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Vijay Diwas is celebrated as Victory Day (Bengali: Bijôy Dibôsh) in Bangladesh. It is a national holiday celebrated on 16 December to commemorate the defeat of the Pakistan Armed Forces in the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971 and the Independence of Bangladesh.
Vijay Diwas commemorates the Pakistani Instrument of Surrender, wherein the commander of the Pakistani Forces, General AAK Niazi, surrendered to the Mukti Bahini and their Indian allies, ending the nine-month Bangladesh Liberation War and 1971 Bangladesh genocide and marking the official secession of East Pakistan to become the new state of Bangladesh.
Martyrs’ Sacrifices Honoured
This day and event is also commemorated across India as the “Vijay Diwas” to honour Indians and Bangladeshis who laid down their lives in the war.
The nation is commemorating India’s triumph over Pakistan in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War today by observing Vijay Diwas. On this day, military heroes’ sacrifices are commemorated, and extravagant tributes are paid to them. After their defeat, Pakistani forces led by General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi surrendered unconditionally to coalition forces led by Lieutenant General Jagjit Singh Aurora in Dhaka on December 16, 1971. Bangladesh gained independence when the conflict ended.
The 1971 war altered relations between the United States and the South Asian countries of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.
Vijay Diwas commemorates the Indian Armed Forces’ victory over Pakistani troops in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. Martyrs who gave their lives to defend their country are remembered. The 13-day conflict between India and Pakistan ended on December 16, 1971. As a result, a new country, Bangladesh, was formed. The day is also known as Bijoy Dibos, or Victory Day, in Bangladesh.
Valour Of Our Armed Forces
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “On the eve of Vijay Diwas, attended the ‘At Home’ reception at Army House. India will never forget the valour of our Armed Forces that led to the win in the 1971 war,” in a recent tweet.
President Droupadi Murmu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, and Army Chief General Manoj Pande attended the At Home reception at Army House on the eve of Vijay Diwas.
Army veterans, people, armed forces, politicians, and the government pay tribute to express gratitude for these warriors’ sacrifices. The Pakistani Army surrendered on December 16, 1971, bringing the 13-day conflict to an end. Vijay Diwas also celebrates the freedom of Bangladesh from Pakistan.
Celebrations In Bangladesh
In Bangladesh, the day began with President Hamid and Prime Minister Hasina paying rich tributes to the martyrs of the liberation war at the National Memorial in Savar and to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib at his memorial in Dhanmondi. The day is a testimony to India-Bangladesh relations as India played a key role in the liberation of Bangladesh by extending its military, humanitarian and moral support to achieve the liberation of Bangladesh based on the struggle of its people against the brutal and oppressive Pakistani military. Truly, this is a day of victory not only for Bangladesh but also for India and humanity at large as it marks the triumph of people over the forces of brutality and exploitation across the globe.
Celebrations In Assam
Tributes were paid to martyrs of the Bangladesh Liberation War in the border town of Karimganj in Assam on Friday on the occasion of Vijay Diwas which marks India’s decisive victory over Pakistan which led to the creation of Bangladesh. The Border Security Force (BSF), an NGO Simanta Chetna Manch and people from different walks of life laid floral tributes at a martyrs’ column near the Kushiyara river, which flows along the town. The security forces distributed sweets among the public and also released multi-coloured balloons near the river bank to mark the day.
Patriotic songs were also performed by local artists on the occasion. Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also paid his tributes to the martyrs through a post on Twitter.
“As we commemorate the glorious occasion of #VijayDiwas, let us remember the fearlessness & fighting spirit of our men in uniform, whose efforts led to surrender of Pak Army and creation of Bangladesh. The mood in both Bangladesh and India is one of joy, delight and memorable on eve of 51 years of victory of India over Pakistan in Bangladesh war of Independence.
Chief of Defence Staff General Anil Chauhan, Army Chief General Manoj Chandrashekhar Pande, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari and Vice Chief of Indian Navy Vice Admiral Satish Kumar Namdeo Ghormade paid tributes at the National War Memorial in New Delhi on the occasion of Vijay Diwas.