New Delhi, December 14: Calling India’s victory in the 1971 war one of the most important events in world history and a triumph of justice over injustice, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said the war on atrocities against ordinary people shows India’s commitment to humanity.
Singh recalled the heroes of the Indian Army who secured a historic victory – Gen. (later Field Marshal) Sam Manekshaw, Lt. Gen. Jagjit Singh Aurora, then Commanding General Officer, Eastern Command, Lt. Gen. JFR Jacob and Air Marshal Idris Hassan Latif and others.
“These heroes included Hindus, Muslims, Parsis, Sikhs and Jews. This is proof of India’s firm conviction to grant equal respect to all religions, ”he said, adding that all of these brave soldiers were from different states, however, it was the feeling of Indianness which made them one.
Singh also paid a heartfelt tribute to the first President of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur-Rahman, calling him a beacon for the people of his country. He appreciated the fact that Bangladesh has made giant strides on the development path since its liberation.
Commending the personnel of the armed forces, including veterans, for their selfless service, Singh described them as the protectors of India’s unity and integrity. “Today, our country is advancing uninterruptedly on the path of progress. It is thanks to our brave soldiers who stand firm at the borders. This country is sleeping peacefully because our soldiers are awake, ”he said.
Stating that no price can be paid for the sacrifices made by veterans, the Minister of Defense expressed his gratitude and assured all possible government support to ensure their well-being.
“Every warrior today is a respected veteran of tomorrow. It is our duty to ensure their well-being. This government understands this very well, which is why, as soon as we came to power in 2014, we responded to the long-standing demand for One Rank One Pension, ”he added.
Reiterating the government’s determination to ensure the well-being and ease of life of former military personnel, Singh said, many online services have been launched under Digital India, including smart canteen cards for shopping, implementation of the pension administration system (Raksha) – SPARSH- for the automation of sanctions and the payment of the defense pension and online access to benefit from the services of the Council of Kendriya Sainik and the Directorate general resettlement. “Our aim is to ensure the well-being of our members of the armed forces not only during their service, but also after their retirement”, he added.
He called on the people, especially the young, to follow in the gallant footsteps of the veterans and to work for nation building with full capacity, dedication and dedication.
“I call on the citizens to move forward with devotion and dedication and build a new India that is strong and self-reliant. It will be a real tribute to our brave soldiers, ”he said.
Singh interacted with Indian veterans and Mukti Jodhas of Bangladesh in New Delhi on December 14, 2021, as part of Swarnim Vijay Varsh’s celebrations, marking 50 years of India’s historic victory in the 1971 war. gathering included 30 Mukti Jodhas, the families of the four Param Vir Chakras and other laureates as well as veterans. The Mukti Jodhas were invited to participate in the Swarnim Vijay Varsh events to honor the brave who took part in the 1971 war.
In his speech, Singh paid rich tributes to the brave soldiers, sailors and air warriors who secured the victory of the 1971 war by making supreme sacrifices while showing devotion to duty.
On occasion, soil collected from different locations from major battles fought during the war has been shuffled by the Minister of Defense to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of 1971 War Victory. He described it as a symbol of “unity in diversity”.
Singh also published a coffee table book titled “The War of 1971: An Illustrated History ‘. The book has been compiled into six chapters and includes some first-hand experiences of veterans. The book includes bravery accounts from four Param Vir Chakras, 76 Maha Vir Chakras, and other Bravery Award winners as well as anecdotes from veterans.