Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurates Swarnim Vijay Parv commemorating 50 years of India's victory in 1971 war

December 15, 2021 Photo(s): By PIB
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressing at the inauguration of the Swarnim Vijay Parv at India Gate, in New Delhi on December 12, 2021.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated Swarnim Vijay Parv, an event commemorating the valour & professionalism of the Armed Forces and their contribution to the liberation of Bangladesh in the Indo-Pak 1971 war, at India Gate Lawns in New Delhi on December 12, 2021. The event marks the culmination of year-long celebrations of 50 years of India's victory in the war.

Rajnath Singh termed ‘Swarnim Vijay Parv’ as a festival which commemorates the glorious victory of the Indian Armed Forces in the 1971 war, which changed the history and geography of South Asia. He paid tributes to the brave Indian soldiers, sailors & air warriors and their families who ensured the victory in the 1971 war, saying that the country will always be indebted to their sacrifice. The Raksha Mantri described the 1971 war as a shining example of jointness and integration among the three Services, underlining the importance of planning, training and fighting together. Video messages from Bangladesh Minister for Liberation War Affairs Mozammel Haque and Mukti Jodhas were showcased during the event.

It was followed by the unveiling of a ‘Wall of Fame’ and a drive through to the major weapons and equipment used during the 1971 war. Cultural events, Light and Sound show, dog show, hot air ballooning, war movies and a grand battle exhibition depicting major operations on the Eastern and Western Front of 1971 war were also displayed. Four of the most spectacular operations were reconstructed as battle exhibitions displaying dioramas and models of PT-76 tanks mounted with cannons capturing Pakistani positions.

The event also marked the culmination of the year-long journey of the Victory Flame in New Delhi on December 16, 2021 in a grand ceremony. Armed Forces Chiefs & Senior dignitaries were present.