16 December: Vijay Diwas
Vijay Diwas was observed on 16 December 2013 across the Nation to celebrate the India’s military victory over Pakistan in the 1971 war.
Vijay Diwas commemorates the victory of the Indian Armed Forces and the Mukti Bahini in the Indo-Pak war which culminated in the liberation of Bangladesh, then East Pakistan, on 16 December 1971 and the historic surrender of over 93000 Pakistani soldiers.
After the India's victory, Lt. Gen. A K Niazi, Pakistani Army Comander in the Eastern Command was surrendered to the Indian Armed Forces, which led by the then General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Lt. Gen. Jagjit Singh Aurora and also signed the Instrument of Surrender that resulted in the birth of Bangladesh. The day is also observed across the country by paying tributes to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the nation.
This year is the 42nd anniversary of the War. Union Defence Minister A K Antony accompanied by three Services Chiefs laid wreathes at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate in the National Capital -New Delhi.
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Where: Across India
What: Vijay Diwas
When: 16 December 2013