Raipur. Like every year, December 16 will be celebrated as Vijay Diwas (Victory Day) to commemorate India's victory over Pakistan in the Indo-Pakistani War of September 18, 1971.
Commemoration of 50 years of victory is being observed as a tribute to ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ (Golden Year of Victory).
In this sequence, Swarnim Vijay Mashal will pass through Chhattisgarh between October 12 and 19. During this various programmes will be organised in the state.
It is noteworthy that Chhattisgarh has more than 40 war heroes who participated in the 1971 war against Pakistan.
The Indo-Pak war started on December 3, 1971, when Pakistan attacked several Indian Air Force bases. There was a quick response by the Indian Armed Forces on the Western and Eastern fronts. Indian Armed Forces captured Dhaka in East Pakistan in a decisive action, resulting in the surrender of over 92,000 Pakistani soldiers and the emergence of Bangladesh as an independent nation. India registered a resounding victory in this war. The ‘Swarnim Vijay Mashal’ has been lit to pay respect to brave soldiers of the nation who took part in the war and to instil a sense of pride in the people, especially the younger generation. Every Indian patriot feels proud of this great achievement.