19th Kargil Vijay Diwas Today-26 July
Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated on 26 July every year in honor of the Kargil war’s heroes. Kargil Vijay Diwas is named after the operation Vijay. On this day,26 July 1999, India took command of the regions which had been lost to Pakistani intruders. The Kargil war was for more than 60 days and ended on 26 July. The Prime Minister pays homage to the soldiers at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at the India Gate.
Kargil war was an armed conflict between India and Pakistan that took place between May and July of 1999 in the Kargil district of Kashmir and along the Line Of Control(LOC). The cause of the war was infiltration of the Pakistani soldiers disguised as Kashmiri militants.
Initially Pakistan blamed the fighting on the Kashmiri independents but later evidence of Pakistani paramilitary being involved came up. The Indian army along with the Indian Air Force recaptured majority of the regions on the Indian side of LOC. Later the Pakistani forces withdrew from the remaining positions.
The high mountainous terrain was the most dangerous battlefield in the world posing numerous difficulties to the soldiers.
On the 19th anniversary of the Kargil war, India remembers the fallen heroes.