Kargil Vijay Diwas 2021: Remembering India's Fallen Heroes Who Put the Nation First!

By Karishma Singh|Updated : July 26th, 2021

India celebrates Kargil Vijay Diwas on July 26 every year to mark the anniversary of the Indian Army's victory against Pakistan on this day in 1999, after more than 60 days of armed conflict on the highlands of Kargil in Ladakh. In what was perhaps the most recent example of high-altitude warfare in mountainous terrain, the Indian Army ousted the neighbouring nation's military forces and took back control of the high outposts in the region.

The Prime Minister of India pays homage to the soldiers at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate every year. Various cultural programmes are organised for the three-day event. During the war, the Indian Army evicted Pakistani intruders and succeeded in recapturing Tiger Hill and other posts as a part of Operation Vijay.

The IAF played a major role in the war, it’s operation Safed Sagar helped to identify Pakistani troops and infiltrators at the height of 32,000 feet. The Pakistani incursion aimed to sever the link between Kashmir and Ladakh and cause Indian forces to withdraw from the Siachen Glacier, thus forcing India to negotiate a settlement of the broader Kashmir dispute.

The Government of India responded with Operation Vijay, a mobilization of 200,000 Indian troops. The Kargil war was fought for more than 60 days and the condition became worst due to its high altitude and rough terrain and natural habitat. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister at that time. PM declared the operation as successful on July 14, but it was officially declared closed on July 26 1999.

Bravehearts, who sacrificed their lives during the Kargil War to defend the nation and their fellow soldiers:

  • Grenadier Yogendra Singh Yadav (18 Grenadiers) – Param Vir Chakra
  • Lieutenant Manoj Kumar Pandey (1/11 Gorkha Rifles) – Param Vir Chakra, Posthumous
  • Captain Vikram Batra (13 JAK Rifles) – Param Vir Chakra, Posthumous (“Sher Shah Of Kargil”)
  • Rifleman Sanjay Kumar (13 JAK Rifles) – Param Vir Chakra
  • Captain Anuj Nayyar (17 JAT Regiment) – Maha Vir Chakra, Posthumous
  • Major Rajesh Singh Adhikari (18 Grenadiers) – Maha Vir Chakra, Posthumous
  • Captain Haneef-u-ddin (11 Rajputana Rifles) – Vir Chakra, Posthumous
  • Major Mariappan Saravanan (1 Bihar) – Vir Chakra, Posthumous
  • Squadron Leader Ajay Ahuja (Indian Air Force) – Vir Chakra, Posthumous
  • Havildar Chuni Lal (8 JAK LI) – Vir Chakra and Sena-Medal for gallantry and posthumously awarded Ashoka Chakra as a Naib Subedar.

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