Jaishankar lays a wreath at the cemetery for Indian soldiers in Israel.
Foreign Minister S Jaishankar began his five-day visit to Israel on Sunday by laying a wreath at a cemetery for Indian soldiers who gave their lives in the region during World War I in Talpiot, Jerusalem.
About 900 Indian soldiers are buried in cemeteries across Israel in Jerusalem, Ramle, and Haifa.
Jaishankar, who arrived early in the day on his first visit to the country as foreign minister, laid a wreath at the Talpiot cemetery. “I visited the Indian cemetery in Talpiot as my first engagement in Jerusalem. It paid tribute to the brave Indian soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice during WWI, ”he tweeted.
“I am deeply honored to pay tribute to the brave children of India who fought bravely and courageously on this land during World War I, bringing glory to themselves, their comrades, and their homeland,” Jaishankar wrote in the book. of visits.
“The supreme courage and sacrifice of these brave hearts will forever be etched in the heart of our nation. His heroism and selfless service in inspirations and a beacon of light that will guide us forever in the service of our country. I want to thank you and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for maintaining these monuments for Indian soldiers in Israel, ”he wrote.
Visited the Indian Cemetery at Talpiot as my first engagement in Jerusalem. Paid homage to the brave Indian soldiers who made the supreme sacrifie during World War I. pic.twitter.com/oIqWfnVlga
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) October 17, 2021
The heroic deeds of Indian soldiers have come to light here prominently over the past two decades and the story of the liberation of the northern coastal city of Haifa, in what most historians of the war consider “the last history’s great cavalry campaign, “has become a tale home with its inclusion in the town’s local history textbooks.
“MEA @DrSJaishankar in the Talpiot cemetery. Respecting the Indian soldiers who died in WWI while fighting as part of the British Army for the liberation of what later became #Israel. Another important element that connects India and Israel, ”said Israel’s ambassador to India, Naor Gilon, in a tweet.
The Indian Army marks 23 September each year as Haifa Day to pay their respects to the three brave Indian Cavalry Regiments – Mysore, Hyderabad, and Jodhpur Lancers – who helped liberate Haifa following a hasty action of cavalry by the 15th Cavalry Brigade of the Imperial Service.
Captain Aman Singh Bahadur and Dafadar Jor Singh received the Indian Order of Merit (IOM) and Captain Anop Singh and Second Lieutenant Sagat Singh received the Military Cross (MC) as recognition for their bravery in this battle.
Major Dalpat Singh, known as the Hero of Haifa, received a military cross for his bravery.
Indian cavalry regiments armed with spears and swords had displayed the highest tradition of valor and had cleared the enemy from the rocky slopes of Mount Carmel.
In a symbolic gesture of friendship with Israel, India renamed the iconic Teen Murti Chowk, a war memorial, during then-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Delhi in January 2018 to Teen Murti Haifa Chowk.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Haifa Cemetery during his visit to Israel in July 2017 and unveiled a plaque commemorating Major Dalpat Singh for his pivotal role in liberating the city.
The 61st Cavalry, the name given to the unit created after the merger of the cavalry units after independence, sent a contingent to Israel in 2018 to participate in the centennial celebrations.
The Israel Post had issued a commemorative stamp in 2018 in recognition of the role of Indian soldiers in liberating the city.
During his visit, Jaishankar would visit President Isaac Herzog, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid during his independent visit. He will also hold conversations with leading academics from across Israel, leaders from the business community, and interact with the Jewish community in India.
Jaishankar will also visit places of historical importance to India, demonstrating its long-term presence in the region and the constructive role it played in shaping the history of the region.