This was stated by Vice Navy Chief Chawla at an event organized to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1971 war.
Vile Admiral AK Chawla
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Southern Naval Command Commanding-in-Chief Flag Officer Chawla addressed an air force conference at Yelahanka Air Base in Bangalore on Saturday. The event was organized to mark the 50th anniversary of India’s victory in the 1971 war. The Air Force is celebrating it as the ‘Golden Victory Year’. In fact, in 1971, Bangladesh launched a war against the Pakistan Army to liberate Mukti Bahini East Pakistan. The Indian Air Force supported the liberation of Bangladesh. In this war Pakistan was defeated and Bangladesh was formed.
This is a difficult time for India
Vice Admiral Chawla said that ISI support for terrorism in the Northeast was coming from the Chittagong hills and from there the work of responding appropriately had begun. We trained the free force. Then India was very weak. If you remember things, you imagined that the Congress was divided and that Indira Gandhi could be the Prime Minister and that government would not last long.
An Indian plane was hijacked on January 30, 1971
The documents clearly state that some Kashmiri separatists claimed to have hijacked an Indian Airlines flight to Lahore on January 30, 1971. The Indian government then closed the air facilities and this prevented Pakistan from assembling weapons in East Pakistan and had to go over Colombo, which proved difficult and expensive for her. Even after Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founder of Bangladesh, won the election, Yahya Khan (who later became Pakistan’s general president) did not allow him to become prime minister, and things began to go awry in Pakistan. Finally, in March 1971, Mujibur Rahman declared Bangladesh independence and annexed it to West Pakistan, after which India went to war in April. India’s response was very definite.
India-Bangladesh relations are very deep
Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, who attended the event via video conference, said India remains a committed partner in Bangladesh’s economic progress and prosperity and relations between the two countries are deeper than any other strategic partnership. Relations between India and Bangladesh have matured over the years. The freedom fighters still serve as a bridge between the two countries. The regular exchanges between the security forces of the two countries are a reflection of our shared security views.