Military Literature Festival Back in Town: In Memory of Martyrs of 1962 War


The sixth edition of the Military Literature Festival (MLF), Chandigarh, will kick start on November 27, Sunday, at the Lake Club, Chandigarh.

To commemorate the services of our Armed Forces in safeguarding our freedom, the MLF’s theme this year is ‘The Armed Forces: Serving Free India for 75 Years’.

After two years of a pandemic-induced online format, the event will be held at the traditional venue, Lake Club, Chandigarh. The festival will open with the Bravehearts’ Ride featuring over 600 motorcycle riders on Nov 27.

Military Literature Festival

This year’s event is dedicated to the memory of and in homage to the martyrs of the 1962 war whose 60th anniversary was observed recently.

The main event will be inaugurated by Banwarilal Purohit, Governor of Punjab and Administrator of Chandigarh, on December 3. This will be followed by panel discussions on topics of national and international interest, and strategic affairs through conversations between authors, panelists and the audience . A few new books will also be released. Book stalls will be put up, martial dances will be staged, weapons and military equipment too will be displayed at the fair on the banks of Chandigarh’s scenic Sukhna Lake. The events will continue till December 4. Bhagwant Singh Mann, Chief Minister of Punjab, will bring the curtain down on the festival at the closing ceremony.

Lt Gen TS Shergill, PVSM, Chairman, Military Literature Festival Association and Organising Committee, MLF 2022, thanked the Governor and the Chandigarh Administration for their unstinted help.

Military Literature Festival

What is the Military Literature Festival?

The literature festival was started in 2017 as a partnership between the Punjab Government, Chandigarh Administration and the Indian Army’s Western Command by VP Singh Badnore and Capt Amarinder Singh, the then Governor and Chief Minister of Punjab respectively.

Over the years it has grown into a premier international gathering of military historians, thinkers, strategic analysts and writers to discuss and talk about warfare, history and intellectual pursuits.

The festival also spreads the festival’s message of physical fitness, sports, saying no to drugs, national security, paying homage to martyrs and giving direction to youth through a number of events like motorcycle rally, horse show, polo match, shotgun and archery competitions, golf tournament, etc.



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