KARGIL VIJAY DIWAS: CELEBRATING THE VALOUR WITH PRIDE
KARGIL VIJAY DIWAS: THE HISTORIC WIN BY OUR MARTYRS
GOING BACK IN TIME TO HAVE OUR MARTYR’S PERSPECTIVE
With tears of pride and a smile on their face every Indian today around the world is marking the 24th Kargil Vijay Diwas by paying tribute to Indian Bravehearts who lost their life in the war.
Kargil’s close proximity to the line of control has often been the site of border conflicts between India and Pakistan. Specially in the aftermath of the engagement of both Nations in 1971 and the race to possess nuclear dynamite. The most brutal of these clashes was the Kargil War, the one which took place in May–July 1999.
THE STORY OF VALOUR
As soon as the Indian military and Indian Bravehearts learned that Pakistani fighters had infiltrated Indian-administered territory, it led to a severe face-off between the two sides. The face-off lasted more than two months.
The very first major face off was the battle of Tololing post the illegal entry of terrorists. The braveheart of the second battalions of Rajputana Rifles took the lead. The aim was to disengage Pakistani infiltrators from Tololing and nearby coordinates. Situations being challenging the terrain was uneven, narrow and steep. However our Army managed to recapture India’s part of this land around June13 of 1999.
By attempting to capture the Tiger hill as the battle of point 5353 Pakistani Infiltrators wanted to change the status quo of the region. They aimed to capture the Kashmir highway connecting the State to rest of the India. Hence trying to pressurize India to settle the Kashmir issue. However they failed here too as the Indian Army gave them a befitting reply through operation Vijay.
Likewise point 4875 was reinstated and protected from going into the hands of enemy. Captain Vikram Batra led 13 JAK Riffles to the point. All alone on his own Captain Batra killed five enemy soldiers on a point blank range. Despite every injury he had he cleared the enemy post by bursting them with grenades. This braveheart soldier of the Indian Army before succumbing to death cleared the way for his soldiers to capture the Point 4875 now proudly called Batra Top.
Post the bloodshed of 527 Indian soldiers, The Indian army reclaimed most of the area which Pakistan captured, infiltrating illegally in Kargil and hostilities finally ended in July when the remaining Pakistani fighters retreated from the Indian zone.
CELEBRATING THE 24TH YEAR OF THE HISTORIC WIN BY INDIAN BRAVEHEARTS
As India observes its 24th anniversary of the Kargil War, In it’s Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav this year, let us take a look at how the day will be remembered .
A two day extensive and scintillating event has been organized by the Indian military in Drass region of Kargil.
The event has begun on Tuesday which was attended by the defence Minister of India Mr. Rajnath Singh. While laying a wreath at Kargil War Memorial the Defence Minister said “I salute those brave sons, who sacrificed everything for the protection of the motherland. I salute those brave sons who put the nation first and did not hesitate to sacrifice their lives for it” as quoted by ANI.
The event included various parades by the defence staff of our nation which for sure made our hearts skip a beat inspired by the valour and bravery of our Men in Uniform.
The Indian Army also organised a mini-marathon in Ladakh in collaboration with Real sports as a part of the celebrations of Kargil Vijay Diwas. Over 300 runners participated from diverse diaspora including those in army, retired veterans, local youth and students. The marathon began from War Memorial in Drass.
THE WOMEN OF OUR NATION BRINGING GLORY TO THE NATION ON KARGIL VIJAY DIWAS
Making Vijay Diwas more special a year before it’s silver Jubilee an all-women motorbike expedition has been organized. Starting from Delhi leaving all the way to Kargil War Memorial in Drass. Flagged off by Chief Of Army Staff Mr. Manoj Pande the Nari Sashaktikaran Tri service shows the world we not only have the most number of female pilots covering the boundaries internationally but also back home our females can spread their wings and bring our nation to glory in all the three defence areas.
LEADERS CELEBRATING THE KARGIL VIJAY DIWAS & PAYING TRIBUTE TO INDIA’s BRAVEHEARTS
PM Modi while paying tribute to India’s bravehearts wrote on Twitter to his countrymen said, “Kargil Vijay Diwas brings to the fore the heroic saga of those wonderful brave hearts of India, who will always remain an inspiration for the countrymen. On this special day, I bow down and salute him from the bottom of my heart. Long live India!”
President Draupadi Murmu also took on Twitter. She said the stories of the heroism of our brave hearts will always inspire our generations to come.
Even the External Affairs Minister paid tribute to the Kargil Martyr’s while writing on twitter. He wrote, “On Kargil Vijay Diwas, join the nation in saluting the courage and unflinching commitment of our brave soldiers. We are ever grateful for their service and sacrifices.”