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Remembering 1971

Since early 1971, as the political situation in the sub continent deteriorated, a Pakistani crackdown in East Pakistan on their own citizens led to an exodus of over 10 Million refugees to India.
The Indo-Pak war commenced on 3rd December when Pakistan launched pre-emptive strikes on a large number of IAF bases. A swift response to these unprovoked attacks was launched by the Indian Armed Forces on the western and Eastern fronts.
Offensive action by the Indian Armed forces led to the capture of Dhaka in East Pakistan, surrender of over 92000 Pakistani soldiers and the emergence of Bangladesh as an independent nation.
The defining characteristic of the 1971 war was the coordination and cooperation achieved among the three arms of India’s Defence Forces. This, more than anything else, made the lightning campaign leading to the liberation of Bangladesh look so effortless.
India won a glorious victory. Every Indian patriot feels proud of this major achievement in the nation’s history.

Commemorative Events


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To mark the Golden Jubilee of 1971 War of Liberation, CAS gifted a legacy Alouette III heptr to BAF. COAS BAF too gifted a F-86 Sabre ac that had been […]

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Eastern Swarnim Vijay Mashaal reached ranchi on 03 Mar. Felicitation of Gallantry awardees, 1971 War veterans and Veer naris was done along with Tri Services equipment and Band display.

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Victory Flame was received by veteran Rear Adm RC Gupta, MVC, NM & Brig Sunil Sheoran, SM**, Comdt PRTC on patriotic tunes by PRTC Military Band.Veterans were felicitated on the […]

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Eastern Swarnim Vijay Mashaal will reach Kolkata on 10 Mar. Station commander will felicitate veer naris, gallantry awardees & 1971 War veterans amidst cultural programmes.

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  • “Professional knowledge and professional competence are the main attributes of leadership. Unless you know, and the men you command know that you know your job, you will never be a leader”.

    -Field Marshal Sam Bahadur Manekshaw
  • Commemoration of fifty years of The Liberation of Bangladesh, jointly by the Indian Armed Forces and the Mukti-Bahini as ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ is a tribute to the courage and sacrifice of those who participated and contributed to the war effort. The battles fought on the Eastern and Western fronts will remain etched in golden words, in the history of our Nation. The battles fought in East Pakistan for a just cause were to safeguard the Dignity and Honour of the people of Bangladesh. May the event mark the strengthening of relations between our nations.

    -General Bipin Rawat,Chief Of Defence Staff (CDS)
  • “This year, we commemorate 50 years of our victory over Pakistan in the 1971 War. The shared history of struggle and sacrifice is engraved in golden letters and will continue to inspire future generations to always stand for the righteous cause".

     General MM Naravane, Chief of Army Staff
  • “The Swarnim Vijay Varsh is an important occasion to reflect on the synergetic and joint effort of the Indian Armed Forces. The Indian Navy’s role in the conflict is etched in the annals of military history, as it helped bring a swift end to the war, choking East Pakistan’s lifelines at sea, while crippling West Pakistan’s war-waging potential".

     Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of Naval Staff
  • “On the solemn occasion of the Swarnim Vijay Varsh, we remember the courage and fortitude displayed by the gallant warriors of the Armed Forces. With their exceptional deeds of bravery, our warriors scripted a grand victory which shall forever remain etched in our memories and be an enduring source of inspiration for subsequent generations".

     Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, Chief of Air Staff




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