Centre to commemorate 50th anniversary of 1965 war

The Central government led by the BJP is planning to observe the 50th anniversary of the 1965 India-Pakistan war. 

The famous “Jai Jawan, Jai Kissan” slogan of the then prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri will be used for the celebrations to counter the Opposition parties’ bid to cash in on simmering resentment among farmers and retired soldiers. 

The anniversary will be observed with a series of events commencing on August 28 – commemorating the Army’s success in capturing a key post at Haji Pir on the same day 50 years ago. 

The capture enabled the Army to bring Lahore under artillery and mortar fire. Apart from felicitating the Army and Air Force war veterans and holding a parade on Rajpath on September 20, the government is planning a few other events with the main theme being “Jai Jawan, Jai Kissan”.

Reviving the famous slogan is apparently aimed not only at usurping yet another legacy of the Congress, but also at placating the farmers and retired soldiers, some of whom are upset with the Narendra Modi government. 

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