Friday, June 26, 2015

Modi Government's Big Plans for 50th Anniversary of 1965 War with Pakistan

New Delhi : June 26, 2015 11:28 IST 

The Narendra Modi government plans a big 35-crore celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1965 war with Pakistan. A mini Republic Day-type parade is planned at Rajpath, the Delhi boulevard that hosted a record-breaking yoga performance last week, government sources said. They said the month-long celebrations to honour the soldiers who fought the war will begin on August 28 - the day in 1965 that India captured the Haji Pir pass, now in Pakistan Administered Kashmir.
After initial reverses, India had won tactical victories in the 1965 war, which is largely seen as having had no clear result, ending with a United Nations-mandated ceasefire on September 23, 1965. Both sides have over the years claimed that they won the war; independent assessments say India had the upper hand when the UN stepped in leading to the Tashkent declaration.
The Modi government will emphatically celebrate the 1965 war as India's victory. The Rajpath parade will be held on September 20, and will include, apart from a show of military might, a thrilling aerial display with commandos slithering down ropes from helicopters. The government, sources said, also plans a "festival of victories" commemorating battles in Burkee, Khemkaran, Asal Uttar, Phillora , Parbhat Ali, Bhuj Monabao and Dograi.

The government also plans to honour Lal Bahadur Shastri, who was Prime Minister in 1965, and his powerful slogans like "Jai Jawan Jai Kisaan," in an attempt to reach out to both segments - the jawan (soldier) and the kisaan (farmer), recently upset with the BJP-led government's policies.

Farmers have been up in arms against the Land Acquisition Bill and former servicemen are angry that the government has not implemented "One rank One Pension" or OROP yet. Some 1965 war veterans have said they are boycotting the celebrations over OROP. "We will not attend any government function till OROP in implemented," said Major General (Retd.) Satbir Singh of the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement.

President Pranab Mukerjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are scheduled to attend at least two programmes each and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will attend at least one, sources said.
(Source- NDTV)


  1. Mr. Modi is surely a fit candidate for bollywood movies. Salman Khan and Shahruk Khan please make way for him.

  2. Shri. NAMO you and your Govt. are not fit to use the slogan JJJK. And there is absolutely no need to give a desigener clad appearance to conduct the show. Save the money for another foreign visit.

  3. All show no OROP JJJK also a show to divert minds of ex servismen ,kisan so be carefull

  4. Almost hundred percent of armed forces personal who fought in 65 war & are alive today are out in the street demanding OROP,widows of those not with us are the worst affected due to denial of OROP.So what the hell is this 50th anniversary celeberations about when those who actually participated in the events are being made to look like beggars! Service Chiefs must step in to stop this farce by the MOD, they are morally obliged to ensure this.

  5. Dear sir,
    It is like solemnizing wedding with procession, leaving behind thulan [bride],like that modi is celebrating 50th anniversary of 1965 war day without the active participation of stakeholders jawans who took part in war, all are in dharna on hunger strike. service chiefs shall take part because they may be assured of some important portfolio after retirement. mr advani correctly points out there is emergency like situation, thank god please salvage ex army from modi

  6. It is a drama. But Ex-servicemen not get their demand of OROP.

  7. This is to just mislead the AAM Admi about OROP demand by AF ,Pl read it carefully

  8. Let us not join these celebrations.let us continue unitedly our peaceful humble agitation for OROP. All great warriors of 1965 are at Jantar Mantar Then who is going to participate.