Colourful shows in Delhi marks 1965 India-Pakistan war anniversary celebrations

A mini Republic Day celebrations is seen at Rajpath, a ceremonial boulevard in New Delhi, marking the 50th anniversary of the 1965 war of India and Pakistan with great pomp.

NEW DELHI, INDIA (SEPTEMBER 20, 2015) (ANI) – A mini Republic Day celebrations was seen at Rajpath, a ceremonial boulevard in New Delhi on Sunday (September 20), marking the 50th anniversary of the 1965 war of India and Pakistan with great pomp.

The carnival called ‘Indradhanush’ (rainbow) featured martial displays, motor cycle stunts by service contingents, hot air balloon rides, music and dance shows which captivated thousands of people including men women and children.

Earlier on Sunday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the nation in his monthly radio programme ‘Mann ki Baat’ or ‘Talking from the Heart’ paid tributes to the soldiers of the 1965 war.

Modi had also visited the six-day exhibition ‘Shauranjali’ which had begun on Tuesday (September 15) at New Delhi’s unknown soldiers’ memorial monument, India Gate.

The exhibition which was to conclude after the carnival celebrations on Sunday has been extended till Tuesday (September 22).

Although the government maintains that Indian forces gained ‘victory’ in the war, it is disputed by academic records and officials, who say the war ended in a stalemate.

It is estimated that India lost 3,000 soldiers while 3,800 Pakistani soldiers were killed.

Fighting ended after the United Nations intervened.

Kashmir is claimed by both India and Pakistan and has been a major focus of tension in South Asia.