Celebrating ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’


One of the proudest moments for each and every Indian is success of Operation Vijay. On 26 July 1999, India successfully took command of the high outposts which had been lost to Pakistani intruders. 27 July is celebrated as Kargil Vijay Diwas in India. The war ended with India regaining control of all the previously held territory, hence re-establishing the status quo ante bellum. Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated on 26 July every year in honour of the Kargil War's Heroes. This day is celebrated in the Kargil-Dras sector and the national capital New Delhi, where the Prime Minister of India pays homage to the soldiers at Amar JawanJyoti at India Gate every year. In a welcome step and booster for all the jawans who are serving for the great nation, President Ram NathKovind will be visiting Drass in Kargil sector on July 26 to join victory celebrations marking 20th anniversary of 'Kargil Vijay Divas'. Apart from the President, who happens to be the Supreme Commander of 3 Services, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Service chiefs from Army and Indian Air Force (IAF) were also likely to visit during 20th victory celebrations in Kargil, which have already commenced.
Who could forget the supreme sacrifice of our soldiers, where around 527 Indian soldiers were martyred during about two months long Kargil war while Pakistan was reported to have suffered over 3000 casualties including the Pakistan army regulars and intruders, who had captured the heights in Kargil, which were got vacated by the Army and IAF personnel in the limited war without crossing the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan. Mr Ram NathKovind, who had visited Siachen Glacier, the highest battlefield in the world situated at a height of 5400 meters from the sea level on May 10, 2018, will be staying at Drass in Kargil district for about two hours. It may be mentioned here that Army has chalked out about 20 days long celebrations of 'Kargil Vijay Divas' during which series of functions were planned, which have already started. Army chief Gen BipinRawat had launched a special song marking 20th anniversary of Kargil victory while Northern Command chief Lt Gen Ranbir Singh was also in Kargil few days back to review arrangements for the functions. 2019 which marks the 20th anniversary of the victory in 'Operation Vijay', is known for the determination, bravery, courage and daring mettle of the Indian Army troops who took to task the enemy intruders occupying strategic heights in Indian territory.

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