NCERT Introduces “Homage to Our Brave Soldiers” Chapter in Class 7 English Textbook

NCERT Introduces "Homage to Our Brave Soldiers" Chapter in Class 7 English Textbook
NCERT Introduces "Homage to Our Brave Soldiers" Chapter in Class 7 English Textbook

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has embraced a profound initiative to cultivate patriotism and imbue essential values within young minds by introducing a significant addition to the Class 7 English textbook. This new chapter, titled “A Homage to Our Brave Soldiers,” takes center stage, serving as a testament to the importance of the National War Memorial in shaping India’s history.

The freshly incorporated chapter stands as an enlightening exploration into the origins and significance of the National War Memorial. It unveils the monumental sacrifices rendered by the valiant members of the Armed Forces post-independence. Presented through a poignant exchange of heartfelt letters between two friends, the chapter offers a unique perspective. Within these letters, students express their deep gratitude for the liberties they cherish, made possible by the selfless devotion of these courageous individuals.

Positioned as the concluding chapter within the e-book version of the Class 7 English textbook, aptly named ‘Honeycomb,’ “A Homage to Our Brave Soldiers” leaves an indelible impact on students as they conclude their academic year. This strategic placement accentuates its significance, ensuring that the content resonates with students as they embark on new educational endeavors.

The National War Memorial, known as Rashtriya Samar Smarak in Hindi, stands as a solemn testament to the valorous soldiers who have laid down their lives in defense of the nation. Inaugurated in January 2019, this national monument holds a revered place in the hearts of Indians, serving as a poignant reminder of sacrifices made during pivotal events in India’s history, including the India-China conflict of 1962, the wars with Pakistan in 1947, 1965, and 1971, the Indian Peace Keeping Force operations in Sri Lanka, and the Kargil conflict of 1999.

More than just a structure, the National War Memorial symbolizes the unwavering dedication, resilience, and commitment of the Armed Forces to preserve the nation’s sovereignty and liberty. As students engage with this chapter, they delve into historical events while also contemplating the intrinsic values of patriotism, duty, and sacrifice that form the bedrock of their nation’s identity. This collaborative effort between the NCERT and the Ministry of Defence is a noteworthy stride in cultivating a generation of conscientious and responsible citizens, shaping the future fabric of India.

Director of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT): Dinesh Prasad Saklani