Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial
Referring to Pakistan’s constant threats, Shastri on 13th August 1065 roared and said that ‘If Pakistan had any idea of annexing any part of our territory by force, she should think afresh. I want to state categorically that force will be met with force and aggression against us will never be allowed to succeed’. After two days on Independence Day from the rampart of Red Fort, he said that ‘It does not matter if we are destroyed. We will fight to the last to maintain the high honour of Indian nation and its flag’. Unfortunately, on 01st September 1965 Pakistan dragged India into a full-scale war by openly attacked India from the Wagah Border and pressed into service US made Patton Tanks and F-104 Star-fighters, F-86 Sabre jet fighters, and B-57 bombers. He stood firm and ordered retaliation. He gave full freedom to the Army Commanders to ‘go forward and strike’.
Under his leadership as a wartime Prime Minister, the Indian armed forces resolutely repulsed the attack, came out victorious and handed a crushing defeat to Pakistan by destroying their invincible tanks and aircrafts; and did not buckle under China’s threat and steered India in war and diplomacy. After 22 days of fierce fighting, both the countries accepted ceasefire to become effective from 23rd September 1065. Soviet Premier, Alexie Kosygin, played an extremely crucial role in bringing both the nations at the negotiation table and sign the Tashkent Declaration of Friendship on 10th January 1966.
Major Bhupinder Singh in tears not beacuse of his severe injuries but as he could not stand to salute his PM.