New Delhi : June 26, 2015 11:28 IST
The government also plans to honour Lal Bahadur Shastri, who was Prime Minister in 1965, and his powerful slogans like "Jai Jawan Jai Kisaan," in an attempt to reach out to both segments - the jawan (soldier) and the kisaan (farmer), recently upset with the BJP-led government's policies.
Farmers have been up in arms against the Land Acquisition Bill and former servicemen are angry that the government has not implemented "One rank One Pension" or OROP yet. Some 1965 war veterans have said they are boycotting the celebrations over OROP. "We will not attend any government function till OROP in implemented," said Major General (Retd.) Satbir Singh of the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement.
President Pranab Mukerjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are scheduled to attend at least two programmes each and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will attend at least one, sources said.