India’s first Military Literature Festival in Chandigarh next month

Chandigarh, Nov 10 (IANS) India’s first Military Literature Festival (MLF) will be held here in December as a tribute to the armed forces, whose contributions to the nation remain etched in history as iconic events, Punjab Local Bodies and Tourism and Culture Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said Friday.

The MLF will be held here from December 7 to 9.
Sidhu told media here that Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, himself a military historian and author, was pioneering this initiative, which is being jointly promoted by the Punjab government and the Chandigarh Administration with the objective of spreading awareness about the subject among people.
Top thinkers, authors, historians, curators and experts related to defence matters will participate in the event, he said.
“With Punjab standing tall in terms of Param Vir Chakras won by its men, the festival is an apt and glowing tribute to the grit, courage and fearless determination of the country’s defence personnel,” Sidhu said.
Punjab Chief Minister’s Senior Advisor, Lt. Gen. T.S. Shergill (retd), said military literature had ancient roots, with the longest poem, the Mahabharata, being all about warfare.
He also spoke about the relevance of technology to military and literature, underlining the importance of promoting all aspects of the subject.
Scores of books on defence and strategic affairs, including the wars that India has fought, have been written in the past many decades.

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