New Delhi: In December 1971, the Indian Armed Forces secured a decisive and historic victory over the Pakistan Army, which led to the creation of the nation of Bangladesh and also resulted in the largest military surrender after World War II, stated a press note from the Ministry of Defence on Wednesday, 16th December, observing that the nation will be celebrating 50 Years of Indo-Pak War, also called ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’. Various commemorative events are planned across the country. The inaugural event will be held at the National War Memorial (NWM) in New Delhi today, which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On his arrival, PM Modi will be received by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the venue.
The Prime Minister, Chief of Defence Staff (CDSD) General Bipin Rawat, and the Tri-Service Chiefs will lay a wreath and pay homage to the fallen soldiers. PM Modi will light the ‘Swarnim Vijay Mashaal’ (Golden Victory Torch) from the eternal flame of NWM on the occasion. Four Victory Torches will be lit from the Eternal Flame of NWM. These Torches will be carried to various parts of the country, including to villages of Param Vir Chakra and Mahavir Chakra Awardees of the 1971 War. Soil from the villages of these Awardees and from areas where major battles were fought in 1971 is being brought to the War Memorial.
The Ministry of Defence stated that various commemorative events will be conducted pan-India wherein war veterans and Veer Naris will be felicitated, and events like band displays, seminars, exhibitions, equipment displays, film festivals, conclave, and adventure activities are planned.
The Minister of State (MoS) for Defence, Shripad Naik and other senior civil & military officials of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) will also be present on the occasion.
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