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Honouring the sacrifice of Kargil martyrs in the 1999 Indo-Pak war

Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated on 26 July every year in honour of the Kargil war heroes. The war was fought for more than 60 days between India and Pakistan and it ended on 26 July, 1999.

Honouring the sacrifice of Kargil martyrs in the 1999 Indo-Pak war


India regained possessions of Kargil after this long battle, but lost many of its bravehearts. Here we share more information about the day:

  • After the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, there had been a long period with relatively few direct armed conflicts of the two neighbours — notwithstanding the efforts of both nations to control the Siachen Glacier by establishing military outposts and the resulting military skirmishes in the 1980s.
  • But during the winter of 1998 -1999, there was an infiltration by some elements of the Pakistani armed forces into territory on the Indian side of the LOC. It intended to force India to negotiate a settlement of the Kashmir dispute.
  • Initially, the Indian troops in the area assumed that the infiltrators were jihadis and claimed that they would evict them within a few days. Subsequent the Indian army realised that the plan of attack was on a much bigger scale. Thus, Operation Vijay came into being that mobilised of 200,000 Indian troops. The war came to an official end on July 26, 1999 with India regaining control of Kargil and emerging victorious. Thus, it is called as Vijay Diwas.
  • On the day the Prime Minister of India, pays homage to the soldiers at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate in New Delhi every year.

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