Story Of “True Friends” 1971: How Russia Defended India Against West Backed Pakistan

The whole planet knows that New Delhi and Moscow are all-weather buddies, and the bond is not just because of strategic ties but also the bond between the individuals of the two countries. Since the days of the USSR, Russia especially sided with India, and New Delhi sided with Moscow.

Today, when India is lining up with USA and Russia is aligning with China, Russia and India are still each other’s tightest friends. Many Indians helped Russia during the Ukrainian crisis, even after knowing that Russia had begun this war and attacked Ukrainian cities. Till today, two Indians proved they died in Ukraine.

Why does India still support Russia In Russian-Ukraine War?


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On August 9, 1971, New Delhi and the USSR marked a ‘Peace and Friendship’ agreement, applying the groundwork for a sensational victory in Bangladesh’s independence effort three months later.

In 1971, New Delhi was dangerous due to an unacceptably enormous number of refugee inhabitants. The US, the Uk, and Beijing were all on Pakistan’s side in the impending battle.

India’s only chance was to defeat the support of the USSR as a balancing strength. The agreement reached in New Delhi by India’s Sardar Swaran Singh and the Soviet Union’s redoubtable Andrei Gromyko, foreign ministers of their governments, respectively, provided that India blocked any possible Anglo-American and Chinese assistance to Pakistan.

How Moscow Became “Big Brother” Of New Delhi

Task Force 74 was a naval task workforce that lived on two different events. During the Pacific drive, the first Task Workforce 74 was an integrated Allied force including Royal Australian Navy, Royal Navy and US Navy ships that were used against Japanese troops from 1943 until 1945. The second Task Force 74 was constructed from the Seventh Caravan of the US Navy, which was shipped to the Bay of Bengal by the Nixon government in December 1971, at the peak of the Indo-Pakistani War.

In response to the American military existence in the area, the Soviet Union, actively helping Indian efforts politically and militarily during the battle, deployed two batches of cruisers and destroyers and a submarine fitted with nuclear bombs.

If and when the crisis burst, the Indo-Soviet treaty would protect India against any possible Chinese participation in Pakistan’s favour. As a result, armed Indian intervention and the sovereignty of East Pakistan became clear to Pakistan’s administration.

Operation Chengiz Khan

Pakistan founded Operation Chengiz Khan on December 3, 1971, celebrating the official start of the war in the Indo-Pak dispute. New Delhi’s reply was a defensive military strategy in the western theatre, whereas, in the eastern theatre, it was an extensive, systematic, and practical attack drive. The US began efforts for an UN-sponsored ceasefire on December 5, which Russia twice blocked in the UN Security Council.

On December 6, New Delhi expanded its recognition to Dhaka

The USA got spying information on December 8 that India was scheduling an invasion of West Pakistan. The US Task Workforce 74, a ten-ship naval task force projected from the Seventh Caravan off the beach of South Vietnam, was shipped into the Bay of Bengal in reaction to this plan.

The USS Enterprise guided the task force. With 70 fighter jets, the Enterprise was the world’s most enormous nuclear-powered conveyance, weighing 75,000 tonnes. With 20 fighter jets, India’s Navy was controlled by the 20,000-tonne INS Vikrant.


At the same time, the UK’s fighter jet carrier HMS Eagle was shipped out to the Arabian Sea. India would be entangled in a ‘pincer’ attack if all went according to strategy. The US was handled in the Bay of Bengal, the UK was conducted in the Arabian Sea, and Pakistan was captured on land, if this happens that India would be conquered. The US and the UK expected Beijing would strike India.