Delhi's Teen Murti Chowk Officially Renamed In Netanyahu's Maiden Visit, Know Why

| January 14 , 2018 , 14:42 IST

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was warmly welcomed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday in his maiden visit to India, 15 years after the last visit from a PM of Israel.

Soon after PM Netanyahu arrived, he and PM Modi were taken to the Teen Murti Memorial in Delhi, where they met with Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and paid tribute at the memorial.

Teen Murti Chowk, located near the Teen Murti Bhavan, the residence of India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru has been officially renamed as Teen Murti 'Haifa' Chowk, after the Israeli city of Haifa.

The decision to rename the Teen Murti Chowk, incorporating the name of the Israeli city, was reportedly taken during PM Modi's visit to Israel in July, which marked the first Indian prime ministerial visit to Israel.

Why Haifa?

During World War I, on September 26, 1918, a Brigade of Indian soldiers from the Hyderabad, Jodhpur and Mysore Lancers participated in the Battle of Haifa in Israel, where they liberated the fortified city which had been controlled by a joint Ottoman, German and Austro-Hungarian force. A total of 44 soldiers from the 3 princely states during died during the liberation of Haifa, for which the three bronze statues were erected, representing the Hyderabad, Jodhpur and Mysore Lancers.

Several accounts of valour that took place during the Battle of Haifa have been narrated, as the liberation of the city played a significant role in the war. By liberating Haifa, a supply route for the Allied Powers to the city through the sea was cleared.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is in India for a six-day visit.