INDIA REMEMBERS FALLEN SOLDIERS OF 1971 WAR WITH PAKISTAN
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India remembers fallen soldiers of 1971 war with Pakistan
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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, along with the three service chiefs, pays tributes to soldiers who laid down their lives in the 1971 war against Pakistan.
NEW DELHI, INDIA (DECEMBER 16, 2016) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (ANI – NO ACCESS ARD/BBC)
1. (FROM RIGHT TO LEFT) INDIAN DEFENCE MINISTER MANOHAR PARRIKAR, ARMY CHIEF GENERAL DALBIR SINGH, NAVY CHIEF MARSHAL SUNIL LANBA, AND AIR FORCE CHIEF MARSHAL ARUP RAHA, LAYING WREATH AT THE AMAR JAWAN JYOTI OR FLAME OF THE IMMORTAL SOLDIER
2. PARRIKAR AND SINGH STANDING
3. PARRIKAR, SINGH, LANBA AND RAHA SALUTING
4. CLOSE OF AMAR JAWAN JYOTI
5. A SOLDIER'S CAP LAID ATOP AN INVERTED RIFLE
6. (SOUNDBITE) (English) INDIAN DEFENCE MINISTER, MANOHAR PARRIKAR, SAYING: "I don't have to stress on the importance of the day. It's a day when we achieved a decisive victory and created a new country."
VISAKHAPATNAM, ANDHRA PRADESH, INDIA (DECEMBER 16, 2016) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (ANI – NO ACCESS ARD/BBC)
7. WIDE OF VICTORY AT SEA WAR MEMORIAL
8. MORE OF THE MEMORIAL
9. CHIEF OF STAFF, EASTERN NAVAL COMMAND, VICE ADMIRAL ATUL KUMAR JAIN, LAYING WREATH
10. SOLDIERS STANDING
11. VARIOUS OF JAIN SALUTING
12. SOLIDER STANDING
13. JAIN SIGNING A BOOK
KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL, INDIA (DECEMBER 16, 2016) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (ANI – NO ACCESS ARD/BBC)
14. WIDE OF VIJAY SMARAK OR WAR MEMORIAL/BAND PLAYING
15. CLOSE OF FLAME
16. HELICOPTERS FLYING/OFFICERS OF EASTERN COMMAND WALKING TO LAY WREATHS
17. ARMY OFFICERS SITTING
18. OFFICERS OF THE EASTERN COMMAND SALUTING
19. MORE OF HELICOPTERS FLYING
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20. ARMY TANK PLYING ON THE ROAD
21. PLANES FLYING
22. SOLDIERS WALKING
23. VARIOUS OF PEOPLE CHEERING
24. STILL IMAGE OF PAKISTANI ARMY COMMANDER IN EASTERN COMMAND, LIEUTENANT GENERAL AAK NIAZI, SIGNING THE INSTRUMENT OF SURRENDER IN FRONT OF GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING IN CHIEF OF INDIA IN THE EASTERN THEATRE, LIEUTENANT GENERAL JAGJIT SINGH AURORA
STORY: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, along with the three service chiefs, on Friday (December 16) paid tributes to soldiers who laid down their lives in the 1971 war against Pakistan.
'Vijay Diwas' or victory day is observed every year on December 16 to mark India's decisive military victory over Pakistan in the third war between the neighbours, which led to the creation of Bangladesh as a separate nation.
Parrikar – along with Army Chief, General Dalbir Singh; Navy Chief, Marshal Sunil Lanba and Air Force Chief, Marshal Arup Raha – laid wreaths at India Gate, a memorial dedicated to unknown soldiers since World War I, in New Delhi.
"I don't have to stress on the importance of the day. It's a day when we achieved a decisive victory and created a new country," said Parrikar.
Friday marked the 45th anniversary of the India-Pakistan war, the first war the Indian army won after World War-II.
The fallen Indian soldiers were also remembered by Eastern Naval Command in southern port city of Visakhapatnam and Eastern Command of the Army in Kolkata city.
Senior navy and army personnel paid rich tributes to the soldiers at Victory at Sea War Memorial and Vijay Smarak or victory memorial in Visakhapatnam and Kolkata respectively.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to praise the sacrifices of Indian soldiers.
"Vijay Diwas is a fitting reminder of the valour & sacrifice of all those who fought courageously in the 1971 war. Tributes to them," Modi said in a tweet.
What was East Pakistan at the end of British rule in 1947 broke away into independent Bangladesh in 1971 after a war between Bangladeshi nationalists, backed by India, and Pakistani forces. About three million people were killed in the war.
Bangladesh won independence with India's help in December 1971 following a nine-month war against West Pakistan.