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Kargil Vijay Diwas: Honoring Heroes & Legacy


India  •  26 Jul, 2023  •  1,809 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Shivani Chourasia


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Kargil Vijay Diwas, observed on July 26th every year, is not just a day on the calendar. It's a poignant reminder of the indomitable spirit, bravery and sacrifice of our soldiers who stood like an impenetrable wall to safeguard our motherland. Celebrated to honour the valiant heroes of the Kargil War, this day evokes a deep sense of patriotism and respect for the Indian Armed Forces. The recent blog on Hindustan Times has presented a rich tapestry of the celebrations and their significance, which we take as a point of reference to delve deeper into the heart of Kargil Vijay Diwas.

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The Backdrop: Kargil War 1999

Kargil War: All you need to know about Kargil War | The Economic Times
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In the rugged terrains of the Kargil district in Jammu and Kashmir, between May and July 1999, India and Pakistan locked horns in what became one of the most intense wars in the history of the two nations. The conflict arose due to Pakistan's infiltration into Indian territory, aiming to cut off the crucial Leh-Ladakh highway. This war was unique as it was fought at an altitude of 16,000 feet, under inhospitable weather conditions, making it one of the most challenging terrains for warfare.

Saluting the Heroes

Exhibition, graffiti art for honouring martyrs of 1999 Kargil war - The  Economic Times
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The Kargil War saw the valiant efforts of the Indian Armed Forces, who faced seemingly insurmountable odds to recapture the peaks and ridges taken over by Pakistani infiltrators. Over 500 Indian soldiers laid down their lives to ensure victory for the nation. Kargil Vijay Diwas is, therefore, an occasion to pay homage to these brave souls and to remember their sacrifices.

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Names like Captain Vikram Batra, Grenadier Yogendra Singh Yadav, and Lieutenant Manoj Kumar Pandey became synonymous with valour and fearlessness, and their stories of bravery inspire generations. Their battle cries, undying spirit, and supreme sacrifices made it possible for India to emerge victorious on July 26, 1999.

Celebrations Across the Nation

Kargil Vijay Diwas 2018 observed in India
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