Kargil Vijay Diwas 2022 Date Celebration History Significance 1999 India Pakistan War

Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated every year on 26 July to commemorate India’s victory over Pakistan in the Kargil War in 1999. During the war, the Indian Army repulsed Pakistani infiltrators and was successful in capturing Tiger Hill and other outposts as part of “Operation Vijay”. , The armed struggle continued for more than 60 days in Kargil, Ladakh.

Every year, on this day we pay tribute to hundreds of Indian soldiers who were martyred in the war started by Pakistan. Several events are also organized across the country to recognize the contribution of the Indian Armed Forces.

History of Kargil War

Since the Indo-Pak war of 1971, there have been several armed wars. Nuclear tests were conducted by both the countries in 1998. The Lahore Declaration promised a peaceful solution to the Kashmir problem, which was signed by both the countries in February 1999 to defuse the situation.

The Pakistani incursion into Indian territory across the Line of Control was named Operation Badr. Its purpose was to break the ties between Kashmir and Ladakh, forcing India to settle the Kashmir dispute.

The Indian government responded with ‘Operation Vijay’ and mobilized 200,000 Indian soldiers for a nearly two-month long battle.

The war took place between May and July 1999 in the Kargil district of Jammu and Kashmir. The chief of Pakistan’s army at the time, General Pervez Musharraf, is believed to have planned the war without informing the country’s then prime minister, Nawaz Sharif.

Initially, in the Indian-controlled section of Kashmir, Pakistan occupied various strategic points. He placed himself in important places.

In the second phase of the war, India responded by capturing strategic transport routes first. The Indian Army was able to identify the points of attack on the basis of intelligence provided by the local shepherds.

In the final phase, the Indian Army, with the help of the Indian Air Force, concluded the war in the last week of July.

The involvement of the Pakistani Army in the infiltration was proved by the release of communication barriers between senior Pakistani military officers.

Nawaz Sharif also traveled to Washington for aid from America. The then President of the United States of America, Bill Clinton, refused to do so until the Pakistani army left the Line of Control.

Victory declared by Indian Army

On 26 July 1999, the Army declared the mission a success. But the price of victory was high. Captain Vikram Batra was one of the brave soldiers martyred during the Kargil War.

Batra was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest gallantry award. Recently a film named Sher Shah was made based on the life of Vikram Batra.

Brock Chisholm famously said, “No one wins a war … There are different levels of damage, but no one wins.” The consequences of the Kargil War were disastrous. Many mothers and fathers lost their sons and India lost many brave soldiers.

The official death toll on the Indian side was 527, while the death toll on the Pakistani side was between 357 and 453.

Kargil Vijay Diwas 2022 Celebrations

This year marks the 23rd anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas. Indian Army flagged off Kargil Vijay Diwas Motor Bike Campaign from Delhi.

A special program will be planned for the flag hoisting ceremony at the war memorial. The families of the martyrs will be welcomed at the memorial service. Cultural programs are planned in Dras. Sher Shah’s team will be present in the program. Choreographed dance performances, patriotic songs will be performed in the event.

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