Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar released the first set of five books (Veergatha series) in English and Hindi as a part of Republic Day celebrations. National Book Trust published these illustrated books to make the Children know about Independent India's 'Param Vir' war heroes. The books are overstated with illustrations along with the text; introduce the readers to the war heroes in a lucid and attractive manner. It introduces the great acts and bravery of the Param Vir Chakra awardees to instill a sense of inspiration and patriotism in children at an early age.
Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani will preside over the function while Army Chief General Dalbir Singh will also be present on the occasion. The five books to be released on the occasion, illustrate the bravery saga of the Param Vir Chakra awardees, who include Major Somnath Sharma (1947 India-Pakistan war), Major Shaitan Singh (1962 India-China war), Havildar Abdul Hamid (1965 India-Pakistan war), Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal (1971 Bangladesh liberation war) and Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey (1999 Kargil war).
The books have been developed with the support of the ministries of defence and human resource development. All the five scripts have been prepared by Gaurav Sawant and illustrated by Fajruddin, Dheeraj Bhatia, Animesh Debnath, Nipen Bhuyan and Samudra Kajal Saikia. The Param Vir Chakra (PVC) is India's highest military decoration awarded for the highest degree of valour or self-sacrifice in the presence of the enemy. These books are introduced with the motive to keep patriotism alive on Republic day.
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