Kargil Vijay Diwas celebrates the success of Operation Vijay, on 26 July 1999

Kargil Vijay Diwas celebrates the success of Operation Vijay, on 26 July 1999 #Hindustan360 @mrdogra007

26 July immortalized as #KargilVijayDiwas is saga of glorious victory of the Nation during Kargil Conflict in May-July 1999. #IndianArmy soldiers fought legendary battles in Dras, Kaksar, Batalik & Turtok Sectors. View more at #Hindustan360.

Kargil Vijay Diwas, named after the success of Operation Vijay. On this day, 26 July 1999, India successfully took command of the high outposts which had been lost to Pakistani intruders. The Kargil war was fought for more than 60 days, ended on 26 July and resulted in the loss of life on both the sides. The war ended with India regaining control of all the occupied territory, and hence establishing status quo ante bellum. WikiPedia

Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated on 26 July every year in honour of the Kargil War’s Heroes. This day is celebrated in the Kargil – Dras sector and the national capital New Delhi, where the Prime Minister of India, pays homage to the soldiers at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate every year.

Just for fact and your general knowledge:

1. Victorious Kargil War was fought at 15,000 feet above the sea level in the freezing rain.
2. Beneath this land, 527 of our brothers are resting after giving their EVERYTHING for our motherland.
3. Major Sarvanan was possibly the first officer killed in the Kargil War #KargilVijayDiwas
4. The Kargil war was fought for more than 60 days. This day is celebrated in the Kargil – Dras sector & the national capital New Delhi.
5. The Government of India responded with Operation Vijay, a mobilization of 200,000 Indian troops.
6. Finally war came to an official end on July 26, 1999, thus making it as Kargil Vijay Diwas.

History Kargil War 1971

After the India-Pakistani War of 1971, there had been a long period with relatively few direct armed conflicts involving the military forces of the two neighbours – notwithstanding the efforts of both nations to control the Siachen Glacier by establishing military outposts on the surrounding mountains ridges and the resulting military skirmishes in the 1980s. During the 1990s, however, escalating tensions and conflict due to separatist activities in Kashmir, some of which were supported by Pakistan, as well as the conducting of nuclear tests by both countries in 1998, led to an increasingly belligerent atmosphere. In an attempt to defuse the situation, both countries signed the Lahore Declaration in February 1999, promising to provide a peaceful and bilateral solution to the Kashmir conflict.

Initially, with little knowledge of the nature or extent of the infiltration, the Indian troops in the area assumed that the infiltrators were jihadis and claimed that they would evict them within a few days. Subsequent discovery of infiltration elsewhere along the LOC and the difference in tactics employed by the infiltrators, caused the Indian army to realize that the plan of attack was on a much bigger scale. The total area seized by the ingress is generally accepted to between 130 km² – 200 km².

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