India emerged as the victor in the Kargil conflict with Pakistan, eighteen years ago on July 26, now celebrated as Kargil Vijay Diwas. The Army arranged events to honour the martyrs and felicitate ‘veer naris’, families of martyrs, veterans and widows. At Dras War Memorial in Jammu and Kashmir, tribute was paid to the martyred soldiers by laying wreaths.
In the Kargil war, Pakistani interlopers were thrown out by the Indian Army, successfully taking back Tiger Hill and other posts. The rough landscape and high altitude made this three-month long campaign particularly difficult. Though there was loss of life on both sides, the Indians lost nearly 490 officers, soldiers and jawans.
"Kargil Vijay Diwas reminds us of India's military prowess & the great sacrifices our armed forces make while steadfastly keeping India safe," tweeted PM Narendra Modi.
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley in the company of Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba and Air Force Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa paid homage to the martyrs at the Amar Jawan Jyoti in New Delhi on Wednesday. Mr Jaitley tweeted, "salute to the valour of our soldiers on Kargil Vijay Diwas."
Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, "I salute the unmatched courage and bravery of our soldiers who made supreme sacrifices for the nation during 'Operation Vijay' in Kargil."