Imphal: Manipur joined the rest of the country in paying tributes to the martyrs, who laid down their lives for the Nation during the Indo-Pakistan war in 1971, on Vijay Diwas on Thursday.
The state level observance was held at the Banquet Hall of 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles in presence of chief minister N. Biren Singh and deputy chief minister Y. Joykumar Singh as the chief guest and functional president respectively.
Biren said every citizen of the country should contribute and support towards making a strong and united India. He said any external threat can be warded off if the country is united.
Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the world has recognised the potential and capabilities of India. During the last few years, India’s international and diplomatic relations with different countries have improved a lot, he added.
Biren said the fight against Covid-19 pandemic, we have extended support to more than 100 countries in terms of supplying Covid-19 vaccines, medical items and logistics etc.
Speaking about Atmanirbhar Bharat Biren said building advanced fighter jets like Tejas for the Indian Air Force will strengthen the movement to create a self-reliant India. He mentioned that it is really sad that some politicians of the country are trying to defame and criticize every move of the government and the progressive spirit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Biren recalled the courage and valour of thousands of soldiers who defeated Pakistan in less than 13 days in the 1971 War. He urged the underground outfits to come to the negotiating table. He would extend the needful to bring a solution, he added.
Joykumar said concerted threats to the country from different sides were neutralised up to a large extent due to the victory of the war. On this day in 1971, General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi, along with around 98,000 troops surrendered to the Indian Army, he added.
Ministers, MLAs, chief secretary, DGP, administrative secretaries, heads of departments, high ranking civil and police officials attended the function.