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Why is the Delhi Gate famous?

In order to distract the attention of the Indian people, the British ruling government renovated a gate with the names of dead Indian soldiers engraved on it in memory of the dead soldiers

The New Delhi, which is the capital of India, is famous for its historic gates as old cities are now known for their big castles and gates usually built by the then emperors and kings. For example, Old Delhi, founded by Shah Jahan, is known for its gates as the Delhi Gate, built in 1638 also by Shah Jahan, the Mughal Emperor. But beyond this, there is another gate, the story of which goes back to the First World War, in which 90,000 Indian soldiers were killed under the British colonial flag to protect the interests of Britain. In order to distract the attention of the Indian people, the British ruling government renovated a gate with the names of dead Indian soldiers engraved on it in memory of the dead soldiers. Anyway, it is questionable and astonishing that several centuries have passed since this incident that occurred in a different geography and cultural environment. The incident has found its way into our folk literature and reached us as there is a proverb coming from the people: “Each wants to put their name on the Delhi gate.” We don’t know much about the mystery behind it. One of the reasons might be that Pashtuns are the freedom-loving people as they neither want to be enslaved by anyone and nor want to inflict this humiliation on other nations. Now, the message is for all: Do get your freedom but not to die under the flag of others and their interests! Muhibullah Mayar

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.