Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated after the successful Operation Vijay is celebrated in India on 26th July. The Kargil war started on May 3, 1999, and concluded on July 26, 1999. Finally, on July 26th, 1999, India successfully took command of the high outposts which had been lost to Pakistan and since then, Indian celebrate this day as Kargil Vijaya Diwas.
Kargil, an area situated eastwards from Srinagar. This area spreads a population of about 90,000 and is covered with ice for more than 8 months. Kargil has been a remarkable place in Indian history since 1999. It’s been more than 2 decades since Indians still celebrate Kargil Vijay Diwas with the same energy and patriotism like they did in the year 1999.
Kargil war, a conflict between India and Pakistan in the Kargil district of Kashmir and forward towards the LoC. It was on this day July 26, 1999, when the Indian army reclaimed the posts which were occupied by the Pakistan army. The Indian army later came to know that around 2,000 terrorists illegally captured the area of Kargil and developed the temporary forts.
The mission of The Kargil War
To remove deadly terrorists Indian army went through an operation named ‘Operation Flush Out’. Further, the Air-force ruined all their plans with bombarding which later became known to be called ‘Operation Vijay’.
During the face-off, the Indian army chased the Pakistan invaders and successfully reclaimed the Tiger Hill and other identical ones.
The Indian army succeeded after three months of war resulted in the sleep of about more than 500 soldiers. Loss of lives was from both nations. While in India nearly 500 including soldiers, jawans, and officers.
Indian soldiers eradicated the Pakistani terrorists and have proved that patriotism has the power to maintain oneness in the country at any cost.
Some More Facts about Kargil Vijay Divas
The country climbs on to its 22nd year of Kargil Vijay Diwas and formally it was the last time India-Pakistan had a full-blown armed conflict. The Kargil war was the first conflict after both nations became nuclear powered.
- The conflict was led by the Pakistan army chief General Pervez Musharraf without the knowledge of the former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
- The war expanded from May- July 1999 in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kargil district.
- The information gained from the local shepherds helped the Indian Army to determine the posts to attack and launch “Operation Vijay”.
- The Army declared the mission successful on July 26, 1999; since then the day has been celebrated as Kargil Vijay Diwas.
- The Pakistani soldiers and terrorists had positioned themselves at higher altitudes, which gave them an advantage in the encounter, as they could fire down at advancing Indian troops.
- Two Indian fighter jets were shot down while another fighter jet crashed during the operation.
- Pakistan asked the US to intervene, but then-President Bill Clinton declined.
- Indian soldiers fought gallantly to reclaim the heights of Kargil.
- India launched a military and diplomatic Blitz to reframe the position.
- Indian recaptured all peaks, bringing the conflict to an end.
India increased its defence budget after the Kargil war, but it also resulted in procurement irregularities, like the purchase of coffins for the soldiers who died in combat.
Why Indians Celebrate Kargil Vijay Diwas?
For Indians, Kargil Diwas is no lesser than any Indian traditional festival. Every Indian celebrates 26 July of every year in honour of the Kargil War Heroes. This day is celebrated in the Kargil-Drass sector and in the national capital. The Prime Minister of India pays homage to the soldiers at Amar Jawan Jyoti at the India gate every year.
Patriotic functions are organized all over the country in remembrance of the armed forces. This day also marks India’s triumph over Pakistan.