India celebrates 19th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas

Jul 26, 2018 13:00 IST
19th Kargil Vijay Diwas observed in India

India on July 26, 2018 celebrated the 19th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas to mark the success of ‘Operation Vijay’ and to remember the supreme sacrifice of the Indian soldiers who lost their lives during the 1999 India-Pakistan Kargil War.

The Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman paid homage to the martyrs on Kargil Vijay Diwas at Amar Jawan Jyoti in New Delhi.  

Armed Forces personnel and families of soldiers who lost their lives in 1999 Kargil War paid their tributes at the Dras War Memorial in Jammu and Kashmir to commemorate the historic win. The memorial was fully lit on the eve of the day.

To mark the day, PM Narendra Modi too took to Twitter and praised the exemplary courage and sacrifices made by the Kargil War martyrs and acknowledged the leadership of then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee for the success of Operation Vijay.

Why Kargil Vijay Diwas is observed every year on July 26?

Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated on 26 July every year to commemorate India’s victory in the 1999 Kargil War against Pakistan.

The 73-day war, fought during May – July 1999, had started with the reports that intruders from Pakistan had come deep inside Indian Territory in strategic positions that overlooked the only road link between Srinagar and Leh.

On July 26, 1999, the Indian Army successfully took back control of posts stationed at strategic positions, at a treacherous high altitude and glaciated terrain across the Himalayas in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, after fighting for 60 days.

Four Param Vir Chakras

The Kargil War saw awarding of Four Param Vir Chakras (PVCs), nine Maha Vir Chakras (MVCs) and 53 Vir Chakras among other medals.

Four Param Vir Chakras were awarded to:

  • Captain Vikram Batra, 13 JAK Rifles, Posthumous
  • Lieutenant Manoj Kumar Pandey, 1/11 Gorkha Rifles, Posthumous
  • Rifleman Sanjay Kumar, 13 JAK Rifles
  • Grenadier Yogendra Singh Yadav, 18 Grenadiers

Kargil War: Timeline


3 May: Local shepherds report pakistani intrusion in Kargil-Dras Sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

5 May: Indian Army sent soldiers for patrolling on higher altitudes where Pakistan troops captured five soldiers and tortured to death brutally.

10 May: Infiltrations were first observed in Dras, Kaksar And Mushkoh Sectors

25 May: Indian Air Force launches Operation Safed Sagar with instructions to not cross the Line of Control.

26 May: Operation Vijay launched mobilising almost 200000 troops.

30 May: Indian Navy launches ‘Operation Talwar’, sending submarines on patrols close to Karachi harbor.

1 June: Taking the advantage of higher altitudes, Pakistan steps up attacks and bombs NH 1A.

9 June: Indian Army successfully re-captures two key positions in the Batalik Sector

11 June: India released intercepts of conversation between Pakistani Army Chief Gen Pervez Musharraf as proof of Pakistani Army's involvement in the War.

15 June: Pakistan approached the US for aids, Bill Clinton refused to intervene and asked Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to pull out from Kargil.

4 July: Indian forces capture Tiger Hill along with Point 4590 (the nearest point with a full view of the Srinagar-Leh highway) and Point 5353 (the highest peak in the Dras Sector).

5 July: Indian Army takes control of Dras. Nawaz Sharif announces Pakistani Army's withdrawal from Kargil following his meeting with Clinton.

11 July: Pakistan begins to pull out; India captures key peaks in Batalik

14 July: Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee declares Operation Vijay a success.

26 July: Indian Army announces complete eviction of Pakistani intruders. Over 520 soldiers were killed in the entire Kargil war.



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