Swarnim Vijay Varsh 1971-2021
A commemorative postage stamp on the Swarnim Vijay Varsh, Golden Jubilee of victory of the Indian Army in Indo-Pak war of 1971 :
Issued by India
Issued on Dec 16, 2021
Issued for : Department of Posts is pleased to issue the Commemorative Postage Stamp on Swarnim Vijay: 1971-2021, a historic event for India and a day of pride for us all.
Stamp/FDC/Brochure/Cancellation Cachet : Ms. Nenu Gupta
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 302400
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
- The Year 2021 marks the 50th Anniversary of the victory of the Indian Armed Forces during the 1971 Indo-Pak War. As a mark of tribute and celebration of the victory, the period December 2020-2021 is being observed as Swarnim Vijay Varsh by the Indian Armed Forces.
- 16 December, the day of the surrender of Pakistani forces, is celebrated as Vijay Diwas each year. This day witnessed the conclusion of the War with the Indian Armed Forces gaining a decisive victory over Pakistan. Pakistani forces in East Pakistan under the leadership of Lieutenant General AAK Niazi, surrendering to the Indian Armed forces, led by Lt Gen JS Aurora, GOC-in-C, Eastern Command. Also present during the Surrender Ceremony were Vice Admiral N Krishnan, FOC-in-C, Eastern Naval Command and Air Marshal HC Dewan, AOC-in-C, Eastern Air Command.
- The 1971 Indo-Pak war commenced with Pakistan launching pre-emptive strikes on a large number of IAF bases. A swift response to these unprovoked attacks was launched by the Indian Armed Forces on the Western and Eastern Fronts, on Land, Sea and Air. Offensive action by the Indian Armed Forces led to the capture of Dhaka in East Pakistan, surrender of 93000 Pakistani soldiers and the emergence of Bangladesh as an independent nation. This was the largest surrender of Armed Forces post World War II. The historic victory of 1971 was achieved through the valour, gallantry and professionalism of the Commanders and Troops. It was a result of meticulous planning, dynamic leadership and innovation at multiple echelons. The stamp is symbolic of the resilience and tenacity of Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen, who were motivated by their leaders and convinced by the righteousness of their cause. As for the enemy, it had no way but surrender.
- The defining characteristic of the war was the jointness and integration achieved among the three arms of India’s Defence Forces. This, more than anything else, resulted in the success of the lightning campaign leading to the liberation of Bangladesh.
- The stamp commemorates the iconic event in the history of Indian Subcontinent. As its centerpiece, it carries the Swarnim Vijay Varsh logo, designed by Lt Cdr Kushal Chandrashekhar of the Indian Navy, which was selected during an All India Competition held in Oct-Nov 2020. The stamp also commemorates the espirit-de-corps and spirit of jointmanship displayed by the Indian Armed Forces as well as the Indo-Bangla Forces.
- With the launch of the Swarnim Vijay Varsh Stamp, India celebrates the professionalism and valour of its Armed Forces and reaffirms its commitment to its old friend and close neighbor, Bangladesh.
- Text : Referenced from content provided by Army Postal Service.