India celebrates Vijay Diwas on December 16 to commemorate its victory over Pakistan in the 1971 war, which led to the creation of Bangladesh.  

On this day, Indians pay homage to the brave soldiers of our country. Vijay Diwas 2021 marks the 51th anniversary celebrations of India’s victory over Pakistan in 1971.

The defining moments in the history of the subcontinent also established the prowess of the Indian Armed Forces including the Army, Air Force and Navy.

On this day, the then Major-General in the Pakistan Army, Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi, surrendered to the joint forces of Indian Army and Bangladesh’s Mukti Bahini. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in a homage ceremony at the National War Memorial in Delhi and laid a wreath to honour the soldiers who were killed in the line of duty.

The flames were taken to key battle areas and also to the houses of gallantry award winners and veterans of the 1971 war.

Meanwhile, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind is in Bangladesh for grand celebrations of the Victory Day.  He is invited by his counterpart as ‘guest of honour.’