Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday lighted up the ‘Swarnim Vijay Mashaal’ from the eternal flame of National War Memorial on Vijay Diwas. These Mashaals will now be carried to various parts of the country including villages of Param Vir Chakra & Maha Vir Chakra Awardees of India-Pak War of 1971.
Recalling the courage of Indian Armed forces, PM Modi in a tweet said, “On Vijay Diwas we recall the unwavering courage of our armed forces that resulted in a decisive victory for our nation in the 1971 war. On this special Vijay Diwas, had the honour of lighting the ‘Swarnim Vijay Mashaal’ at the National War Memorial.”
President Ram Nath Kovind also recalled the valour of soldiers, in a tweet Kovind said, “On Vijay Diwas, let us recall the valour of our soldiers that affirmed our nation’s unwavering commitment to defend our sovereignty and protect human dignity. Their martyrdom in 1971 war had shown unparalleled grit & prowess of our forces. The nation is eternally indebted to them.”
In December 1971, the Indian Armed Forces had defeated Pakistan Army, which led to the largest military Surrender after the World War–II and creation of Bangladesh.