Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will attend the centre’s inaugural event on Wednesday “Swarnim Vijay Varsh” program, which celebrates 50 years of India’s victory over Pakistan in the 1971 war that led to the creation of Bangladesh.
The event will be held Wednesday at the National War Memorial (NWM) in New Delhi, the government said in a statement.
In the event, Prime Minister Modi, Chief of Defense Staff, General Bipin Rawat and Tri-Service Chiefs will lay wreaths and pay tribute to soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the exercise of their duty.
Prime Minister Modi will also light the “Swarnim Vijay Mashaal” from the Eternal Flame of the memorial. Four torches will be lit and carried to the towns and villages of the 1971 war heroes who had received the gallantry awards: Param Vir Chakra and MahaVir Chakra.
“The soil of the villages of these Award Winners and the areas where major battles were fought in 1971 is brought to the NWM,” the government statement said.
Various commemorative events will be conducted across India where war veterans and Veer Naris will be congratulated and events such as band performances, seminars, exhibits, equipment exhibits, film festivals, conclave and adventure activities are planned, the statement added.
Many other dignitaries will also be present at the event.
In December 1971, the Indian military secured a decisive and historic victory over the Pakistani army, which led to the creation of Bangladesh and also led to the greatest military surrender after World War II.