Request to establish a World Class “Armed Force History Museum”.

The letter has been marked to the Hon’ble Lt. Governor with a copy to the Editor.

To

The Lt. General (Retd.) A.K. Singh,

Lieutenant Governor, A & N Islands,

Hon’ble Sir, 

Thanking you very much for delivering an informative and thought provoking lecture on “Security & Role of Armed Forces” held on 4th September, 2013 at DBRAIT Auditorium”

It was really splendid presentation an eye-opener and exposed us all to matters of National Security, National Strategy, Strategic importance of A & N Islands, GOI’s commitment to ensure our security plus the vast canvas of topics covered.

As I understand that the Andaman & Nicobar Command is presently India’s Lone Tri-Service Unified Command established in 2001 with the presence of Air, Land and Sea forces, including the Coast Guard and is a major amphibious warfare base.

Sir, I have a humbly suggestion to make, an idea that struck me when your illustrated talk made it all come alive.

There are many museums depicting the history of our struggle for freedom and the sacrifices of our great freedom fighters but there is no proper museum to enlighten us with the role of our defence forces in protecting and preserving the hard earned freedom that we enjoy today at the cost of the lives of our soldiers.

Why not an “Armed Force History Museum” or a ‘National Museum of Indian Armed Force History’ be established here in the Andaman Islands.

A World Class high quality Hi-tech interactive Historical Museum preserving Indians Military Heritage for generations with programs and policies that will educate and enlighten the public and especially the youngsters on the military history and traditions of Indian defence forces.

The Museum if established, I am sure will become a major must visit tourist destination for both domestic and foreign tourist. It will also generate direct and indirect employment apart from raising welfare funds for defence forces.

A plethora of objects can be kept on display in the Museum viz.: Military Insignia, Military Weapons, Military Antiques, Military Posters, Military Challenge, Military Scale Models, Military Collectibles, Military Uniforms, Military Tanks, Military Vehicles, Battle Ships, Modern Day Aircraft, Helicopters

Mock War, Air Shows and Operations of different War history. Search and rescue demonstration by Armed Forces. Armed Force Memorial Walkway and Garden with engraved Memorial Bricks and Plaques. Separate Kidz Zone with special events viz: - Build a Model etc.

Motion Simulator: Showing the Armed Forces Historic War events, to give visitors an experience of a life time.

The Museum can take the visitors on a journey through Military History: -

Ancient and Medieval period: Rise & Expansion of East India Company * First War of Independence * India under Crown * World War I * World War II * Navel Mutiny * INA * Partition & Indo-Pak War 1947-48 * The Hyderabad Police Action – 1948 (Operation Polo) * Invasion of Goa  - 1961 * Indo-Sino Conflict – 1962 * Indo-Pak War – 1965 * Bangladesh War – 1971 * Operation Cactus (Maldives) – 1988 * Kargil War – 1999 * Role of Indian Peace keeping force  * Proxy Wars etc.

Have an Interactive Virtual Tour display screen to give realistic version of Military life throughout our history, for students to understand the sacrifice made by our Military in order to protect our freedom.

Ride on a Bangladesh / Indo-Pak War tank / Vehicles etc., Hang Gliding experience, Para Gliding, Hands on Commando training

The Museum will have different Hall and Galleries depicting and displaying: History of Victory, Hall of Fame, Martyrs Gallery, Veteran’s Corner, Our hero’s and more, A Museum Store for fun and unique gifts. 

I believe that if such a Museum is established they will thank you for generations. 

Looking forward to more such enlightening lectures.

Mukeshwar Lall

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