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Thursday, December 17, 2009


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Vijay Divas is commemorated every 16th December in India as it marks the third decisive military victory over Arch-rival Pakistan achieved on 16th December 1971. On that day in 1971, the Indian Army won war against Pakistan and a liberated Bangladesh emerged.

This year 2009 marks the 38th anniversary of Vijay Divas that was observed across India by paying rich tributes to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the nation. Most important celebration is held in nation's capital New Delhi where Defense Minister and head of all three wings of the armed forces pays homage at Amar Javan Jyoti at India Gate.

This is not to be confused with “Kargil Vijay Diwas” named after the success of Operation Vijay – which on - 26th of July 1999, India successfully took command of the high outposts which had been lost to Pakistani intruders. The Kargil war was fought for more than 60 days, ended on 26th of July.

News reports have it that around 300 serving and retired officers gathered at the National War Memorial, Ghorpadi on Wednesday and laid wreaths to honour the martyrs on the occasion of Vijay Diwas on Wednesday. This is the first Vijay Diwas Celebration where memorabilia of all the three services were represented – at the premises of the war memorial was the main battle tank that destroyed many Pakistani tanks in the Indo-Pak war of 1971, replica of INS Trishul, the frigate commissioned in 1960 that too served in the Indo-Pak war and a Mig 23 Bn aircraft.

The Nation remembered the Gallant soldiers of the 1971 Indo-Pak war as also India's historic victory over Pakistan. "It is essential that we salute our heroes. We feel secure in our homes because of our armed forces and this is an occasion to remember their courage and sacrifice.

Desa patrudan – Sampathkumar. S

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