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Victory day of Bangladesh

Victory Day
বিজয় দিবস
Victory Day Parade, 2012. National Parade ground, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Official name Bengali: বিজয় দিবস (Bijôy Dibôs)
Also called Vijay Diwas (India)
Observed by  Bangladesh
Celebrations Flag hoisting, parades, singing patriotic songs and the national anthem, speeches by the President and Prime Minister, entertainment and cultural programs.
Date 16 December
Next time 16 December 2016 (2016-12-16)
Frequency Annual
Related to Independence Day of Bangladesh

Victory day (Bengali: বিজয় দিবস Bijôy Dibôs) is a national holiday in Bangladesh celebrated on December 16 to commemorate the victory of the Allied forces High Command over the Pakistani forces in the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. The Commanding officer of the Pakistani Forces General AAK Niazi surrendered his forces to the Allied forces commander Lt. Gen. Jagjit Singh Aurora, which marked ending the 9 month-long[1] Bangladesh Liberation War and 1971 Bangladesh genocide and officially secession of East Pakistan into Bangladesh.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Recognition of Bangladesh 2
  • Celebration 3
  • Victory Day in India 4
  • Events commemorating Victory Day 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7

History

Signing event of Surrender instrument by Pakistan Chief of Army staff A.K. Niazi on 16 December 1971

The 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War (Bengali: মুক্তিযুদ্ধ Muktijuddho) was a war of independence,[2] which resulted in the secession of East Pakistan from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan[3] and established the sovereign nation of Bangladesh. The war pitted East Pakistan and India against West Pakistan, and lasted over a duration of nine months. One of the most violent wars of the 20th century, it witnessed large-scale atrocities, the exodus of 10 million refugees and the Killing of 3 million people.[4]

On 16 December 1971, Lieutenant General Amir Khan Niazi, CO of Pakistan Armed Forces located in East Pakistan signed the Instrument of Surrender. The Instrument of Surrender was a written agreement that enabled the surrender of the Pakistan Eastern Command in the Bangladesh Liberation War, and marked the end of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 in the Eastern Theater.

The surrender took place at the Ramna Race Course in Dacca on December 16, 1971. Lieutenant General Amir Khan Niazi and Lieutenant General Jagjit Singh Aurora, Joint Commander of Indian and Bangladesh Forces, signed the instrument amid thousands of cheering crowds at the race course. Air Commodore A. K. Khandker, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Bangladesh Armed Forces, and Lieutenant General J F R Jacob of the Indian Eastern Command, acted as witnesses to the surrender. Also present were Vice-Admiral Mohammad Shariff, commander of the Pakistani Naval Eastern Command and Air Vice-Marshal Patrick D. Callaghan of the Pakistan Air Force's Eastern Air Force Command, who signed the agreement. On behalf of Bangladesh, Air Commodore A. K. Khandker acted as witness to the surrender. Lieutenant General Jacob Rafael Jacob, Chief of Staff of the Indian Eastern Command, along with the other commanders of Indian naval and air forces, acted as witnesses on behalf of India. Aurora accepted the surrender without a word, while the crowd on the race course started shouting anti-Niazi and anti-Pakistan slogans.[5]

Recognition of Bangladesh

The Surrender of Pakistan Armed Forces marked the end of the Bangladesh Liberation War and the creation of Bangla Desh (later reduced to a single word). Most United Nations member nations were quick to recognise Bangladesh within months of its independence.[6]

Celebration

The celebration of Victory Day has taken place since 1972. The Jatiyo Smriti Soudho, the national memorial at Savar near Dhaka.

Jatiyo Smriti Soudho at Savar, a tribute to the martyrs of the Bangladesh Liberation War

Victory Day in India

India also commemorates victory over Pakistan on the same day in 1971 on Vijay Diwas.

Events commemorating Victory Day

  • 1971: State Bank of Pakistan became Bangladesh Bank.[7]
  • 1972: The constitution of the People's Republic of Bangladesh was enacted on 16 December.[8]
  • 1973: Gallantry awards of war were declared by Bangladesh Gazzett on 15 December.
  • 1996: Silver jubilee of victory was celebrated.
  • 2007: The remains of Bir Sreshtho Matiur Rahman were brought back to Bangladesh on 10 December.
  • 2013: New world record of the largest human flag was set when 27,117 volunteers gathered at the National Parade Ground holding red and green blocks to form the national flag of Bangladesh.[9][10]

See also

References

  1. ^ http://liberationwarmuseum.org/about-us
  2. ^ Library of Congress
  3. ^ Islamic Republic of Pakistan - The 1962 Constitution. Retrieved on 09 March, 2013.
  4. ^ en, Samuel; Paul Robert Bartrop, Steven L. Jacobs. Dictionary of Genocide: A-L. Volume 1: Greenwood. p. 34. ISBN 978-0-313-32967-8.
  5. ^ Of betrayal and bungling by Kuldip Nayar (Google cache link) - Indian Express 3 February 1998
  6. ^ "The Recognition Story". Bangladesh Strategic and Development Forum. Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  7. ^ Bangladesh Bank-BANGLAPEDIA
  8. ^ "Bangladesh Faces Same Problems". Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA: Herald-Journal, via Google News. Associated Press. 
  9. ^ "B’desh hits Guinness Book record with forming largest human national flag".  
  10. ^ "Bangladeshis form world’s largest human flag".  
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