People across the country are celebrating the 50th anniversary of India’s victory over Pakistan in the 1971 Indo-Pak war. The war that came to an end on December 16, 1971, led to the liberation of East Pakistan and the formation of the new state of Bangladesh. Events are planned throughout the year to mark this occasion as the ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’.
As part of the celebrations, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy honoured the veterans of the 1971 war in Tirupati on Thursday (February 18). The victory flame that was lit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 16 last year was brought to Tirupati, as part of its pan-India journey.
Interestingly, a 122-member contingent of the Bangladesh Armed Forces also participated in the parade during the Republic Day (January 26) in India.
Here are some facts about the 1971 Indo-Pak war that you should know about:
Reason behind the 1971 Indo-Pak war
Media reported that the Pakistani military participated in widespread violence and genocide against the people of East Pakistan. It was after West Pakistan undermined the election results in which an East Pakistani party won. As many as 10 million people had to migrate to India at the height of atrocities.
Call for Bangladesh’s Independence
East Pakistan declared its call for secession on March 26, 1971. On the very next day, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi gave her full support to their struggle for independence.