The name of a prominent crossroad in Lutyen’s Delhi will be changed, authorities revealed. The formal renaming of the Teen Murti Marg Chowk will be done today. The new name of the intersection will henceforth be Teen Murti Haifa Chowk. Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who will come for a 6-day visit to India, will be attending the solemn ceremony later today. Official sources have hinted that Narendra Modi and Benjamin Netanyahu are expected to lay a wreath and sign the visitor’s book at the memorial.
The name ‘Teen Murti’ comes from the three bronze statues situated in the middle of the roundabout at the crossroads. The statues represent Hyderabad, Jodhpur and Mysore Lancers, which were a part of the 15 Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade. These brigades were regarded as some of the more valiant ones under the British rule and they carried out the victorious assault on Haifa which was fortified. The assault was carried out on September 23, 1918 during World War I.
There are various accounts of this battle – all narrate the valour with which the lancers undertook the assault on the garrisoned city protected by a 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.
44 Indian soldiers were killed during the liberation of the city in World War I. From there on till date, the 61 Cavalry celebrates September 23 as its Raising Day or “Haifa Day.”
Benjamin Netanyahu will be the first prime minister from Israel to visit India in the last 15 years. Prior to him, it was Ariel Sharon who visited India in 2003. Netanyahu will be accompanied by a 130-member delegation. The delegation will have dignitaries from various sectors like cyber, agriculture and defence. Later today, Netanyahu is expected to meet the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.