On this day, December 16th, 35 years ago the Indian Armed Forces scored a spectacular victory against the Pakistanis. The Pakistani Army in East Pakistan under Lt Gen A.A.K. Niazi Surrendered to Lt Gen J.S. Aurora thus ending the war and leading to the creation of a new country, Bangladesh.
The victory was the result of excellent planning, co-ordination and hard work at all levels of the Armed Forces and for a refreshing change the civilian leadership led by then Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi played a supportive role to the war effort with her brilliant leadership.
But later the Indian diplomacy would return to its bad old ways and simply fritter away all the hard earned gains of our soldiers in the war at the Simla Conference of July 2, 1972.
Rediff.com On the 35th Anniversary of the end of the 1971 War