno Devi as a gesture of respect.

At the end of a two-day event marking the 50th anniversary of India’s victory over Pakistan in the 1971 war, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh met several war veterans, and families of some of the recipients of gallantry medals from the war. One of them was Dhanno Devi, wife of Colonel Hoshiar Singh, who was decorated with Param Vir Chakra for displaying exemplary courage during the war. The Defence Minister touched her feet as a gesture of respect. Family members of other veterans along with 30 Mukti Joddhas from Bangladesh were also present at the event.

The minister paid rich tributes to the armed forces personnel, who, he said, “ensured the victory in 1971 war by making supreme sacrifice while displaying devotion to duty”.

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First published on: 15-12-2021 at 05:00:39 am

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