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Swarnim Vijay Warsh: The victory in 1971 was one of the most significant events in world history: Rajnath Singh

Swarnim Vijay Varsh: Rajnath Singh says, victory in 1971 was one of the most important events in world history that show India’s commitment to humanity

The victory in the 1971 Bangladesh war against Pakistan was the triumph of justice over injustice, said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. Addressing the Indian war veterans of 1971 and liberation war fighters of Bangladesh in Delhi on Tuesday, as part of the Swarnim Vijay Varsh celebrations, the Defence Minister said that the victory in 1971 was one of the most important events in world history. It showed India’s commitment to humanity.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh interacted with 30 liberation war fighters of Bangladesh called Muktijoddha, families of four Param Vir Chakra and other awardees as well as war veterans. The Muktijodhas have been invited to participate in Swarnim Vijay Varsh events to honour the Bravehearts who took part in the 1971 war. In his address, Rajnath Singh paid rich tributes to the brave soldiers, sailors and air warriors who ensured the victory in 1971 war by making supreme sacrifice while displaying devotion to duty.

Remembering the heroes of the Indian army namely Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, Lt. Gen. Jagjit Singh Aurora, Lt. Gen. JFR Jacob and Air Marshal Idris Lastif and others, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that these heroes included Hindus, Muslims, Parsis, Sikhs and one Jew. This is proof of India’s firm belief in giving equal respect to all religions.

The Defence Minister also paid glowing tributes to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman terming him as the guiding light for the people of his country. He appreciated the fact that Bangladesh has been making giant strides on the path of development since its liberation.

On the occasion, the soil collected from different locations of major battles fought during the war was mixed by the Defence Minister to commemorate the golden jubilee of 1971 war victory. He described it as a symbol of ‘Unity in Diversity’. The collected soil will be used in the construction of a proposed memorial dedicated to the 1971 war victory.

Chief of the Army Staff General MM Naravane, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar; Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar, other senior civil and military officers of Ministry of Defence; families of the veterans and members of Bangladesh delegation were present on the occasion, said the official press release.

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