New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi lit up ‘Swarnim Vijay Mashaal’ to begin 50th-anniversary celebrations of 1971 Indo-Pakistan War today.
The Prime Minister also paid tribute to the fallen soldiers at National War Memorial and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh unveiled the logo for ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’.
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Four ‘Victory Mashaals’ will be carried to various parts of the country
“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 Indo-Pak War, also called ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’. Various commemorative events are planned across the Nation,” the government said in its release.
The event was also be attended by Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, Indian Army Chief Manoj Mukund Naravane, Indian Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh and Indian Air Force Chief Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria.
The prime minister, chief of defence staff and Tri-Service chiefs laid a wreath and paid homage to the fallen soldiers.
Rajnath unveils logo for ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’
Four Victory Mashaals (flames) were lit from the Eternal Flame of NWM and will now be carried to various parts of the country including to villages of Param Vir Chakra and MahaVir Chakra Awardees of 1971 War. Soil from the villages of these Awardees and from areas where major battles were fought in 1971 has also been brought to the NWM.
Various commemorative events will be conducted pan-India wherein war veterans and ‘veer naris’ will be felicitated and events like band displays, seminars, exhibitions, equipment displays, film festivals, conclave and adventure activities are planned.