In India Vijay Diwas or (Victory Day) is commemorated every 16th December in memory of India’s military victory over Pakistan in 1971.
India observes this day to tributes to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the nation. It is also observed in Bangladesh as “Bijoy Dibosh” to celebrate the successful culmination of the Bangladesh Liberation War.
The 1971 war lasted for 13 days, after which, Pakistan surrendered to India and Bangladesh. 1971 barbarity resulted in killing of 3 million Bengali-speaking people, rapes of 250,000 women to ruin Bengali culture and ethnicity
Why it is important to remember 1971 war?
1971 Indo-Pak war was one of the wars our history when India took the military initiative.
The war began in March 1971 when Pakistan pushed nearly nine million refugees into India through a campaign of rape, murder and terror.
The Pakistani Air Force on Dec 3 launched a pre-emptive strike on 11 airfields in north-western India and it marked the official start of the Indo-Pak War of 1971.
General Tikka Khan got the nickname ‘Butcher of Bengal’ because he committed widespread slaughter and atrocities.
Indra Gandhi ordered an immediate mobilization of troops and the Indian army successfully held their positions for attacks.
Our Indian Army fought with Pakistani army and captured around 15,010 kilometres of Pakistan territory.
Around 3,800 soldiers of India and Pakistan sacrificed their lives in the war.
India registered the victory in its name and on Dec 16, the Pakistani forces surrendered on the negotiation of Lt Gen JFR Jacob.
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We have no doubt that our Indian army fought courageously and their efforts must be praised. You can share more facts about the war in the comment section, we would love to hear from you!