Kargil Vijay Diwas: Remembering the Kargil war

Updated: Jul 26, 2019, 18:40 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

The Kargil War was an armed conflict between India and Pakistan that took place between May and July 1999 in the Kargil district of Kashmir and elsewhere along the Line of Control (LOC)

Indian armed forces officers salute in front of the Kargil War Memorial in honour of the Kargil war in the Drass sector of Ladakh. File pic
Indian armed forces officers salute in front of the Kargil War Memorial in honour of the Kargil war in the Drass sector of Ladakh. File pic

On July 26, 2019, India will observe the 20th anniversary of the Kargil War, a war for which it was least prepared in 1999. Here is a lowdown of how Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated.

The Kargil War was an armed conflict between India and Pakistan that took place between May and July 1999 in the Kargil district of Kashmir and elsewhere along the Line of Control (LOC). In India, the conflict is also referred to as Operation Vijay which was the name of the Indian operation to clear the Kargil sector.

It was fought in the summer of 1999 to evict Pakistani regular forces who had intruded and occupied vacated posts on the Indian side of the Line of Control. More than 520 Indian soldiers sacrificed their lives during one of the toughest wars fought against Pakistan at Kargil, Drass and Batalik sectors of Jammu and Kashmir state.

July 26 was declared as Vijay Diwas, and the way in which the Indian Armed Forces fought the war and tried to ensure that it did not escalate into a nuclear conflict, has been acclaimed by the world over.

Kargil DayIndian army band members perform during 'Vijay Diwas' or 'Victory Day' celebrations in Drass. File Pic

To commemorate the occasion, The Indian Army celebrates 'Vijay Diwas' annually in memory of more than 500 fellow soldiers who were killed in 1999 during a conflict with Pakistan in the mountains of Kargil and Drass sectors, at the Line of Control.

The celebrations include pipe band and brass band display which is followed by a beating retreat ceremony. The army holds a memorial service at the Kargil War Memorial which is followed by lighting of lamps and wreath-laying ceremony.

With inputs from Agencies

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