Shreshtha Bharat Divas: Modi mourns the martyrs, joins in singing

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Mumbai, Jan 27: The mood at Mumbai's Mahalaxmi Race Course is still patriotic even after the Republic Day of India is over. 

The Citizens for Accountable Governance (CAG), in collaboration with the Lodha Foundation and Shahid Gaurav Samiti, has will commemorate the 51st anniversary of the song ‘Ae mere watan ke logon' sung by the legendary singer and Bharat Ratna winner Lata Mangeshkar. She had sung the song for the first time on 27th January, 1963.

10:03: National Anthem brings the event to closure

9:51 pm: Everyone joins to sing "Ae mere vatan ke logon"

To give a meaningful end to the event, everyone joins to sing the song together in remembrance of the martyrs. Narendra Modi joins everyone in singing the song.

9:48 pm: Money collected from entry fees donated to defence forces

The money collected from the entry fees of the event and other donations amount to Rs 31 Lakh, which will be donated toward development of defence forces.

9:44 pm: Soldiers' sacrifices in Uttarakhand and Bhuj

Hailing their contribution, Modi said,"it is our responsibility to make them proud of themselves. I have seen them work during the Bhuj earthquake and the Uttarakhand rescue operations. For the terrorists, they may be dangerous, but for us, they are a gift of life."

9:39 pm: Hails Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Narendra Modi hails the contribution of Atal Bihari Vajpayee who first introduced a regulation that a martyr's body should be sent to the family and not just the uniform. He hails the sentiments associated with it.

9:32 pm: Why should we depend on others?

Modi condemns the fact that we have to import weapons from other countries and says that it is important that we become self-sufficient. A 10 years span is enough to show the power of India as a weapon exporter than an importer.

Narendra Modi hails the Indian brain in various domain and says that we can become self-sufficient, defence-wise.

9:26 pm: Speaks of "proxy war"

Modi says that it is really unfortunate that a country as small as Pakistan (without naming it) is taking on the Indian frontiers without hesitation. He says that India is the only place where there is no war memorial for the martyrs of the country.

9:16 pm: Modi addresses the crowd

Narendra Modi addresses the crowd, remembering the martyrs and their families. "Just 50 years ago, this was a song whose lyrics, musicality still runs in the veins, the hearts and the minds of the people," he said.

He speaks of the slogan "Vande Mataram" from Anand Math during the fight for freedom struggle and compares its importance to that of "Ae mere watan ke logon".

In Mumbai

BJP's PM Candidate Narendra Modi and veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar during 'Ae Mere Vatan Ke Logo' a program to pay tributes to Indian soldiers in Mumbai on Monday.

Narendra Modi and veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar during 'Ae Mere Vatan Ke Logo'

BJP's PM Candidate Narendra Modi and veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar during 'Ae Mere Vatan Ke Logo' a program to pay tributes to Indian soldiers in Mumbai on Monday.

Narendra Modi and veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar

BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi and veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar during 'Ae Mere Vatan Ke Logo' a program to pay tributes to soldiers in Mumbai on Monday.

In Mumbai

Veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar during 'Ae Mere Vatan Ke Logo' a program to pay tributes to Indian soldiers in Mumbai on Monday.

9:11 pm: Lata Mangeshkar sings

Lata Mangeshkar sings the revered song "Ae mere watan ke logon" amid public cheering. Prior to that, she thanked Narendra Modi for giving her this opportunity to share the stage with her.

9:04 pm: Lata Mangeshkar speaks on "Ae mere watan ke logon"

She talks about the history of the songand how she memorised the song. She talks about her tearful encounter with Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi after she performed the song.

9:00 pm: Manjula Lodha on the dias

Manjula Lodha from the Lodha foundation speak about Narendra Modi and Lata Mangeshkar. Thanking their contribution in the field of politics and music respectively, Manjula Lodha welcomes them.

8:55 pm: Lata Mangeshkar requested for "Ae Mere Watan ke Logon"

Lata Mangeshkar has been requested to sing the song "Ae Mere Watan ke Logon". Bollywood actors Sunil Shetty and Sunny Deol presented bouquets by Lata Mangeshkar.

The program aims to remember the contribution and the selfless sacrifice of the soldiers at the Indian frontiers. It also felicitates their families who let go off their close relatives for the country.

8:37 pm: Felicitating the 26/11 martyrs and warriors

Narendra Modi is felicitating the Kirti Chakra winners who lost their lives in the combat of 26/11 terror attack. Families of Tukaram Omble, Hemant Karkare and others were among the ones who had been felicitated.

8:31 pm: Felicitating the warriors and the martyr's family

Narendra Modi is felicitating the martyrs and their families for their sacrifice and selfless service for the country.

8:21 pm: The dignitaries arrive

Lata Mangeshkar and Narendra Modi arrive at the venue and the duo pay tribute to the martyrs with flowers and garlands.

7:30 pm: Celebrations begin

Celebrations begin with patriotic songs by artists. Among these include "Mera rang de basanti chola" and others that have rocked the film industry.

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