As our pride of the nation IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman comes back to the motherland India with a hero’s welcome, the time is perfect to highlight the historical triumph of Indian Army’s most decisive win over Pakistan in 1971 - where RAW played the most crucial role.
With Bollywood hunk John Abraham playing the role of a RAW agent in his upcoming espionage thriller ROMEO AKBAR WALTER reportedly donning 8 different avatars in the Robbie Grewal directed movie, we look at the 10 historic facts during India Pakistan 1971 war that defeated Pakistan completely and made them helplessly surrender. Before watching ROMEO AKBAR WALTER, the following 10 facts is a must for every Indian to know how RAW made the Indian Army receive the most thunderous applause - the grand salute.
India is finally narrating the unmatched contributions of RAW to India’s security and nation building. Starring John Abraham, RAW (ROMEO AKBAR WALTER) is a film that will look at this organization’s contribution in the 1971 war.
Now that’s makes the wait for ROMEO AKBAR WALTER more and eager now as we bask in the extraordinary glory of our Army.
It took just 13 days to break the backbone of Pakistan’s military on their home turf, making the 1971 war one of the shortest wars in history, for India to emerge victorious. This decisive and powerful victory could not have been possible for India without vital information and patient, detailed espionage by RAW. It also helped in bringing about the liberation and formation of Bangladesh. With history repeating itself, the Indian Air Force has been used for the first time in the Pakistan controlled air space after the 1971 Indo-Pak war. With our neighbour Pakistan gearing up for a war, it seems like they have forgotten the biggest defeat of 1971.
In this war, over 3,800 soldiers of India and Pakistan sacrificed their lives to end this genocide. The war stripped Pakistan of more than half of its population and with nearly one-third of its army in captivity.
The Indian Army quickly responded to the Pakistan Army's movements in the west and captured around 15,010 kilometres of Pakistan territory
Events of 1971 compelled India to act rapidly. As over 10 million refugees crowded in India’s eastern borders of Assam, the Indian Army retaliated against Pakistani troops and their cruel actions in Bangladesh.
However, in 1971when elections led to the victory of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Awami League, results didn’t please the Pakistani government. Crushing the freedom and democracy, a violent and merciless crackdown began on students, politicians and academicians nationwide. As has been Pakistan’s style of operation, the military sieged East Pakistan and began a clean-up operation with an iron fist.
Given the threat that East Pakistan proved to India, RAW stepped in with guerrilla tactics and intelligence strategies to bring a proper solution but decided not to directly intervene. A full-fledged operation to recruit, train, arm, equip, supply and advise Mukti Bahini fighters was launched. Special Frontier Force, a special division of RAW came into being to aid the Bahini in its operations.
After the Partition, Pakistan was made of two parts and the differences between the East and West were visible early. Bengali resentment over injustice and humiliation was not just cultural — it was also a result of the economic marginalization of East Pakistan.
RAW, the backbone of Indian intelligence and strategic operations played an invaluable role in the 1971 war. Not as stylized or fictionalized in popular imagination as the CIA or Britain’s M16,RAW has silently protected us at our borders and in the homeland; always upholding its MOTTO which says - The law protects when it is protected.
Marking the end of our subcontinent’s most decisive war, the Pakistan army unconditionally surrendered to the Indian Army on December 16, 1971. With the stroke of a pen, Bangladesh was born, and 93,000 Pakistani soldiers were taken as Prisoners of War. Followed with a ceremonial surrender at the Ramna Race Course in Dhaka, the world witnessed the biggest ever military surrender by a nation since World War 2.