Kargil Vijay Diwas, named after the successful Operation Vijay, is celebrated in India on 26 July. On this date in 1999 India successfully took command of the high outposts which had been possessed by Pakistan surreptitiously at the end of winter.
The Kargil War
The Kargil war was fought for more than 60 days, ended on 26 July and resulted in loss of life on both the sides. Pakistan however disowned it’s soldiers and refused to take back their mortal remains. In this war 527 soldiers from Indian Armed Forces made supreme sacrifice of their life to make it possible.
The war ended with India regaining control of all the previously held territory, hence re-establishing the state existing before the war.
The Wikipedia entry is a Jihadi attempt to distort the facts. Hence this post is aimed at correcting the mischievous entry.
Prime Minister’s speech today:
My dear countrymen, Namaskar. Today, is the 26th of July, a very special day…It is Kargil Vijay Diwas. It was on this very day 21 years ago, our Army unfurled the flag of victory in the battle of Kargil. Friends, India can never forget the circumstances under which the battle of Kargil took place. Pakistan had embarked upon this misadventure, nursing delusions of encroaching upon Indian soil, to distract attention from the internal strife prevailing there. India was then in the process of making efforts to foster good relations with Pakistan. But as it is said,
“बयरु अकारन सब काहू सों।
जो कर हित अनहित ताहू सों।।”
Which means, to the wicked, enmity with one and all for no reason comes naturally. People with such a disposition keep thinking of harming even their well-wishers… that is why when India extended a hand of friendship, Pakistan tried to respond, stabbing in the back. But after that, when our gallant Army displayed deeds of valour, when India demonstrated her might the whole world watched it. You can imagine….the enemy lodged in soaring mountainous heights and our armed forces, our brave soldiers fighting from down below! But it was not about victoriously conquering the heights…