50th Anniversary of 1971 War: Veterans, serving officers of India and Bangladesh to participate in celebrations
The war is a unique example Indian and Bangladeshi forces fighting together
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation war, 30 valiant Muktijoddhas and six serving officers of the Bangladesh armed forces will be in India to participate in the Swarnim Vijay Varsh celebrations.
At the same time, 30 War Veterans and 6 serving officers of the Indian Armed Forces have reached Dhaka to participate in Bangladesh’s Victory Day celebrations, the Indian High Commission in Bangladesh said on Tuesday in a tweet.
“To commemorate the Liberation War of 1971, India and Bangladesh invite each other’s War Veterans and serving officers to participate annually in each other’s Victory Day celebrations,” the tweet added.
“Provides a platform for Bangladesh Muktijoddhas and Indian War Veterans to celebrate our unique friendship and renew memories of Liberation War,” it further stated.
“This war remains a unique example of two forces of India and Bangladesh fighting together for freedom and against Pakistani occupation for justice and against mass atrocities,” the Indian High Commission’s tweet noted.
Earlier, para jumpers from the Indian Air Force had earlier participated in a joint jump on occasion of Victory Day-2021 with Para Commandos of Bangladesh Army. "Thank you Bangladesh for sharing this unique honour with us", a tweet of the Indian High Commission had said.
This entire year is being celebrated as ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ to commemorate the golden jubilee of the 1971 India-Pakistan war.
Various commemorative events are being held throughout the country as part of the Swarnim Vijay Varsh celebrations.
On Sunday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated Swarnim Vijay Parv, an event commemorating the valour and professionalism of the Armed Forces and their contribution to the liberation of Bangladesh in the Indo-Pak 1971 war in New Delhi.
The event marks the culmination of year-long celebrations of 50 years of India's victory in the war.
Cultural events such as Kalaripayattu, Gatka and Khukri dance performances in addition to light and sound show, dog show, hot air ballooning have been planned over the span of the next two days.
War movies and a grand battle exhibition depicting major operations on the Eastern and Western Front of 1971 war will also be displayed.
Four of the most spectacular operations will be reconstructed as battle exhibitions displaying dioramas and models of PT -76 tanks mounted with cannons capturing Pakistani positions.
The event will also mark the culmination of the year-long journey of the Victory Flame, the Swarnim Vijay Mashal which, having traversed the length and breadth of the country and collected soil samples from the villages of the gallant soldiers of the war, will converge in New Delhi on Thursday in a grand ceremony.