NEW DELHI: The big celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1965 war with Pakistan started this evening in Delhi’s Rajpath today, which included, among other things, a thrilling aerial display.
The flypast began precisely at 4.19 pm, in which squadrons of Advanced Light Helicopters ALH-IA, Sukhoi 30s and Mi 17s took part.
The month-long celebrations to honour the soldiers who fought the war had started on August 28 — the day India had captured the Haji Pir pass, which now lies in Pakistan Administered Kashmir.
After initial reverses, India had won tactical victories in the war, which is largely seen as having had no clear result, ending with a United Nations-mandated ceasefire on September 23, 1965.
Over the years, both sides have claimed that they won the war. Independent assessments say India had the upper hand when the UN stepped in, leading to the Tashkent declaration.