On the 75th anniversary of the country’s independence, India will present newly minted “special” medals to its bravest citizens. Every 25 years, such medals are presented to the armed forces and central armed police forces. These were last given out on August 15, 1997, to mark the 50th anniversary of independence from British rule.
The new medal will feature the Ashoka Lion on the front and the Ashoka Chakra on the back, according to an exclusive preview. It will be released on August 15, providing the perfect capstone to the Centre’s flagship ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations.
The central government had approved the special medal to be awarded to members of the armed forces as well as CAPF days ago, as per reports. In the past, India has awarded circular medals with a diameter of 35 mm, made of cupro-nickel and attached to a horizontal bar.
Here’s all you need to know about these special medals:
- The central government, as per tradition, has issued a commemorative Independence Medal on the 75th anniversary of freedom.
- The medal will be awarded to all the serving personnel of the armed forces — army, air force and navy — and central armed police forces, as well as state police units.
- The circular medal will have Ashoka Lion on the front, Ashoka Chakra on the back and a blue-coloured ribbon with the colours of the national flag. The medal also has 75th Anniversary of Independence written on it along with 1947-2022.
- 50th Independence Medal: This medal had an image of Red Fort embossed with ’50th Anniversary of Independence 1947-1997′ written along the rim in English. The Indian Union’s map was featured on the back. The medal was awarded to all serving personnel of army, navy and air force, territorial army, other reserve forces, railway police force, paramilitary forces, including home guards, civil defence organisation and fire services.
- 25th Independence Medal: The phrase ‘25th Independence Anniversary Medal’ was imprinted beneath the State Emblem on the front. Its back featured the Ashoka Chakra, with the dates 1947 and 1972 embossed around it. It was given to the three services, reserve forces, territorial army, and technical staff of the Intelligence Bureau, Calcutta Special Police Force, home guards, civil defence organisation, fire services, jail staff, and Central Industrial Security Force among others.
- First Independence Medal in 1947: According to reports, the first medal was distributed to all Indian men and women as well as Nepalese Gurkhas serving in the armed forces. The medal was also awarded to all princes of states in power who had joined the Dominion of India and anybody serving in such state forces. The medal was also given to Britons.