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Vijay Diwas: India celebrates 50 th anniversary of 1971 war

Every year on December 16, India commemorates its victory over Pakistan in the 1971 Liberation War, which resulted in the establishment of Bangladesh. It is the 50th anniversary of the war this year.

93,000 Pakistani troops surrendered to the united forces of the Indian Army and Bangladesh’s Mukti Bahini during the 1971 war between India and Pakistan, which lasted 13 days from December 3 to December 16. On December 16, 1971, Lt Gen AAK Niazi and Lt Gen JS Aurora signed the document of capitulation in Dhaka.

After World War II, this was the largest surrender ever. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was in charge of the Indian government at the time.

In India, leaders from all political parties remembered the conflict of 1971.

“We recall the valour and sacrifice of our armed troops during the 1971 war on the occasion of ‘Swarnim Vijay Diwas.’ The 1971 conflict is seen as a watershed moment in Indian military history. We are proud of our military and its accomplishments “Rajnath Singh, the Union Defence Minister, took to Twitter to express his displeasure with the situation.

The day commemorates a golden chapter in India’s history, according to Rajasthan chief minister and senior Congress politician Ashok Gehlot, who added that “we remain indebted to the strong leadership” of then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the Muktijoddhas, Biranganas, and bravehearts of India’s armed forces for their valour and sacrifice.

Modi lighted the Swarnim Vijay Mashaal at the National War Memorial in New Delhi from the Eternal Flame last year.

On Thursday, Bangladesh will have its golden jubilee festivities in Dhaka, which will be attended by India’s President Ram Nath Kovind, who is in Bangladesh for a three-day visit. This is his first foreign trip since the coronavirus illness pandemic (Covid-19) began in 2020.