Kargil Vijay Diwas 2022
After 23 years of its victory over Pakistan in the Kargil War, India is commemorating its 23rd Vijay Diwas, remembering the indomitable courage, sacrifices and valor of the fallen heroes in recapturing several mountain heights seized by Pakistani infiltrators in Kashmir. Operation Vijay was successfully carried out to finally recapture occupied Tiger Hill in the Kargil region of Jammu and Kashmir on July 26, 1999. Since then, every year on July 26, events and programmes are held across the country.
This year, Indian Army commemorated the 23rd Kargil Vijay Diwas at the Kargil War Memorial in Drass. Rajya Sabha paid tributes to Indian soldiers who lost their priceless lives in the Kargil war, with Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu saying their valor will continue to inspire generations. He mentioned this July 26 marked the 23rd anniversary of the Kargil Vijay Diwas – the day in 1999 when Indian soldiers threw out enemy forces occupying peaks of Kargil. This resulted “in a momentous victory for our country”.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah posted on his official account on the occasion, “Kargil Vijay Diwas is a symbol of the indomitable courage and valour of the Indian Armed Forces. Today is a day to be proud as well as to honour and remember our soldiers. With their bravery, the soldiers raised the tricolor again after driving out the enemies from Kargil.”
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also paid tribute to soldiers who lost their lives in the 1999 Kargil War and lays a wreath at the National War Memorial in Delhi on this day.
All you need to know about Kargil Vijay Diwas
Operation Vijay, Safed Sagar and Operation Talwar
With the mobilisation of more than 2,00,000 troops of Indian Army, India responded to Pakistani infiltrators with Operation Vijay. Government took the decision of involving airforce in Kargil War on May 25. And this operation was given the code-name Operation Safed Sagar.
And not just Army and Indian Air force, the Indian Navy too strategically mounted pressure on Pakistan through Operation Talwar. The Navy was patrolling off the Pakistani coasts during the war aggressively.
And with the cumulative success of all three branches of armed forces, the Kargil War finally came to an end on July 26. That was the day when Indian soldiers were able to flush out all the Pakistani infiltrators from their illegally occupied positions and marked this day as Kargil Vijay Diwas.