Every year on July 26th, people around the nation observe Kargil Vijay Diwas to honor the bravery and valor of the Indian soldiers who gave their lives in the Kargil War in 1999. The victory of Operation Vijay, a decisive military triumph over Pakistan during the Kargil War in 1999, is remembered on this day.
India will commemorate the 24th anniversary of the Kargil Vijay Diwas in 2023. The conflict or war in Kargil is also known as the day. Indian soldiers engaged Pakistani invaders who had crossed the Line of Control (LOC) into Indian territory on this day in 1999. The Line of Control (LoC), in the Kargil district of Jammu and Kashmir, was the site of the India-Pakistan conflict known as the Kargil War. Under the auspices of “Operation Vijay,” the Indian Army was able to oust the Pakistani forces and retake the renowned “Tiger Hill” as well as other significant points nearby.
Kargil Vijay Diwas is observed in what manner?
Everywhere throughout the nation celebrates Kargil Vijay Diwas. The Indian Prime Minister is renowned for annually honoring the martyrs at Amar Jawan Jyoti at the India Gate. Along the foothills of Tololing Hill near Dras, there is a memorial to the Kargil War as well. The Indian Army constructed it as a memorial to the men who died fighting.
The names of the martyrs are also etched on the Memorial Wall there. This is an interesting juxtaposition to the poetry “Pushp Kii Abhilasha” that is inscribed on the memorial’s gateway.
War in Kargil history
According to history, on July 26, as the war came to a conclusion. India was successful in driving the Pakistani troops from its soil. Kargil Vijay Diwas became the name of this historic day. It should be remembered that 527 troops gave their lives in battle for their country.
The Kargil War, which India won, took place in the Kargil district of Jammu and Kashmir between May and July 1999 along the Line of Control. The Kargil War lasted more than 60 days before coming to an end on July 26.
In 1999, the Pakistani army took advantage of the melting snow to seize control of India’s high outposts. They violated a bilateral agreement between the two countries that the post would be left unattended throughout the winter.
The Pakistani army denied any involvement in the conflict on behalf of the rebels in Kashmir, although ammunition, identity cards, ration stocks, and other evidence show that the Pakistani army was indeed responsible for this despicable conduct.
The Kargil War’s outcome
Pakistan initially took control of a number of critical locations. However, with the aid of local shepherds, India was able to occupy vital transportation routes and pinpoint the invasion spots during the second phase of the conflict.
With the assistance of the Indian Air Force, the Indian army ended the conflict in the final week of July. The Indian Army declared its victory over Pakistani invaders on July 26, 1999. However, the win came at a steep price.
How Many Perished In The Kargil War?
While there were officially 527 deaths on the Indian side, there were almost 357–453 deaths on the Pakistani side. During the Kargil war, Captain Vikram Batra, one of India’s courageous warriors, perished. Superheroes from Kargil are honored on Kargil Vijay Diwas. After his passing, he was given the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest honor for valor. Recently, Shershaah, a film based on the life of Vikram Batra, was also released.