Defence Minister Rajnath Singh felicitated the veterans of the 1971 India-Pakistan war at a function in Assam’s Guwahati 23 April.
Over 300 war veterans, Veer Naris and their families attended the felicitation ceremony organised by the Government of Assam to honour the valour, dedication and sacrifice of the bravehearts who fought the enemy and ensured victory in the 1971 war.
Lt Col Quazi Sajjad Ali Zahir (Retd), a Bangladeshi veteran of 1971 war who was awarded with a Padma Shri ,was among those present. Some of the veterans of the 1965 war were also in attendance, the Defence Minstry said in a release.
In his address, Shri Rajnath Singh expressed his happiness at meeting the war heroes and Veer Naris and paid tributes to those who made the supreme sacrifice in the service of the Nation.
He described the veterans as important assets of the nation who are an inspiration to every Indian. “An in-service soldier is India’s strength and a veteran is an ever-lasting inspiration to stand by that strength,” he said.