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.”

Other politicians paid their homage to the martyrs too:

Virender Sehwag also paid tribute to the martyrs

Even 17 years after they died in the Kargil war, the loss that their family members had to bear is irreparable.

A snippet from history

Salute to all our brave soldiers!

We couldn’t agree more!

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