Vijay Diwas Facts: India Celebrates by paying Homage to Nation Martyrs: Vijay literally means Victory. It is commemorated every 16th of December in India, as it marks its military victory over Pakistan in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.
The signing of the Instrument of Surrender by Pakistan forces’ Eastern Command Chief, Lt. General A.A.K. Niazi, on December 16, 1971, in Dhaka brought the nine-month war for the liberation of Bangladesh to an end.
This day is celebrated as Vijay Diwas annually.
Vijay Diwas Facts:
- The Instrument of Surrender was a written agreement that enabled the surrender of the Pakistan Armed Forces on 16 December 1971 at the Ramna Race Course garden now named Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka.
- Bangladesh a new nation was born after the war. The end of the war resulted in the unilateral and unconditional surrender of the Pakistan Army and subsequent secession of East Pakistan into Bangladesh
- On this day in 1971, the Chief of the Pakistani forces, General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi, along with 93,000 troops, surrendered.
- The Indian Minister of Defence and heads of all three wings of the Indian armed forces pay homage at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate in New Delhi
- Bangladesh celebrates this day as Victory Day.
- The text Document of Surrender is kept in the National Museum New Delhi.
- The Document of Surrender