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The Beauty of History

By EMN Updated: Dec 16, 2023 11:48 pm

(Article based on the experience of National Integration Tour organised by Assam Rifles)

Our journey started from Dimapur Railway Station, a serene town in the northeastern state of Nagaland, to Ahmedabad via Delhi. The journey was a blend of diverse experiences, captivating landscapes and encounters with fellow travellers that left an indelible mark on my memory. People from different regions and cultures of India shared the same carriage. The blend of language, clothing and culture was a true representation of the country’s rich tapestry. I found myself engaged in conversations with people from different walks of life. These interactions not only introduced me to new perspectives but also provided a glimpse into the lives and stories of people from across India. Sharing meals and stories with strangers on a long train journey was a unique and enriching experience.

Our first major stop was at Delhi, India’s capital, and a melting pot of cultures and history. The first thing that struck me upon arriving at Delhi was the seamless blend of the old and the new. I was fortunate to visit the India Gate, War Memorial and the Red Fort during a short span of time in Delhi. One of the most remarkable experiences during my visit was the chaotic yet captivating streets of Old Delhi. The narrow lanes, filled with colourful bazaars, street vendors, and the aromatic wave of street food, transported me to a different world.

Visiting the India Gate, the War Memorial and the Red Fort was an incredibly profound and enriching experience that allowed me to connect with India’s history, culture and heritage in a meaningful way. The India Gate which stands as a majestic tribute to the sacrifices of the Indian soldiers who laid down their lives in various wars. As I approached this iconic monument, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of reverence and gratitude for the brave souls it celebrates. The nearby War Memorial, also known as the Amar Jawan Joyti, was a stark reminder of the sacrifices made by Indian soldiers. As I stood before the black marble cenotaph, inscribed with the words “Amar Jawan” (Immortal Soldier), I felt a deep sense of respect for those who had given their lives for the country. The flickering yet undying flame, a symbol of undying patriotism, further emphasised the heroism of the soldiers. A short distance from the India Gate stood the Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site which took me on a journey back in time. The colossal red sandstone structure is a testament to the grandeur of the Mughal era. Though we weren’t able to explore it much due to the limited time, it was quite a surreal experience seeing it with my own eyes.

Chinazou Tholituomai

B.A. 3rd Semester

Department of Political Science

Modern College, Piphema

By EMN Updated: Dec 16, 2023 11:48:02 pm
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