Vijay Divas 1996
A commemorative postage stamp on the 25th Anniversary of Vijay Diwas, Liberation of Bangladesh, victory of the Indian Armed Forces over Pakistan in the 1971 war :
Issued by India
Issued on Dec 16, 1996
Issued for : The Department of Post is privileged to release a special commemorative stamp on this occasion.
Stamp, FDC, Cancellation design and Brochure :
Courtesy : Ministry of Defence
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multicolour
Denomination : 200 Paise
Overall size : 4.80 x 3.60 cms.
Printing size : 4.35 x 3.15 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported un w/m Adhesive Gravure Coated Stamp Paper in Sheets 50.8 x 53.5 cms.
Stamps Printed : 0.7 Million
Number per issue sheet : 20
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press, Nasik
- The Indian Armed Forces, have a long tradition of valour and courage, in the face of overwhelming odds. No where was this better demonstrated than in the heroic endeavours made by the Indian Armed Forces in the liberation of Bangladesh, in 1971.
- From the moment the operations were planned it was apparent that speed was going to be the key factor in the Operation for both political and military reasons; yet it was also clear that achieving speed and mobility was going to be the most difficult. The plan succeeded due to close cooperation among the three services and the highest standards of political and military leadership, skill and boldness in execution and consummate logistical management. While the Indian Army advanced in cooperation with freedom fighters of Bangladesh and converged on to Dhaka, the IAF within 48 hrs., completely pulverised the airfields achieving complete air superiority after the Naval fleet moved to blockade the Bay of Bengal. Air Force dropping of Army personnel at Tangail and Navy guarding the Bay of Bengal was a classic example of cooperation of the Army, Navy and Air Force. The basic aim in the Western Sector was to maintain a position of offensive defence and hence did not result in a major offensive.
- Operations in 1971 saw some of the greatest heroic deeds by our officers and men. As many as four Param Vir Chakras were awarded during the operations which stands testimony to the bravery of the Indian Armed Forces. On the occasion of Vijay Divas, we salute our brethren who have laid down lives in the service of the nation.
- Today as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary, we salute our officers and men who maintain eternal vigil along the vast international borders encompassing some of the most inhospitable terrains in the world to preserve the integrity of our country.