December 16 is celebrated as Vijay Diwas or Victory Day in India. It was on December 16, 1971 that the Pakistani forces in the then East Pakistan surrendered to end the 1971 December war between the two countries. Lt Gen Jagjit Singh Aurora, General Officer Commanding in Chief, Eastern Command accepted the surrender from Gen A A K Niazi. This is a memorable picture.
In my story, Col. Belliappa of the Indian Army fights in the Eastern Sector in what is now Bangla Desh and wins the Maha Vir Chakra for his bravery in action. His war wounds have a major bearing on what the future holds in store for him and his family.