Swarnim Vijay Parv why it was celebrated?

Swarnim Vijay Parv
The Union Minister for Defence, Shri Rajnath Singh addressing at the inauguration of the Swarnim Vijay Parv at India Gate, in New Delhi on December 12, 2021.

12th December 2021 was celebrated as the Swarnim Vijay Parv. It was to remember and honor the valor & professionalism of the Indian Armed Forces and their contribution to the liberation of Bangladesh in the Indo-Pak 1971 war. The event was inaugurated by Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh at India Gate Lawns in New Delhi.

The event marks the culmination of year-long celebrations of 50 years of India’s victory in the war. Shri Rajnath Singh began his address by paying rich tributes to the country’s first Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat who passed away in a helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu on December 08, 2021. “In the untimely death of General Rawat, India has lost a brave soldier, an able advisor, and a lively person. He was looking forward to taking part in the Swarnim Vijay Parv,” he said.

Speaking on the occasion Shri Singh added that India has a history of fighting wars against barbarism, inhumanity, and irresponsible powers – from the era of Ramayana, Mahabharata to wars of 1857, 1947, 1965, 1971, and 1999 Kargil war. He recalled that most of the military operations in India’s history have been named ‘Operation Vijay’ – from recapturing of Jhangar by Brigadier Usman in 1948 and liberation of Goa, Daman & Diu in 1961 to the glorious victory in 1999 Kargil war which is celebrated as ‘Kargil Vijay Divas’. He said, the Swarnim Vijay Parv is not just about any special operation, but a celebration of the spirit of victory of the Armed Forces and the country as a whole.

The event will also mark the culmination of the year-long journey of the Victory Flame, the Swarnim Vijay Mashal which, having traversed the length and breadth of the country and collected soil samples from the villages of the gallant soldiers of the war, will converge in New Delhi on December 16, 2021, in a grand ceremony.

Some facts about India-Pakistan War:-

  1. The 1971 Indo-Pak war was the third war that India fought with Pakistan after independence.
  2. It was 16th December 1971, when Pakistan Army surrendered to the Indian Army. It took only 13 days to defeat the Pakistan army.
  3. More than 90000 Pakistani soldier were captured as the Prisoners of War (PoW).
  4. It was becuase of India, a new nation was born called Bangladesh.

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