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:
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