Every year on July 26th, Kargil Vijay Diwas is observed to honor the heroes of the Kargil War. Every year, the Prime Minister of India pays homage to the soldiers at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate. Functions are also held across the country to honor the contributions of the armed forces.
22nd Kargil Vijay Diwas
India successfully took command of the high outposts on this date in 1999. The Kargil war lasted more than 60 days and ended on the 26th of July 1999. The Pakistani army took advantage of the melting snow and controlled the high outposts of India, betraying the bilateral agreement between the two countries to keep the post unattended over the winter.
The Pakistani army also denied involvement in the war, claiming it was caused by independent Kashmiri rebel forces, but documents left behind by casualties and later, Pakistan’s Army Staff Chief and Prime Minister’s statements revealed that General Ashraf Rashid led the Pakistani paramilitary forces into the war. The Kargil war took the lives of both sides and halted when India regained control of the post and removed the Pakistani Army from the territory.
Kargil Vijay Diwas 2021: Highlights
- On this day 22 years ago, India won the Kargil war by defeating Pakistan.
- The Kargil war lasted more than 60 days and ended on July 26, 1999.
- President Ram Nath Kovind is set to visit Drass today to pay his respects.
- Events commemorating the 22nd Kargil Vijay Diwas are planned from 25th to 28th July.
- The President has already started his 4-day journey to Jammu Kashmir starting from Sunday.
- Ram Nath Kovind, Chairman and Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces will be the honorary guest for the event.
Kargil Vijay Diwas 2021 Celebration
The Tololing, Tiger Hill, and other Epic battles were remembered and 559 lightning fires began on Sunday in the presence of the high-ranking military officers, the military personnel’s famous families, and others in the Kargil War Memorial in Ladakh’s Drass, in tribute to the martyrs. President Ram Nath Kovind is set to visit Drass today to pay his respects.
President Ramnath Kovind’s 4-day J&K Visit
Today, President Ram Nath Kovind is scheduled to visit Drass in Tololing foothills to pay his respects at the Memorial. The Army organized a special meet this morning at Lamochen near Drass to remember the many inspiring stories of Operation Vijay, which was attended by several military personnel, including families of Kargil War heroes and gallantry award winners.
Ram Nath Kovind, Chairman and Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces, arrived in Srinagar on Sunday, July 25 before he participated in paying homage to the Kargil Soldier. He was received and given an honorary guard by the Lieutenant Governor of J&K, Manoj Sinha. To Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, the Chairman made a four-day visit between 25 and 28 July.
Kargil Vijay Diwas 2021: History
Following the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War, there had been a long period with relatively few direct armed conflicts involving the military forces of the two neighbors – notwithstanding both nations’ efforts to regulate the Siachen Glacier by ascertaining military outposts on the surrounding mountain ridges and the arising military skirmishes in the 1980s. During the 1990s, however, escalating tensions and conflict in Kashmir, as well as both countries conducting nuclear tests in 1998, contributed to an increasingly belligerent atmosphere.
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With little knowledge of the nature or scope of the infiltration, Indian troops in the area initially declared that the infiltrators would be evicted within a few days. The Indian army realized that the plan for an attack was much broader after the discovery of infiltration elsewhere in the LOC as well as the differences in tactics used by infiltrators. The total area seized by the ingress is typically estimated to be between 130 and 200 km2.
About Operation Badri
The Lahore Declaration was signed by both countries in February 1999 to defuse the situation and promised to bring about a peaceful and bilateral solution to the Kashmir conflict. Some elements of the Pakistani Armed Forces were secretly training during the winter of 1998-99 and were sending Pakistani forces and paramilitaries to Indian control line territory (LOC). Code was called “Operation Badri.” It sought to divide the Kashmir-Ladakh connection and to make Indian forces withdraw from the Siachen Glacier by forcing India to negotiate an overall settlement of the Kashmir conflict.
Pakistan also believed that any tensions in the region would internationalize and secure a speedy resolution of the Kashmir problem. Another goal might have been, through a proactive role, to boost the morale of the ten-year rebellion in Kashmir. The Indian government responded with Operation Vijay, a mobilization of 200,000 troops. The war officially ended on July 26, 1999, making it Kargil Vijay Diwas. During the war, 527 soldiers of the Indian Army died.
Kargil Vijay Diwas 2021: Quotes, Facebook/Whatsapp statuses & Messages
- The wind is not flying our flag, it is flying with each soldier who died protecting it, until the last breath.
- Recalling the Jawans’ sacrifices of the war with Pakistan in 1999 fills our chest with pride and honor.
- Kargil Vijay Diwas reminds us of all the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the country.
- On the back of their jersey, Real Heroes don’t have a name! They have the flag of their country instead!
- Thanks to the Real Heroes of India! Our families are safe and our children are protected.
- The gallant efforts and sacrifices by the Indian Armed Forces are remembered by Kargil Vijay Diwas every year.
- Kargil Vijay Diwas refreshes the unforgettable triumph of the Indian army back in 1999.
- On this day let us remember the legendary work of the Indian army during the war of Kargil in 1999.
- Salute to all the martyrs of Kargil war 1999, who protected our country’s pride and dignity.