Every year on July 26, Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated all across India to commemorate the victory of the Indian armed forces in the Kargil war fought against Pakistan. This special day is observed to pay tribute and to honour the bravery and sacrifice of the soldiers in the war of 1999. The operation that was carried out during the war is known as Operation Vijay. 26 July 2023, is going to mark the 24th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas.
Kargil Vijay Diwas 2023: History
As far as records are concerned, the armed conflict between Pakistan and India began after the Pakistani troops intruded into the Indian territory in the Kargil district of then Jammu and Kashmir, now in Ladakh. The Kargil war between both the neighbouring countries continued from May to July 1999.
The Indian Army initiated ‘Operation Vijay’ following the first infiltration reported by local shepherds on May 3, 1999. The aim of the operation was to reclaim the Indian territory along the LoC, which was occupied by the Pakistani infiltrators. Later, the Indian Air Force launched the Airstrike on May 26 under operation Safed Sagar to assist the Indian Army.
After almost two months, on July 26, 1999, the Indian Army declared Operation Vijay a success after reclaiming all the military posts in Kargil that were taken over by Pakistani infiltrators.
Kargil Vijay Diwas 2023: Significance
This day is an occasion to commemorate the bravery and valour of the Indian armed forces. It is celebrated to pay tribute to the soldiers who laid their lives for safeguarding the country. The main ceremony to celebrate the day is conducted at the Kargil War Memorial in Drass, Ladakh. According to reports, this year a two-day celebration is being carried out by the Indian Army at the Kargil War Memorial on July 25 and July 26. Furthermore, the Central government has also planned a year-long programme to celebrate the silver jubilee of Kargil Vijay Diwas in the coming year.
Kargil Vijay Diwas 2023: Interesting Facts
Operation Vijay was a code name given to the Indian military campaign to evacuate the invaders and reclaim the occupied Indian territory in Kargil.
Around 500 Indian soldiers were martyred in the war. In addition, 1000 Pakistani troops were also killed.
Reportedly, in a first, the Indian side used the Bofors FH-77B howitzers to shoot down enemy positions nested atop the mountains. Nearly 5000 artillery shells, rockets, and bombs were fired from 300 guns and mortars by the Indian forces at enemy positions.
Israel provided their unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to India during the Kargil conflict.
Kargil War was the first ever war to be broadcasted on live television channels in India.
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