Kargil Vijay Diwas 2022: History, Significance & Interesting Facts About 1999 War

The heroic victory of the Indian armed forces over Pakistani intruders between May and July 1999 is commemorated on Kargil Day. Kargil Vijay Diwas 2022 history, significance & interesting facts about the 1999 war are given below.

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Jul 26, 2022 10:42 IST
Kargil Vijay Diwas 2022: History, Significance & Interesting Facts About 1999 War
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Kargil Vijay Diwas 2022: The 26th of July is remembered as a significant day in Indian history. The day honors troops who were martyred while serving their country. Every year on July 26, the Kargil War Heroes' Day is honored. In the Kargil district of Kashmir and other locations along the Line of Control, Indian and Pakistani soldiers engaged in combat during the Kargil War from May to July 1999. (LoC).

To stop Pakistani forces and Kashmiri militants from infiltrating the Kargil area from the Indian side of the Line of Control, India launched "Operation Vijay." It is customary to celebrate Kargil Vijay Diwas on July 26. Kargil Vijay Diwas 2022 history, significance & interesting facts about the 1999 war are given here. 

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Kargil Vijay Diwas 2022: History & Significance

The heroic triumph of the Indian armed forces over Pakistani invaders in the Dras, Kargil and Batalik regions of western Ladakh between May and July 1999 is commemorated on Kargil Diwas Day.

On July 26, 1999, the Kargil war, which cost the nation more than 500 lives, was deemed to be finished after Indian troops drove Pakistani troops—the majority of whom were drawn from the neighboring nation's Northern Light Infantry—away from the heights they had taken. To honor India's victory, the day is known as "Kargil Vijay Diwas."

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Interesting Facts About Indo-Pak 1999 War 

  • Relations between India and Pakistan remained tight after the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, but they stayed out of each other's wars until the Kargil War. However, this imminent battle gained momentum during the 1990s as a result of rising tension and conflict caused by separatist activity in Kashmir as well as the nuclear testing carried out by both countries in 1998.
Image source- The Print
Image source- The Print
  • None of the nations desired this confrontation; in fact, they all agreed to the Lahore Declaration, which promised a diplomatic settlement to the Kashmir dispute, in February 1999. However, during the winter of 1998–1999, sections of the Pakistani Armed Forces crossed the Line of Control and moved Pakistani troops and paramilitary forces into Indian territory (LOC).
Pakistani Army
Pakistani Army 
  • Operation Badri was the cover name given to this. This was done in an effort to weaken India's military presence there and break the connection between Kashmir and Ladakh, which would have forced Indian soldiers to leave the Siachen Glacier and demand a resolution to the Kashmir issue.
Image source- Trishul Trident
Image source- Trishul Trident 
  • A worldwide conflict wasn't anticipated at first, but later findings showed that it was actually a planned strike on India. Operation Vijay, which involved mobilizing 200,000 troops, was the Indian response to determine the scope of the infiltration. The Indian Air Force started Operation Safed Sagar, which on May 26 was integrated into the Army.
Image source- Indian Defence Review
Image source- Indian Defence Review 
  • The Indian Navy strategically applied pressure on Pakistan with Operation Talwar, which comprised aggressive patrolling of the Pakistani beaches, with the Army and IAF already operational.
Image source- TImes Now
Image source- TImes Now 
  • The removal of Pakistan Army troops from their occupied locations on July 26, 1999, officially declared the end of the war and proclaimed it Kargil Vijay Diwas. During the war, 527 members of the Indian Armed Forces perished.