India won the direct war against Pakistan in 1971 and will emerge victorious in the ongoing `indirect war’ of cross-border terrorism sponsored by its western neighbour as well, defence minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday.
Inaugurating the ‘Swarnim Vijay Parv’ (Golden Jubilee celebration) at the India Gate lawns here to commemorate the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war, Singh said, “This war tells us that the partition of India on the basis of religion was a historic mistake. Pakistan was born in the name of one religion but it could not remain one.” “After the defeat of 1971, it is continuously fighting a proxy war. Pakistan wants to disrupt peace in India by promoting terrorism and other anti-India activities. The Indian forces had foiled their plans in 1971 and work to eliminate terrorism from its root is also underway. We have won in a direct war and the victory will be ours in the indirect war as well,” he added.
Singh said India contributed to the establishment of democracy in Bangladesh, which has progressed rapidly on the path of development over the last 50 years, in an inspiration for the rest of the world. Noting that Pakistan names its missiles after cruel invaders who attacked India like Ghauri, Ghaznavi and Abdali, he said the 1971 war was against not just the Pakistani army but also injustice and atrocities inflicted on the Bangladeshi people. “It was not just a victory of India over Pakistan, but also of justice over injustice… India has never attacked another country and never occupied a single inch of another country,” said Singh.