Victory over Pakistan in 1971 war is India’s greatest achievement, says Governor

GT Desk
Wednesday, 15 September 2021

The ‘Victory Flame’ of Swarnim Vijay Varsh had arrived in Goa on September 9.  

Stating that the 1971 war was the greatest achievement of India, Governor P S Sreedharan Pillai on Tuesday said that there were lessons to be learnt from 1971 that led to the creation of Bangladesh and said all religions must come together and unite.

He was speaking at a commemorative event held at Azad Maidan in Panaji to felicitate veterans from Goa who had participated in the 1971 war. The event was held as part of Swarnim Vijay Varsh, celebrating the ‘Golden Jubilee’ of India’s victory over Pakistan in 1971.

“The 1971 Bangladesh war, according to me, (there was) a false concept regarding a nation…a nation based on religion and a particular school of thought. It will never exist. Gandhiji and others always stood for a united India. Then, one group of people, I am not mentioning any names or anything, they stated that no, religion is the basis for a country, so we want a separate country… But in 1971, that country was divided into two because of the people of East Pakistan. Bangladesh, they gave a verdict in favour of the Awami League-led by Shaikh Mujibur Rehman,” he said.

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He also said that the 1971 war had taught us many lessons. “People from all walks of life — Hindu, Muslim, Christians, everybody should unite together. Our endeavour should be to achieve the targeted goal for that purpose, we will try. This is the apt time for that,” the Governor said.

He also remembered the then Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi and Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw and their roles in giving justice to the people of East Pakistan, which was liberated into Bangladesh.

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, who was also present at the event, said, “I welcome the Vijay Mashaal in Goa and I feel very proud to be part of this gathering. By remembering the 1971 war, the youth will once again feel inspired and it will ignite values of patriotism.”

The ‘Victory Flame’ of Swarnim Vijay Varsh had arrived in Goa on September 9.  

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