Kargil Victory Day
Kargil Victory Dayis a memorial day in India that commemorates the end of the 1999 Kargil conflict between India and Pakistan. Although the conflict resulted in return to status quo ante bellum, India sees this as a victory.
On #KargilVijayDiwas, a grateful nation pays homage to all those who served the nation during Operation Vijay. Our brave soldiers ensured that India remains protected and gave a befitting answer to those who tried to vitiate the atmosphere of peace.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 26, 2018
The Kargil conflict took place in the Kargil district of Kashmir, a disputed territory between India and Pakistan. Kargil is situated in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, it lies near the Line of Control between the Pakistani- and Indian-controlled parts of Kashmir. In 1999, Pakistan tried to recapture the Kargil sector.
On Kargil Vijay Diwas, I salute the Indian Armed Forces for defeating the enemy in Kargil war. My tributes to the martyrs of Kargil war who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our nation. Jai Hind!
— Manohar Parrikar (@manoharparrikar) July 26, 2018
The conflict lasted from May to July 1999. Pakistani soldiers and Kashmiri insurgents infiltrated the positions on the Indian side of the Line of Control, but Indian Armed Forces recaptured them. With international diplomatic opposition, Pakistan eventually was forced to withdraw its forces from the remaining Indian positions.
The fighting ceased on July 26, 1999. This day is marked in India as Kargil Victory Day (Kargil Vijay Diwas) in honor of the war heroes. Remembrance ceremonies in honor of 527 Indian soldiers who died in duty are held throughout the country. Prime Minister pays homage to the deceased soldiers at the India Gate in New Delhi.