Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Remember This ??

Lt Gen AAK Niazi of Pakistan Army, signing the surrender of 90,000 Pak troops to Lt Gen Jagjit Singh Arora of Indian Army at Dhaka, immediately after the end of Indo Pak war on 16th December 1971. Please see the text of the document below. (click here to see details)
Today is 16th December 2008. In 1971, on this day, Pakistan Army had suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Indian Army and 90,000 strong Pakistani Armed troops had surrendered to the Indian Army. Pakistan had been cut to size. Erstwhile East Pakistan was liberated. A new country, Bangladesh, was born. Let us remember our brave soldiers, who were led by Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw. Also let us remind our adversaries not to mess with India and the Indian Army.

16 comments:

Ashwani Saini said...

Sir,
..very very timely post! my compliments for the same.

Reflections said...

Thank U for the post. And I echo Ashwani Saini words....A very timely post!!!!!!!!
And to our adversaries, a word of caution...Do not mistake our tolerance for weakness.

Good Post Sir!!!!!!!!!!!

Indian Home Maker said...

A timely reminder! I did not know the date was 16th Dec.
Lovely reminder,and I agree, kindness, tolerance and generosity must be supported by the confidence that only strength can bring.

PARRY said...

I bet during this time in 1971 our country was far more united than at present.
My salute to the bravery of those involved.

J P Joshi said...

Thank you for remembering, and also for this very relevant and timely post about this surrender. The subsequent birth of a new nation thereafter was historic. This event will long be remembered for the surrender of 90,000 fully armed troops of Pakistan.

More importantly, it will also be remembered as a valuable lesson in history that says that modern nation-states cannot be built on the basis of religion alone.

Renu said...

yes i still remember the day and the euphoria we felt, In our college, half day was anounced.
i have very vivid memories of that war, thats what i was writing to one of our fellow blogger in the comments.

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Mampi said...

Thanks for reminding us all.
It was in March that I took kids to IIAS and showed them the pictures of the historic moment in 1971, though the venue was somewhere else in Simla, wasnt it?

How do we know said...

Hats off to this post!

Indian Home Maker said...

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Balvinder Singh said...

Ashwani thanks, yes some things look more befitting if done at appropriate time.

Reflections and IHM, you know Lord Hanuman was reminded of his powers, we have to remind our leaders, who are begging US and UN to get Pakistan fall in line, forgetting that they have one of the best Armed Forces in the world to do that job

Parry yes i feel our country looked more united thirty seven years ago because number of those who are attempting to divide the country for their self interest is increasing day by day

JP, i think the two nation theory has collapsed like a pack of cards. Pakistan's very foudation is neither religion nor any thing else but just hate against India. Their leaders will survive as long as they can keep that hate alive.

Renu, i was also in the college those days and Indo Pak war proved as great motivation for me to join Indian Army

Manpreet I have added details under the picture after reading your comment. Shimla was a venue for Shimla agreement in July 1972. The agreement was signed between Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Indira Gandhi. I got a chance to see him and his daughter Ms Benazeer from close quarters, as they used to come shopping on the Mall at Shimla.

Thanks, How Do We Know

IHM you are welcome. I also learnt quite a few things from my blogger friends.

Another Kiran In NYC said...

Memories, Memories!

That was a heady day.

Congratulations to all those who defend freedom.

The Luscious one! said...

This is the exact reason why as Pakistanis must be vigilant against your aggression. The day which will live in infamy in the history of Pakistan and Muslims is rejoiced so much by you. Yes the other YOU. Indian subcontinent never was one nation and it is high time that you guys accept our existence.

We will NEVER accept your domination. You people need to reform your security and intelligence infrastructure before blaming Pakistan for your every failing.

Indian Home Maker said...

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Balvinder Singh said...

Luscious One -- thanks for visiting and for responding. Frankly speaking, India never launched an aggression against any country. The 1971 war was invited by the misadventure of Pakistan Army which has always led your country into a mess. The Bangladesh liberation was the result of many years of opression of Muslims in erstwhile East pakistan and final nail in the coffin was the genocide which President Yahya Khan had ordered on 25th March 1971. It took nine months for India's patience to break before the things were put in order by the Indian Army in December 1971.

And yes we have our own administrative weaknesses like any other democracy but that does not mean that you keep sending your goons to kill innocent men, women and children by exploiting those weaknesses. It is high time you realise that your country is on the verge of collapsing and to survive it needs good governance and not the cruches offered to you by terror outfits, your heady Army and ISI who are all hand in glove with Taliban.

Usha Pisharody said...

Thank you for this!

I too had not known the exact date, till I came here :) Much has been said, and is being said about our response to the happenings at Mumbai... but the cake was well taken by our protestations and rejoinder that we are not taking up positions to combat any activity on our Borders...!

I like the example you have give of Lord Hanuman having to be reminded...:) Very very apt.

Balvinder Singh said...

Thank you Usha. Yes we will have to keep reminding ourselves of our weaknesses and our streangths as well as be awake to the threats around us.