The Indian Army commemorated ‘Vijay Diwas’ with traditional solemnity and gaiety all across the country today, marking the Indian Armed forces victory over Pakistan in the 1971 India-Pakistan War. On this day in 1971 about 93000 Pakistani soldiers surrendered to the Indian forces. This historic victory led to creation of Bangladesh.
A solemn ceremony to remember the martyrs who fought with valour and made the supreme sacrifice during the 1971 War was organised at Colaba War Memorial under the aegis of Headquarters Maharashtra, Gujarat & Goa Area. Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat, General Officer Commanding Maharashtra, Gujarat & Goa Area and other officers and men laid wreath and paid homage to our valiant martyrs in presence of officers and soldiers of the three services.
The celebrations included ‘Special Sainik Sammelans’ and ‘Sainik Bhoj’. In his address to soldiers, the Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat highlighted the circumstances under which the war broke out. He emphasised that victory in this war was special because of the heroism and professionalism shown by our brave officers and soldiers which resulted in saving thousands of people being oppressed in the then East Pakistan. He said that we take this day to remember the sacrifices made by those who fought for the country till their last breath and be inspired by their stories. He said that Indian Army has had many victories in battle and is held in high respect both in India and abroad and expressed his confidence that victory will come to our country again and again should we go to war.
Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat also interacted with the soldiers from various units in Mumbai during Sainik Bhoj as part of Vijay Diwas celebrations.