Bhuj War 1971: Real story behind Ajay Devgn's Bhuj, Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik & INS Kattabomman
Bhuj: The Pride of India is releasing on the occassion of Vijay Diwas 2021. It is the reminder of the valour demonstrated by the Indian Jawans and the females of Madhapur in the Indo Pakistan War of 1971.
The film's lead Ajay Devgn is in the role of Squadron leader Vijay Karmik who was the man behind the strange and valiant contribution of 300 women of a village of Bhuj in the War of 1971. India won that war and their contribution was the most worthy of all. Take a look at the tweet below.
When bravery becomes your armour, every step leads you to victory! 💯— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) July 12, 2021
Experience the untold story of the greatest battle ever fought, #BhujThePrideOfIndia.
Trailer out now : https://t.co/o85HWqDVd9
Releasing on 13th August only on @DisneyplusHSVIP#DisneyPlusHotstarMultiplex
1971 Bhuj War: Recent Events
After the release of the tralier, a lot of talk has begun on the war.
This war was fought at two fronts
i) East Pakistan that became Bangladesh
ii) West Pakistan (the current Pakistan)
The Victory Flame symbolising India's win over Pakistan in the War of 1971 was received at the Indian Naval Station, Kattabomman on 11th July 2021. A ceremonial guard of honour was also organized which received the flame.
#SwarnimVijayVarsh . Victory Flame taken to #Sadhewala by the team of #KonarkCorps. Wreath laying was done at the War Memorial .#SwarnimVijay1971 #IndianArmy #StrongAndCapable pic.twitter.com/HxorwyJDrQ— Southern Command INDIAN ARMY (@IaSouthern) July 12, 2021
What happened in Bhuj in 1971?
Indo Pakistani War 1971:
The Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 or more popularly known as Bangladesh Liberation War was fought between India's Mitro bahini forces and Pakistan. It took place between the Bangladesh Liberation war in East Pakistan that began on 3rd December 1971 till the Fall of Dhaka on December 16, 1971. The war began with Operation Chengiz Khan's aerial strikes on 11 Indian air stations.
It was on 8th December 1971 when India was attacked at night by the Pakistani Sabres. More than 14 Napalm bombs were dropped on an IAF strip in Bhuj. This created hurdles in the taking off of the IAF planes. IAF wanted to take the help of BSF but there were not enough jawans to carry out the task. However, the people from the nearby village of Madhapur in Bhuj helped the IAF and mainly the women of the village successfully got the job done in almost 72 hours.
Valbai Seghani, one of such participants, told a news daily, “We were 300 women who left our homes to help the Air Force, determined to ensure the pilots fly again from here. If we were to die, it would have been an honourable death.” Take a look at the pciture from that time below.
Seghani also said, “we would immediately run and hide in the bushes. We were asked to wear pale green saris to camouflage ourselves. A short siren was an indication that we could resume work. We toiled from dawn to dusk to make optimum use of the daylight.”
Take a look at the picture below of the brave women of Madhapur
Who is Vijay Karnik?
Vijay Karnik, now retired Indian Air Force Officer served as a Wing Commander in IAF back in 1971. He was the man behind the idea of mobilizing the women of Madhapur to build the damaged airstrip.
1971. Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik & team. 300 Brave Women. Reconstruction of a wrecked Indian Air Force airstrip. 'Bhuj- The Pride Of India' pic.twitter.com/HZYxPOn0Du— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) March 19, 2019
He was born on November 6, 1939 in Nagpur. He went on to get a Bachelor's degree from Nagpur University and joined the IAF. He has been from an army background with his brother too serving the Indian military.
At the time of the war of India and Pakistan in 1971 he served as a Squadron leader. He had joined the airforce in 1962.
Karnik's most celebrated moment is the one when he mobilised 300 women from the village of Bhuj to rebuild the destroyed airstrip by PAF. This work was done within 72 hours. Take a look at the image from Bangladesh Liberation War here.
Talking about the War, Vijay said, “We were fighting a war and if there had been any casualties of any of these women, it would have been a great loss to the war effort. But I took the decision and it worked out. I had briefed them where they could take shelter if attacked and they followed it bravely."