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To salute the bravery and sacrifice of our soldiers, every Indian celebrates the Victory day aka Vijay Diwas in December. We celebrate the Vijay Diwas on December 16 to commemorate India’s victory over Pakistan in 1971 Indo-Pak war. India had defeated Pakistan in the bloodshed, and Bangladesh was born on this day. Hence, Bangladesh celebrates its independence day on December 16 every year. Don’t confuse this with the Kargil Vijay Diwas, which is celebrated, to remember the success of Operation Vijay in the 1999 Kargil War. Let’s discuss the story behind this triumph and attempt the Vijay Diwas quiz in the event of 50th-anniversary celebrations.
Importance of Vijay Diwas 2023
Vijay Diwas is certainly a Day for Remembrance of our brave soldiers and ‘Mukti Joddhas’ who sacrificed their lives during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. The Government of India decided on December 03, 1971, that India would go for war with Pakistan to save Bengali Muslims and Hindus. This war was fought between India and Pakistan for 13 days only. It was the Indian Army’s one of the biggest victories ever made against Pakistan.
History of the Vijay Diwas 2023
Till 1971, Bangladesh was a part of Pakistan, which was called ‘East Pakistan’. It is believed that people of ‘East Pakistan’ were beaten, exploited, raped and murdered by the Pakistani Army. Several media outlets reported about the genocide by the Pakistan army against the Bengalis and Hindus from this region. On March 25, 1971, the Pakistani Army launched Operation Searchlight. Targets of the operation included rebellious leaders, Hindus, and Bengali senior army officers, etc. The killings led to the deaths of at least 26,000 people, as admitted by Pakistan. Against this various rebellious groups starts protesting. Mukti Bahini was one of such groups.
The Mukti Bahini, also known as the Bangladesh Forces, was the guerrilla resistance movement consisting of the Bangladeshi military, paramilitary and civilians during the War of Liberation that transformed East Pakistan into Bangladesh.
The Indian administration supported the various rebellion groups in Bangladesh against the brutality of Pakistan’s army. The 1971 Indo-Pak war had formally broken out on December 03, when the Pakistani air force had simultaneously attacked several Indian airfields on India’s western front. Pakistan aimed to draw India’s maximum forces on India’s western front, to prevent a military operation in East Pakistan. The 1971 Indo-Pak war was fought under the leadership of Field Marshal Manekshaw. About 1500 soldiers of India were martyred during this war. On 16 December 1971, about 93,000 Pakistani soldiers surrendered before the Indian Army Commander Lt Gen Jagjit Singh Arora in Dhaka. Bangladesh (East Pakistan) was liberated. Since then, December 16 is celebrated as Vijay Diwas in India and Bangladesh.
How to Celebrate Vijay Diwas 2023
“On December 16th, 1971, the Indian Armed Forces secured a decisive victory over Pakistan, resulting in the liberation of Bangladesh. This day is celebrated every year as Vijay Divas, which means Victory Day. Let’s mark the occasion by celebrating Vijay Divas in 2023 and honoring the bravery and sacrifice of our armed forces.”
Vijay Diwas is a significant day in Indian history, celebrated annually on 16th December to commemorate India’s victory over Pakistan in the 1971 war. To celebrate this day in 2023, there are many ways to pay tribute to the brave soldiers who fought for our country. You can attend a ceremony or parade in your local area, decorate your home or workplace with Indian flags, or donate to an organization that supports the welfare of the Indian armed forces. Additionally, you can also participate in events organized by the government or local organizations, watch patriotic movies, and share stories of war heroes with your family and friends.
One of the famous quotes from the 1971 war is:
“No Sir, I will not abandon my tank. My gun is still working and I will get these bastards.” – Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal, PVC over the radio to a superior officer who had ordered him to abandon his burning tank during 1971 war. He died on December 16 in the Battle of Basantar during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971.
Vijay Diwas Quiz 2023
Attempt Vijay Diwas Quiz 2023
- Who was India’s Prime Minister during the 1971 war?
Ans: Indira Gandhi
- How many days did the 1971 Indo-Pak war last?
Ans: 13 days
- When do we celebrate the Kargil Vijay Diwas?
Ans: July 26
- When did Bangladesh get its independence?
March 26, 1972
- Which country helped India in 1971 war?
- When do we celebrate the Vijay Diwas?
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