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India bows to Kargil War heroes on Vijay Diwas

The Nation today paid tribute and homage to India's brave soldiers who laid their lives during the 1999 Kargil War

A wreath laying ceremony was held at the War Memorial in Drass on the 23rd Kargil Vijay Diwas to pay tribute to India’s valiant soldiers who laid down their lives in the defence of the country during the 1999 Kargil War.

The Indian Armed Forces defeated Pakistan on July 26, 1999. Since then, the day is celebrated as 'Kargil Vijay Diwas' to rekindle the pride and valour of the soldiers who took part in Operation Vijay.

The day marks the victory of Indian soldiers on July 26, 1999, in recapturing the mountain heights that were occupied by the Pakistani Army during the Kargil War.

Prime Minister Modi also paid tributes to all the brave warriors for their courage and supreme sacrifice in protecting our nation.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister said; “Kargil Vijay Diwas is a symbol of pride and glory of Maa Bharati. On this occasion, my salute to all the brave sons of the country who have accomplished their valour in the defence of the motherland. Jai Hind!”

The Kargil War was fought between May 8, 1999, to July 26, 1999, against Pakistan intruders, who in the winters of 1998 transgressed into the Indian territory across the Line of Control and occupied fortified defences overlooking the NH 1A in Kargil's Drass and Batalik Sectors of Ladakh region with a nefarious aim of dominating all military and civil movement on the highway.

Braving unprecedented hardships, overcoming the hazards of near impossible terrain and severe climatic conditions, India’s gallant soldiers launched fearless attacks on well-fortified defended Pakistani positions to achieve an extraordinary victory.

On July 24, several bands performed at a musical show titled "Ek Sham Shahidon ke Naam" in Drass town to pay tribute to Kargil war heroes.

Locals and Indian army personnel took part in the music event.

Earlier on Sunday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the abrogation of Article 370 has brought a new dawn of hope to the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

"India has become a strong and confident nation which is well-equipped to protect its people from anyone who tries to cast an evil eye," said Rajnath Singh during an event organised to commemorate 'Kargil Vijay Diwas' in Jammu on Sunday.

Highlighting the Centre's effort to build a self-reliant defence ecosystem, Singh said that a self-reliant India is well-equipped to give a befitting reply to anyone who casts an evil eye on the country.