To commemorate 50 years of the 1971 Indo-Pak War, 2021 is being celebrated as “Swarnim Vijay Varsh” (Golden Victory Year).
It was on December 16, 1971 that the Indian armed forces achieved a stellar and historical victory over Pakistan, which led to the creation of Bangladesh and the largest military surrender in conventional war after the Second World War.
As part of the 50h anniversary celebrations, trekking along the David Scott Trail was conducted by F Comp Sig Regt under the aegis of HQ 101 Area today for school and college students, Tri Services members and veterans. The trek was flagged off at 9am from Mawphlang village with around 200 trekkers participating.
The David Scott Trail was named after a British officer who discovered it in the first half of the 19th century as a mule track for travelling between Assam and East Bengal.
The trek is blessed with mesmerizing natural wonders such as cascading waterfalls, crystal clear streams gushing down from mountains, typical Khasi villages, scenic valleys, forest groves and expansive meadows.
One of the aims of the trek is to also help to create awareness among the civil population about the armed forces and their role during glorious victory in the 1971 War.