Kargil Vijay Diwas

Kargil Vijay Diwas

The Kargil war was an armed conflict between India and Pakistan that took place in 1999 between May and July in the Kargil district of Kashmir valley and also along the Line of Control (LOC) .  In India we call it operation Vijay as India got back all the occupied territories by the Pakistan.   The cause of the war was the infiltration bid of Pakistani soldiers disguising as Kashmiri militants into the Indian side of the LOC which serves as the border for the two countries.

The Indian Army backed by the Indian Air Force, recaptured the positions on the Indian side of the LOC taken over by the Pakistani troops and militants. Indian soldiers fought legendary battles in Dras, Kaksar, Batalik and Turtok sectors.  After facing international diplomatic opposition, the enemy forces withdrew from the Indian positions along the border.

The Indian Army launched its final attacks in the last week of July as soon as the sub-sector of Dras had been cleared and taken control of Pakistani forces, the fighting ceased on 26th July.    The day has been immortalized as Kargil Vijay Diwas (Victory day).

As the country is celebrating the Vijay diwas today the city of Bengaluru is fighting for a memorial for the martyrs.  Rs.25 crores was allotted for this project.  The foundation stone for the memorial was laid by the State in 2008-09 to honor the martyrs.  A 75 foot-stone monolith (called as Veeragallu in kannada), is ready but needs to be erected.  But the officials are citing shortage of funds.  The warriors deserve the respect.  A petition was started on Change.org in this respect.   But due to various reasons, the project remains in an incomplete state.

A grateful tribute to all those who served the country during Kargil war. A salute to their valour, courage and sacrifice to our great heroes and martyrs.

 

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