02 Apr 2020, 09:39 am By SeeLatest Desk
Kargil Vijay Diwas: PM Modi shares throwback Photos remembering Kargil Heroes on 20th anniversary of Operation Vijay

Kargil Vijay Diwas - As The country will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Kargil Vijay Diwas today. On this day in 1999, the Kargil War, also known as the Kargil conflict, formally came to an end, with Indian soldiers successfully recapturing mountain heights that had been seized by Pakistani troops. PM Narendra Modi also shared some pictures of his meeting with the soldiers during the Kargil war. "The visit to Kargil and interactions with soldiers are unforgettable," PM Modi said.


       On 26 July, the anniversary called - Kargil Vijay Diwas is observed each year across the nation to show respect and gratitude to the brave servicemen of the Indian armed forces who laid down their lives to re-capture all positions that had been seized by Pakistan Army. ?Kargil Vijay Diwas' is celebrated with heavy enthusiasm and vigor by military personnel at Dras-Kargil sector and the national capital New Delhi at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate.
In 1999, the Pakistani infiltrators captured the hills of Kargil, after which the Indian Army launched Operation Victory against them.Operation Vijay started from May 8 and ran till July 26. In this action, 527 Indian soldiers were martyred and about 1363 were injured. About three thousand Pakistanis were killed in this fight, but Pakistan believes that about 357 soldiers were killed. 

Since then, the day is celebrated as Kargil Vijay Diwas.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday paid tributes to the soldiers who defended India during the Kargil war, in 1999. In his post on the occasion to celebrate the 20th anniversary of India's victory over Pakistan, PM Modi said that the day should be remembered for the "courage, bravery and dedication" shown by the soldiers who took part in Operation Vijay. PM Narender Modi tweeted and said that in 1999, he was working for the BJP in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. "The visit to Kargil and interactions with soldiers are unforgettable?.

India is celebrating Kargil Vijay Diwas 20th Anniversary:
To mark and honour the sacrifices laid down by the 527 martyrs and many others who fought in this war for our nation, the Kargil victory flame will be carried in a relay by sportsmen and heroes of the armed forces from the capital New Delhi to Kargil-Dras sector. The victory flame will reach Kargil War Memorial after passing through 11 towns and cities.

Kargil Vijay Diwas

President Ram Nath Kovind, Army chief General Bipin Rawat as well as the chief of Indian Navy and Indian Air Force will be present in the Kargil-Drass sector to receive the victory flame and for the wreath laying ceremony. A flypast by the Indian Air Force is also scheduled to be held during the ceremony.

Kargil Vijay Diwas

July 26 is celebrated as Kargil Vijay Diwas every year to mark India's victory over Pakistan on this day in 1999.


NOTE: The Kargil War was not actually a "war". India never declared an emergency and never classified it as a war. At the height of the conflict, then PM Atal Bihari Vajayee said the situation in Kargil was "war-like". But, Kargil always remained a "limited conflict", which is why the Indian military was ordered not to cross the Line of Control and why the situation along the International Border in Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat remained peaceful.