Partition on the basis
of religion was historical
mistake: Rajnath Singh

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NEW DELHI: India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that Pakistan wants to break India by promoting terrorism and the Indian security forces foiled his plans in 1971 and now work is going on to eliminate terrorism from the root.

Addressing the Swarnim Vijay Parv celebrations at India Gate to commemorate 50 years of India’s historic victory in the 1971 war and Indo-Bangladesh friendship, Rajnath Singh said, “Pakistan wants to break India by promoting terrorism. Indian forces foiled his plans in 1971 and now work is going on to eliminate terrorism from the root. We have won in a direct war, victory will be ours in an indirect war also.”

NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addresses the gathering at the inaugural ceremony of ‘Swarnim Vijay Parv’, at India Gate, in New Delhi on Sunday. (ANI Photo) 

Defence Minister pointed out that a neighbouring country is continuously fighting a proxy war with India.

“This war also tells us that the partition of India on the basis of religion was a historical mistake. Pakistan was born in the name of one religion but it could not remain one. After the defeat of 1971, our neighbouring country is continuously fighting a proxy war in India,” he said.

“This Vijay Parv festival is not only of any particular operation, but the spirit of victory settled in the soul of the countrymen and our armies, which is present in all parts of our armies from Rani Laxmibai to Major Somnath Sharma, Veer Abdul Hamid and Captain Vikram Batra today,” Defence Minister said.

NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visits an exhibition at the inauguration of ‘Swarnim Vijay Parv’, at India Gate, in New Delhi on Sunday. The event commemorates the 50 years of India’s victory in the 1971 war and the Indo-Bangladesh friendship. (ANI Photo)

Recalling the two world wars, he said, “In the twentieth century, there were two world wars which lasted for many years. After both the world wars, if the most decisive wars of the twentieth century are counted, then the 1971 war will be counted among the most decisive wars in the world.”

Singh highlighted that, unlike our country, Pakistan chooses to name its missiles after invaders who attacked India. 

The Union Minister further said, “How strong is the feeling of anti-India in Pakistan…it can be seen from the fact that they name their missiles after the invaders who attacked India. Ghori, Ghaznavi, Abdali! They should be asked whether they even attacked today’s Pakistani territory.”

NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh pays floral tributes to the portrait of first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, at the inauguration of ‘Swarnim Vijay Parv’, at India Gate, in New Delhi on Sunday. CDS General Rawat lost his life in an IAF Mi-17V5 chopper crash in Coonoor. (ANI Photo) 

He said, “Whereas India’s missiles are named Akash, Prithvi, Agni. Now one of our missiles has also been named Sant. He had a successful test yesterday only. I congratulate the entire team of DRDO.”

‘Swarnim Vijay Parv’ is being celebrated at India Gate, New Delhi from December 12 till December 13, 2021, to commemorate 50 years of India’s historic victory in the 1971 war and the Indo-Bangladesh friendship. The event was inaugurated by Rajnath Singh today. Major weapons and equipment used during the 1971 war have been displayed along with the snippets of major battles. (ANI)