India marks Kargil Vijay Diwas today: All you need to know

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi honoured the Indian martyrs of the Kargil War on Wednesday in a series of tweets.

India is celebrating the Kargil Vijay Diwas on Wednesday.

“Remembering our brave soldiers who fought gallantly for the pride of our nation and the security of our citizens during the Kargil War,” he wrote on Twitter.

 

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Kargil Vijay Diwas reminds us of India’s military prowess & the great sacrifices our armed forces make while steadfastly keeping India safe.

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What is Kargil Vijay Diwas?

India marks the ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’ every year on July 26 to commemorate India’s victory over Pakistan in the 1999 Kargil War.

The Indian Army had successfully taken back command of outposts after 60 days of fighting, helping India regain possession in Kargil.

Kargil Vijay Diwas traditions

The day is celebrated in the Kargil-Dras sector in the state of Jammu & Kashmir and in New Delhi where the incumbent Prime Minister pays homage to the martyrs at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate.

Simultaneously, a ceremony is also held at the Dras War Memorial close to Tiger Hill, which was the war’s epicentre.

Functions are also organised by the Army across the country to commemorate the win.

About the Kargil War

During the winter of 1998-99, groups of the Pakistani Defence Forces, disguised as militants, were sent across the Line of Control (LoC) to infiltrate under “Operation Badr”. The aim was to cut the link between the Kashmir region and Ladakh, thereby forcing Indian forces to withdraw from the Siachen Glacier.

India initially thought the LoC was infiltrated by militants, but soon realised the true nature of the opposition based on the techniques of warfare they encountered. The Indian government mobilised 2 lakh soldiers under “Operation Vijay” and routed the infiltration.

As many as 527 Indian soldiers lost their lives and more than 1,300 were wounded during the 60 days of warfare.

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