Jaishankar lays wreath at cemetery for Indian troopers in Israel

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Sunday started his five-day go to to Israel by laying wreath at a cemetery for Indian troopers who laid down their lives within the area throughout the World War I in Talpiot, Jerusalem.

About 900 Indian troopers are interred in cemeteries throughout Israel in Jerusalem, Ramle and Haifa.

Jaishankar, who arrived earlier within the day on his first go to to the nation because the External Affairs Minister, laid wreath on the Talpiot Cemetery. “Visited the Indian Cemetery at Talpiot as my first engagement in Jerusalem. Paid homage to the brave Indian soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice during World War I,” he tweeted.

“I am deeply honoured to pay homage to the valiant sons of India who fought with bravery and courage in this land during WWI, bringing glory to themselves, their comrades and their motherland,” Jaishankar wrote within the guests ebook.

“The valour and supreme sacrifice of these bravehearts will forever remain etched in the heart of our nation. Your heroism and selfless service in an inspiration and beacon of light that will forever guide us in the service of our country. I wish to thank you & Commonwealth War Graves Commission for maintaining these memorials for Indian soldiers in Israel,” he wrote.

The heroics of the Indian troopers have prominently come to mild right here throughout the previous twenty years and the story of liberation of the northern coastal metropolis of Haifa, in what most struggle historians take into account “the last great cavalry campaign in history”, has turn out to be a family story with its inclusion within the metropolis’s native historical past textbooks.

“MEA @DrSJaishankar at Talpiot Cemetery. Paying respect to Indian soldiers who died in WWI while fighting as part of the British Army for liberating what later became #Israel. Another important element connecting India and Israel,” Israel’s ambassador to India Naor Gilon stated in a tweet.

The Indian Army commemorates September 23 yearly as Haifa Day to pay its respects to the three courageous Indian Cavalry Regiments – Mysore, Hyderabad and Jodhpur Lancers – that helped liberate Haifa following a dashing cavalry motion by the 15th Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade.

Captain Aman Singh Bahadur and Dafadar Jor Singh have been awarded the Indian Order of Merit (IOM) and Captain Anop Singh and Second Lieutenant Sagat Singh have been awarded the Military Cross (MC) as recognition for his or her bravery on this battle.

Major Dalpat Singh, extensively often known as the Hero of Haifa, was awarded a army cross for his bravery.

Indian cavalry regiments armed with spears and swords had displayed the best custom of valour and cleared the enemy from the rocky slopes of Mount Carmel.

In a symbolic gesture of friendship with Israel, India renamed the enduring Teen Murti Chowk, a struggle memorial, throughout the go to of then Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Delhi in January 2018 to Teen Murti Haifa Chowk.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Haifa cemetery throughout his go to to Israel in July 2017 and unveiled a plaque commemorating Major Dalpat Singh for his important function within the liberation of the town.

The 61st Cavalry, the identify given to the unit created after the merger of cavalry models after independence, despatched a contingent to Israel in 2018 to take part within the centenary celebrations.

The Israel Post had issued a commemorative stamp in 2018 in appreciation of Indian troopers’ function in liberating the town.

During his go to, Jaishankar would name on President Isaac Herzog, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid throughout his standalone go to. He will even be holding talks with main teachers from throughout Israel, enterprise neighborhood leaders and interacting with the Indian Jewish neighborhood.

Jaishankar will even be visiting locations of historic significance to India, demonstrating its long-term presence within the area and constructive function performed in shaping the historical past of the area.