The grateful nation celebrates the 19th Anniversary of ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’ on Thursday. On this day in 1999, India successfully took command of the high outposts which had been captured by Pakistani army supported intruders.
The Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated every year for three days to commemorate India’s emphatic victory against Pakistan and recalls the supreme sacrifice of 500 war heroes who laid down their lives for the country and others who fought in the war.
The flame of victory that India lit over a neighbour’s treachory 19 years ago in Kargil burns bright even to this day. The 26th of July is a pride-filled day for all Indians as the day our bravehearts unfurled the tricolor on the snow-covered peaks of Kargil. From that day till now, the 23rd of July marks the start of the Kargil Vijay Diwas celebrations. The occasion is marked over a period of 3 days when the sacrifices of our martyrs are remembered and honoured. Celebrations are being conducted at the Drass War Memorial in Jammu & Kashmir.
After sundown, as darkness tried to take over the night, the entire area was lit up to pay homage to Kargil’s martyrs. Candles were lit at the Drass War Memorial in the memory of their sacrifices.
In the summer of 1999, Pakistan troops crept across the line of control and took control of several peaks such as Tiger Hill, Point 4875, Point 4590, Point 5140, Tololing and in the Batalik sector all along National Highway number 1. Around 5,000 troops of Pakistan’s special service group and Northern Light Infantry took control of these heights in the guise of Mujahideen infiltrators. The Indian army detected their presence and began Operation Vijay to beat them back. Bombarding by India’s infantry guns backed by the air force and braveheart soldiers forced the enemy to beat a retreat. 26th of July, 1999 was the day the tricolor was finally unfurled on Kargil’s heights and India declared a reclaiming of its territory.
In Jammu and Kashmir, people from all walks of life paid tributes to the martyrs of Kargil War At Drass War memorial. Later speaking to media persons, GOC Northern Command Ranbir Singh asserted that India Army is fully prepared to take on any challenge along the Actual Line of Control and the Line of Control.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman along with the heads of the three services of Indian Armed Forces paid tribute at the Amar Jawan Jyoti in New Delhi on Kargil Vijay Diwas. Speaking on the occassion, the Defence Minister said that the nation will always remember the sacrifices of the brave soldiers.
Remembering the brave soldiers, President Ram Nath President tweeted, On Kargil Vijay Diwas, every Indian acknowledges the efforts and gallantry of our Armed Forces. We salute the ultimate sacrifice of the martyrs of Kargil, and record our everlasting debt to their families.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid tribute to Kargil Heroes; the Prime Minister tweeted saying, on Kargil Vijay Diwas, a grateful nation pays homage to all those who served the nation during Operation Vijay. Our brave soldiers ensured that India remains protected and gave a befitting answer to those who tried to vitiate the atmosphere of peace.
Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore said that today when country faces danger from various fronts, it is imperative of every citizen to gear up towards nation service.
A Bike rally was organised by the Jungle War college in Kanker district of Chhattisgarh to commemorate the Kargil Vijay Diwas.