Golden Jubilee of 1971 War

27 Dec 2021  Mon

Defence Minister of India unveiled an India Post special day cover and a commemorative stamp marking the golden jubilee of India’s victory during the 1971 Indo-Pak War on 16th December 2021. The day is the culmination of the year-long ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ celebrations, which began in December 2020.

December 16 is celebrated as ‘Vijay Diwas’ every year to mark the day of surrender and decisive victory of the Indian Armed Forces over Pakistani Armed Forces. Instrument of Surrender was signed by Commander Eastern Command of Pakistan, Lieutenant General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi accepting decisive defeat in Eastern Theatre. The historic victory of 1971 was achieved through the valor, gallantry, and professionalism of the commanders and troops and was the result of meticulous planning, dynamic leadership, and innovation at multiple echelons.

The stamp commemorates the iconic event in the history of the Indian Subcontinent. As its centerpiece, it carries the ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ logo, designed by Lieutenant Commander Kushal Chandrashekhar of the Indian Navy. The stamp is symbolic of the resilience and tenacity of soldiers, sailors, and airmen, who were motivated by their leaders and convinced by the righteousness of their cause.

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