On July 26, 1999, the Indian Army defeated Pakistan by recapturing all its posts in Kargil. It’s been eighteen years, but the sacrifices made by the soldiers have not been and never will be forgotten. To commemorate the sacrifices made by soldiers in the war, July 26 is observed and celebrated annually as Vijay Diwas.
The war took place in the mountains of Jammu and Kashmir’s Ladakh region after the Pakistani troops occupied Indian posts on the heights. It took nearly three months for the Indian forces to recapture the posts from Pakistani invasion.
The news of the infiltration in Kargil had come in the first week of May 1999. While it was initially thought that they were Mujahideen, security forces soon realised that it was, in fact, the Pakistani army which had occupied some of the Indian posts. It was to evict these troops out of Kargil that Indian forces launched Operation Vijay.
Remembering the sacrifices of the brave soldiers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday hailed the Indian armed forces for their prowess. He tweeted: “Remembering our brave soldiers who fought gallantly for the pride of our nation & the security of our citizens during the Kargil War.”
Kargil Vijay Diwas reminds us of India’s military prowess & the great sacrifices our armed forces make while steadfastly keeping India safe.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 26, 2017
Other politicians paid their homage to the martyrs too:
— Randeep S Surjewala (@rssurjewala) July 26, 2017
— Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) July 26, 2017
Virender Sehwag also paid tribute to the martyrs
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 26, 2017
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) July 26, 2017
— Major Gaurav Arya (@majorgauravarya) July 26, 2017
Even 17 years after they died in the Kargil war, the loss that their family members had to bear is irreparable.
— Kanhaiya Chanyal (@KChanyal) July 23, 2017
— ANI (@ANI_news) July 25, 2017
A snippet from history
Atal jee.. the man behind Kargil victory along with Indian forces
We Salute U all Legends
— __ Raaja __ (@RaajaSaheb) July 23, 2017
Salute to all our brave soldiers!
— Sagar Kurane (@Sagar_kurane) July 26, 2017
— Ashwin Patel BJP (@AshwinPatelBjp) July 26, 2017
— V.Rmana (@PITCHBOSS) July 26, 2017
— Dr. Shraddha Khare (@imShraddhaK) July 26, 2017
We couldn’t agree more!
— कछुआ चाचा (@ashwin_tr) July 26, 2017
— GuRi __ (@iBlessedSpirit) July 25, 2017
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