Indian Navy Day 2021: The importance of the Navy for India was probably never as much as it is today. But this importance was rarely understood in the right way. This is because the attacks and threats on India were more than the land route. Indian history is replete with incidents of attacks from the North West. But India’s maritime boundary is very vast, and in today’s international scenario, both its security and the importance of the Indian Navy have become more and more sensitive. Navy Day is celebrated on December 4, are an anniversary of a historical event and a day to see the Indian Navy in the proper perspective.
Why only on December 4
The Navy’s remarkable achievement is behind celebrating Navy Day in India on December 4 every year. In 1971, when there was a war between India and Pakistan for the liberation of Bangladesh. In the events of that war, on December 4, the Indian Navy attacked and destroyed the Karachi naval base of Pakistan. This day is celebrated in memory of its success.
That attack proved decisive
It was the result of the powerful and agile strategy of the Indian Navy that Pakistan was left stunned. And after this, Pakistan did not get a chance to recover from the war. At that time, the land border of India and Pakistan was very much due to being with Bangladesh. Therefore, from Pakistan’s point of view, the Navy’s importance was only that West Pakistan could send goods to East Pakistan through the Navy.
The role of the Indian Navy was huge in 1971
But against the hopes of Pakistan, India did not get a chance to recover after Pakistan shocked it through the Navy and pushed it on the back foot. Not only this, it was the result of the strategy of the Indian Navy that West Pakistan could not reach any help to East Pakistan through its Navy.
Indian Navy Day 2021: Navy Golden Victory Years
The year 2021 is the golden jubilee of the victory of the 1971 war. That is why this time, the Indian Navy is celebrating this day as Golden Victory Year. The Indian Navy was established by the East India Company in 1612, which was later renamed the Royal Indian Navy, and after independence in 1950, it was named the Indian Navy.
Navy Day was changing
Navy Day in India was earlier celebrated along with Trofaglar Day of the Royal Navy. The Royal Indian Navy celebrated Navy Day for the first time on October 21 1944. The purpose of celebrating this was to increase awareness about the Navy among ordinary people. After World War II from 1945, Navy Day was celebrated on December 1. After this, Navy Day continued to be celebrated on December 15 till 1972. Since 1972 it has been celebrated on December 4 only.
4 Pakistani ships were destroyed
Indian Navy Day is celebrated on December 4 in memory of the success of Operation Trident, under which the Indian Navy destroyed the port of Karachi. On this day, the Indian Navy sank four Pakistani ships, including its flagship ship PNS Khyber. Hundreds of Pakistani marines were killed in this operation.
Today there is a need to work in the broader perspective of the Indian Navy. China is becoming a big challenge for India by implementing its ambitious expansionist policy. By increasing its presence in the Indian Ocean, it is trapping the countries along the Indian maritime borders with East Asia in its debt trap. This includes Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar. India is also trying to reduce the dominance of China along with America, Australia and Japan.