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Why Is India Celebrating Kargil Vijay Diwas On July 26?

Written by : Info Box Team
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Kargil...no one knew much about this place before the Kargil war except the Indian army. Pronounce its name once now. Immediately, the countrymen start recollecting the memories of martyrs' sacrifices. Immediately, the triumph over Pakistan bursts forth every Indian's heart. Soldiers not only fought with Pakistani army but also the adverse conditions at that place achieved a resounding victory. This is the only second war between the countries who have nuclear bombs. In 1969, the first war was happened between China and former Soviet Union those who possess nuclear bombs.

What Happened Then Actually?

To resolve the Kashmir dispute and other issues with Pakistan, the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee inaugurated a diplomatic peace process in the form of the Delhi-Lahore bus service in February 1999. But, militants and many non-uniformed soldiers from Pakistan had illegally intruded on the Indian side of the LoC (Line of Control) and started capturing hilltops, unmanned border posts.

The town Kargil in Kashmir witnessed their invasion. Indian army rushed into Kashmir in response and launched 'Operation Vijay' in June 1999. Indian soldiers fought off the enemy attacks in a heroic way while fighting with the extreme cold weather, snow and the treacherous terrain at that high altitude.

Dras Kargil War Memorial (Jammu and Kashmir) (left) and India Gate (right)

War was ended on 14 July 1999 and both countries withdrew their troops from the border. In this war of 3 months, over 500 Indian soldiers and around 600 - 4000 militants and soldiers of opponent died. Almost 70% of Indian territory was retaken.

Officially, the 'Operation Vijay' (Kargil War) was declared a success by the then Prime Minister Vajpayee on 26 July 1999. To honour the martyrdom of jawans of Kargil War, the whole country has been celebrating this day as 'Kargil Vijay Diwas' since then.

Homage To gallant Martyrs

Amar Jawan Jyothi at India Gate, New Delhi

Soldiers commemorate the valour of their fellow soldiers those who laid down in the war and pay tribute at the Kargil-Dras sector. The Prime Minister of India offers a floral tribute to soldiers at the Amar Jawan Jyothi at India Gate, New Delhi every year. Many people and especially the families of those soldiers visit this war memorial, light candles and recollect their undaunted bravery with pride on this occasion.

On the occasion of Kargil Vijay Diwas, salute for those who...

Left their family members for the safety of the nation.

Thought that country comes first and family later.

Have pledged their lives for our peace.


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