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Kargil Diwas: Remembering the martyrs

Kargil Diwas: Remembering the martyrs

The battle that continued for 60 days was finally won by the Indian Army on July 26, 1999.

New Delhi: July 26, 2013 marks the 14th anniversary of the day when Indian soldiers gallantly fought and pushed the Pakistani intruders and soldiers back from the icy heights of Kargil. Every year on this day, the country pays tribute to the martyrs who lost lost their lives while trying to reclaim their land.

The battle to clear the Kargil sector was named as operation Vijay by the Indian Army. Many of the soldiers were posthumously felicitated with gallantry awards for their contribution during the war.

The war that was fought for more than 60 days in 1999, ended on July 26, with India winning the battle. However, the nation had to pay a huge price with the death of about 527 Indian soldiers.

The Indian army had in a breathtaking display of courage and glory, scaled the heights and snatched the Indian territory back from the hands of the enemy in a series of operations at the war front.

Kargil war was the first direct ground war between two nations since the development of nuclear weapons. It was also the first televised war in India. It brought the sacrifice of the Indian forces to the home of the Indians making a mark that the people of India can never forget.

The will and the determination of the Indian Army was clearly audible when Param Vir Chakra awardee, Captain Vikram Batra, who lost his life during the battle, voiced out his feelings by saying, "Ye Dil Mange More!" during the war. It was this courage and this dedication which till this day remains imprinted on the hearts and minds of the Indians.

We salute the bravehearts for their dedication and sacrifices for the cause of the nation.