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Vijay Diwas – Remembering India’s Victory and the Creation of Bangladesh

Vijay Diwas, also known as Victory Day, is a national holiday in India that is celebrated on December 16th every year. It marks the victory of India over Pakistan in the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War, which resulted in the creation of the independent nation of Bangladesh.


The Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 was fought between India and Pakistan over the issue of East Pakistan (present-day Bangladesh) seeking independence from West Pakistan.


East Pakistan had always been politically and culturally separate from West Pakistan, and tensions between the two had been growing for some time. In 1970, East Pakistan held elections in which the Awami League, a political party that supported East Pakistani independence, won a majority of seats.


However, the military government in West Pakistan refused to transfer power to the Awami League, leading to widespread protests and violence in East Pakistan.


In response, India intervened on the side of the East Pakistanis and launched a military campaign against West Pakistan. The war lasted for just over three weeks and ended with India’s decisive victory. As a result of the war, East Pakistan became the independent nation of Bangladesh.


Vijay Diwas is a day to remember and honor the brave soldiers who fought and sacrificed their lives for the country during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. It is also a day to celebrate the victory and the creation of the independent nation of Bangladesh.


In India, Vijay Diwas is celebrated with parades, speeches, and other ceremonies. The Indian military holds special parades and ceremonies to honor the fallen soldiers and to celebrate the victory. The President and the Prime Minister of India often give speeches on this day, and the national flag is hoisted at all government buildings.


In addition to the official celebrations, there are also many cultural events and activities organized by schools, colleges, and other organizations to mark the occasion. These may include patriotic songs, plays, and other performances, as well as exhibitions and displays related to the war and the victory.


Vijay Diwas is a day of great national pride and significance in India. It is a time to honor the sacrifices of the brave soldiers who fought and died for the country, and to celebrate the victory and the creation of the independent nation of Bangladesh. It is also a reminder of the importance of defending the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the nation, and of the need to work together to build a strong and united India.

December 2023