26th July is celebrated as the Kargil Vijay Diwas in India. Notably, Kargil Vijay Diwas 2021 marks the 22 years of the war in Kargil (1999). The conflict took place for nearly two months in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Indian soldiers were tasked with the mission of recapturing territories in the Kargil region.
This operation was given the code name ‘Operation Vijay’. In the May of 1999, the appearance of some Pakistani intruders was reported to the Indian army. Additionally, five Indian soldiers who were on duty got killed by the attacking group. Not only this, but incidents of intruding also happened in Drass, Kaksar and Mushkoh sectors. That’s why the Kargil war started.
Kargil Vijay Diwas Significance
About 527 Indian soldiers lost their lives in the Kargil war. In May, a MIG-27 was taken down by the opponent’s forces during Indian airstrikes. The enemy side has the advantage of altitude. However, our army fought valiantly against them. Therefore, the Pakistani troops and terrorists were left with no option but to retreat.
As a result of their heroic efforts, two major positions were captured in the Batalik sector. Afterwards, Drass was also reclaimed by India. On 26th July, the complete control of captured places was declared. ‘Operation Vijay’ got completed on 26th July 1999.
Yesterday, battles of Tololing, Tiger Hill and others were remembered. 559 lamps were lighted, thus paying tribute to the martyrs at the Kargil War Memorial in the Drass region of Ladakh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, ‘We remember their sacrifices. We remember their valour. Today, on Kargil Vijay Diwas we pay homage to all those who lost their lives in Kargil protecting our nation. Their bravery motivates us every single day.’ He also shared an excerpt from last year’s ’Mann Ki Baat’, a monthly radio programme by PM.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu says, “On Kargil Vijay Diwas, I join the nation in remembering our armed forces’ saga of valour & gallantry. I salute the heroes of the Kargil war & Operation Vijay and pay my respectful homage to the martyrs for their supreme sacrifice. The nation will remain forever grateful to them & their families.”
We salute our heroes. Jai Hind!