The Teen Murti Chowk in central Delhi was formally renamed as Teen Murti-Haifa, after Israeli city Haifa in a solemn ceremony attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on 14 January 2018.
The two leaders jointly paid tribute at the memorial. The renaming of the iconic war memorial is aimed at being a symbolic gesture of India’s friendship with Israel. The announcement follows the scheduled visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India.
The idea of renaming the chowk after Haifa however, was proposed in the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) council during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Israel in July 2017.
Haifa: Key Facts
• The three bronze statues at Teen Murti represent the Hyderabad, Jodhpur and Mysore Lancers who were part of the 15 Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade.
• During World War I, on 23 September 1918, the brigade carried out the victorious assault on the fortified Israeli city of Haifa to liberate it from the joint force of Ottomans, Germany and Austria-Hungary.
• The liberation of Haifa cleared a supply route for the Allies to the city through the sea.
• Forty-four Indian soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice during the liberation of the city.
• Till date, the 61 Cavalry celebrates 23 September as its Raising Day or ‘Haifa Day’, as a mark of respect for the soldiers who lost their lives in the battle and to mark the end of 400 years of Turkish control over the city.
• This year marks the centenary year of the Battle for Haifa.
Netanyahu, who arrived in India on a six-day visit, was received by Modi at the airport, setting aside protocol as a reciprocal gesture to the welcome Modi received in Israel in July.
Netanyahu’s visit is the first by an Israeli Prime Minister in 15 years. The last Israeli PM to visit India was Ariel Sharon, who came to India in 2003.
When: 14 January 2018
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