India celebrates the 22nd Anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas on 26th July 2021 which marks the victory of India over Pakistan in the war fought from 3rd May to 26th July 1999 in Kargil, Jammu & Kashmir.
The day remembers the valour and sacrifices of the heroes of the Kargil War and pays homage to the martyrs who lost their lives in the line of duty.
i.On 26th July 1999, the Indian army successfully executed Operation Vijay, which evicted the infiltrators, backed by the Pakistani Army, from the high outposts in Kargil after an armed conflict that lasted for more than 60 days.
ii.Around 527 soldiers of the Indian Armed Forces were lost during the Kargil War.
i.Then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee declared the success of the operation Vijay on July 14th and the operation was officially declared closed on 26th July 1999, since then the day is annually celebrated as Kargil Vijay Diwas.
ii.Under operation Vijay, the Indian Army mobilised more than 2 lakh troops.
As part of the ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ celebration, a Victory Flame will be received at the War Memorial in Drass, Ladakh on the 22nd anniversary of the Kargil Vijay Diwas.
About Ministry of Defence:
Union Minister– Rajnath Singh (Constituency- Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh)
Minister of State– Ajay Bhatt (Constituency- Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar, Uttarakhand)