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Victory Day, December 16, 1971

Monday, Dec. 20, 1971

Bangladesh: Out of War, a Nation Is Born

"JAI Bangla! Jai Bangla!" From the banks of the great Ganges and the broad Brahmaputra, from the emerald rice fields and mustard-colored hills of the countryside, from the countless squares of countless villages came the cry. "Victory to Bengal! Victory to Bengal!" They danced on the roofs of buses and marched down city streets singing their anthem Golden Bengal. They brought the green, red and gold banner of Bengal out of secret hiding places to flutter freely from buildings, while huge pictures of their imprisoned leader, Sheik Mujibur Rahman, sprang up overnight on trucks, houses and signposts. As Indian troops advanced first to Jessore, then to Comilla, then to the outskirts of the capital of Dacca, small children clambered over their trucks and Bengalis everywhere cheered and greeted the soldiers as liberators.  - Time, December 20, 1971.

Read this full report and more from the links below.

Time Report

Observer Report

New York Times Report

Washington Post Report

Watch a historic video of the occupying Pakistani forces surrendering to the Joint Forces of Bangladesh and India.