iLEAD celebrated the 45th Vijay Diwas with the screening of iLEAD’s 1971 India’s Finest Hour in the gracious presence of Governor of West Bengal, His Excellency Keshari Nath Tripathi. After the felicitation of the Governor by iLEAD chairman Mr Pradip Chopra and the grand welcome of all the guests, the film was screened which depicts India’s intervention in the Bangladesh Liberation War and the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. The film is made with massive teamwork and support of iLEAD faculty and students along with the archival footages of the actual events drawn from National Film Archive of India, Associated Press News Archives, British Pathé News, Movietone News among other global news agencies and journalists.
The Indian military operation of 1971 has been described as a “lightning campaign” and is studied in military institutions across the world. The Indian campaign to liberate Bangladesh from West Pakistan initiated genocide and oppression was a remarkable one where different departments of the Indian government, all wings of the Armed Forces, the Border Security Force, the Defence Ministry, External Affairs Ministry, Home Ministry, Finance Ministry, Railways and RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) worked together like a well-oiled machine and surprised the world with what could be achieved in just 13 days.
His Excellency Keshari Nath Tripathi said– “I congratulate iLEAD, all its faculty and students who have worked together to create this film. It is a must watch film for every Indian to witness and experience India’s heroic role in Bangladesh Liberation War. It is an overlooked piece of history stitched together to recreate and convey the effort by India for preserving and protecting this great nation of ours and our brothers in Bangladesh. I wish all the students and faculty of iLEAD, great success in more such future efforts”
The event ended with High Tea for the dignitaries along with great appreciations for the film and iLEAD campus by all guests.