Every year on July 26, Kargil Vijay Diwas is commemorated to honour India’s victory over Pakistan in the Kargil War of 1999. On this day, the country honours the heroic soldiers of the Indian National Army who took Tiger Hill back during “Operation Vijay.”
In the Kargil region of Jammu & Kashmir, the Kargil war broke out in May 1999. India sent several soldiers to the front lines during the two-month-long conflict as part of “Operation Vijay.” India triumphed in the conflict on July 26, 1999. Three phases made up this conflict with Pakistan.
A chunk of Kashmir was under the control of Indian forces during the first phase, and with the aid of local shepherds, the Indian army started capturing crucial transportation routes during the second phase.
With the help of the Indian Air Force, the Indian Army finished evicting Pakistani soldiers in the third and last phase.
200,000 Indian Jawans were sent in response to the infiltration by the Indian government, which was led by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Army Chief Ved Prakash Malik. 527 soldiers died for India, according to government data.
The Kargil Vijay Diwas is a day set aside to remember the Kargil War’s triumph and honour the valiant troops who gave their lives in defence of their country.
Indian warriors overcame a difficult situation and the bitter cold to drive the Pakistanis from their homeland. Indian soldiers showed extraordinary gallantry despite the challenging situation. They battled in numerous hand-to-hand battles, scaled mountains when required, and endured enemy fire from hills. The Prime Minister honours the soldiers at Amar Jawan Jyoti, which is close to India Gate, each year.