On Kargil Vijay Diwas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembers the great sacrifice of armed forces in India. In 1999, Pakistani infiltrated along with the terrorists in the Kargil district of Kashmir and within two months regained most of its territory and the Indian Army reoccupied all Indian posts that had been captured by Pakistani Army on July 26. Since then this day is celebrated as Kargil Vijay Diwas on which India salutes its martyrs and sacrifices made by jawans in this war.
Prime Minister Modi in his tweet said that Kargil Vijay Diwas reminds the bravery of Indian Military in battles and the great sacrifices that have been made by the Indian armed forces to keep India safe, “Kargil Vijay Diwas reminds us of India’s military prowess & the great sacrifices our armed forces make while steadfastly keeping India safe.” In another tweet, PM Modi remembered the brave soldiers who fought in a heroic manner for the pride and the security of India in the war, “Remembering our brave soldiers who fought gallantly for the pride of our nation & the security of our citizens during the Kargil War.”
The Indian Army declared the LoC (Line of Control) mission successful on July 26, 1999. While India had to pay a high price for the victory because according to official statistics, India lost its 527 soldiers in the war. Pakistan also urged the United States of America. But then US President Bill Clinton refused to do so until Pakistani troops were recalled from the LoC.
Here’s the awards list
Param Vir Chakra, Postumous:
- Captain Vikram Batra, 13 JAK Rifles
- Lieutenant Manoj Kumar Pandey, 1/11 Gorkha Rifles
Param Vir Chakra:
- Rifleman Sanjay Kumar, 13 JAK Rifles
- Grenadier Yogendra Singh Yadav, 18 Grenadiers
Maha Vir Chakra, Posthumous:
- Major Rajesh Singh Adhikari, 18 Grenadiers
- Captain Anuj Nayyar, 17 JAT Regiment,
Vir Chakra, Posthumous:
- Squadron Leader Ajay Ahuja, Indian Air Force
- Major Mariappan Saravanan, 1 Bihar
- Captain Haneef-u-ddin, 11 Rajputana Rifles
Hawaldar Chuni Lal, 8 JAK LI, Vir Chakra. He was also awarded Sena Medal for gallantry and posthumously awarded Ashok Chakra as a Naib Subedar.