New Delhi : Today marks the completion of 50 years of the 1971 war i.e. Vijay Diwas. On the occasion of Vijay Diwas, Lt. General Anil Chauhan, Chief of the Army’s Eastern Command said, “I want to say that there has been no major skirmish in the Eastern Command area since the violence in Ladakh. After the Galavan incident, mutual trust and stability between us and the PLA on LAC will take time.”
In December 1971, the Indian Armed Forces won a decisive and historic victory over the Pakistani Army, resulting in the creation of a nation – Bangladesh and also the largest military surrender since the Second World War. Vijay Diwas is celebrated on 16 December every year to mark India’s victory in liberating Bangladesh from Pakistan in 1971. One of the fastest and shortest campaigns in military history, the rapid campaign conducted by the Indian Army resulted in the birth of a new nation. Pakistan’s then army chief Aamir Abdullah Khan Niazi, with a loss of 93,000 soldiers, surrendered to the Indian Army after suffering defeat in the 1971 war.
I'd like to say there've been no major intrusions or face-offs in Eastern Command area since friction in Ladakh. Post-Galwan incident, mutual trust on LAC between us & Chinese PLA evaporated & will take time to stabilise: GoC Eastern Command Lt Gen Anil Chauhan on #VijayDiwas2020 pic.twitter.com/exou335OY6
— ANI (@ANI) December 16, 2020
The event, organized on the occasion of Vijay Diwas, was attended by Modi, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) Vipin Rawat and the heads of the three armies.
On this occasion, the Prime Minister paid tribute to the martyrs of the 1971 war. Modi lit four victory torches with a burning flame at the National Summer Memorial and sent it to various parts of the country including the villages of the Param Vir Chakra and Mahavir Chakra winners of the 1971 war. In addition to the villages of these winners, the soil of the 1971 battlegrounds will be brought to the National War Memorial in New Delhi.