NEW DELHI: On the occasion of Vijay Diwas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid his tribute to the brave Indian soldiers at National War Memorial in New Delhi. Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of this auspicious day, PM Modi marked the beginning of this "Swarnim Vijay Varsh" by lighting up "Swarnim Vijay Mashaal" to honour the brave Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the 1971 Indo-Pak war.
Announcing year-long activities and events for pan-India, the Ministry released an official on Tuesday saying "In December 1971, the Indian Armed Forces secured a decisive and historic Victory over Pakistan Army, which led to the creation of a Nation - Bangladesh and also resulted in the largest Military Surrender after the World War - II. From 16 December, the Nation will be celebrating 50 Years of India-Pak War, also called 'Swarnim Vijay Varsh'. Various commemorative events are planned across the Nation."
Further in the release, it was mentioned that four Victory Mashaals will be lit from the Eternal Flame of the War Memorial and will be carried to different regions of the country including the villages of the Param Vir Chakra and Maha Vir Chakra awarded martyrs of the 1971 war. The War Veterans and Veer Naaris are also quoted to be felicitated along with band displays, seminars, exhibitions, equipment displays, film festivals, conclaves and adventure activities.
At National War Memorial today, the Prime Minister was received by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh who also unveiled the symbol for "Swarnim Vijay Varsh". Home Minister Amit Shah as well as Rajnath Singh also extended their greetings to the citizens of India as they remembered India's hard-earned victory in liberating Bangladesh from Pakistan.
Every year Vijay Diwas is celebrated in India on this very day to remember and glorify the brave soldiers who fought with Pakistan for the cause of liberating Bangladesh and creating a whole new nation out of Pakistan. Defeated badly in this war, the then Army Chief of Pakistan General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi, along with his 93,000 troops finally surrendered to the Indian Army, bringing an end to one of the most significant wars in Indian history.
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