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Commemoration of 50th anniversary of historic victory over Pakistan Army

Port Blair ,

      In December 1971, the Indian Armed Forces had secured a decisive victory over Pakistan Army, and a new nation 'Bangladesh' was created. The victory also resulted into the largest Military surrender post World War-II wherein approximately 93,000 soldiers of the Pakistan Army surrendered to the Indian Army.
      To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic victory, the nation is celebrating Year 2021 as 'Swarnim Vijay Varsh'. The celebrations commenced with the Hon'ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi lighting the Victory Flame on December 16, 2020. The Victory Flame was lit from the eternal flame of the National War Memorial and signifies the bravery of our heroic soldiers during the war. Since then the Victory Flame is travelling across the length and breadth of India and a large number of commemorative events have been conducted during its journey.
      On 31st July, 2021, the Victory Flame would be handed over to the Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) at Chennai.  The Victory Flame would be received by the Joint -Services team of ANC and on the same day it will travel on an Indian Navy Ship from Chennai to Port Blair. At Port Blair Naval jetty, the Victory flame would be accorded a grand reception and a Joint-Services Guard of Honour.
      The Victory Flame will be in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands from August 3  to 28 , 2021. During this period, a large number of events have been jointly planned by the Civil Administration and Andaman and Nicobar Command and would witness participation from service veterans as well as the local population, particularly youth of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The Victory Flame will travel to all the major Islands of Andaman and Nicobar before being handed over to the Eastern Naval Command at Port Blair on 28th August, 2021.  
    In addition to commemoration of 50 years of the most spectacular military victory the world has witnessed and the creation of a new country, the celebrations would signify the Unity, Diversity and Strength of India, a press release from PRO ANCHQ said.