5 Facts About Kargil Vijay Diwas You Must Know
"India will always remember with pride, the outstanding leadership provided by Atal ji during Operation Vijay. He led from the front, supported our armed forces and clearly articulated India’s stand at the world stage," tweeted PM Narender Modi remembering the saga of grit and determination of the Indian army on the occasion of Kargil Vijay Diwas
The Kargil conflict was one of the fiercest wars between India and Pakistan. After a bitter struggle against Pakistan, Indian heroes brought victory to the nation and today, the nation is celebrating the 19th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas. The day is observed in the remembrance of recapturing the towering hills in Kargil district in Ladakh division subsequent the occupancy of Pakistani troops 19 years ago. The Kargil war is said to be the only direct conflict between two nuclear-capable nations till date. The Indian Army named the mission ‘Operation Vijay’ while the Airforce called it ‘Operation Safed Sagar’.
Here is everything you need to know about the Kargil Vijay Diwas:
- The Kargil war was fought for around 40- 60 days under minus 10-degree temperature. Until 4 July,1999, Indian army had captured strategic peaks like Tiger Hill and Tololing.
- The Kargil war saw the use of Bofors FH- 77B artillery guns. Although it is said that the USA refused GPS help, Israel helped India with ordnance and armaments and provided UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or drones). Years later, India developed its own IRNSS system that set-in motion in 2016.
- The 1999 Kargil War brought out the best in Indian soldiers. Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey, Captain Vikram Batra, Yogender Singh Yadav and Rifleman Sanjay Kumar received the prestigious Param Veer Chakra for triumphant conquer of the peak in Kargil. It is said that Captain Vikram Batra shouted ‘Yeh dil maange more’ which later became the slogan of Pepsi.
- The aftermath of Kargil war recorded two major events in the history. Atal Bihar led NDA won 303 seats in the 13th Lok Sabha elections in October 1999. There was a huge backlash in Pakistan over Kargil blunder. As a fallout, General Parvez Musharraf staged a coup against PM Shareef on 12 October 1999.
- The war was fought within a limited area of hostilities and at high altitude (4500m-5000m) mountainous warfare. The US and the west including the G8 nations identified Pakistan as the aggressor and condemned it. It was the first ever war that beamed ‘LIVE’ to TVs in India.
"India will always remember with pride, the outstanding leadership provided by Atal ji during Operation Vijay. He led from the front, supported our armed forces and clearly articulated India’s stand at the world stage," tweeted PM Narender Modi remembering the saga of grit and determination of the Indian army on the occasion of Kargil Vijay Diwas. The conclusion of the Kargil War carried the loss of 527 brave soldiers and 1563 injured army men who recaptured all positions and pushed Pakistan army to retreat.