Today, July 26, is the day which marks 18 years of Indian Army recapturing all the Indian posts in Kargil which had earlier been occupied by the Pakistani Army. July 26 is observed annually to mark the sacrifices done by our soldiers in the 1999 war.

Kargil Vijay Diwas is named after the success of Operation Vijay which was rolled out in 1999.

The war which lasted more than 60 days, ended on July 26 with the Indian Army regaining possessions of Kargil. The Vijay Diwas is celebrated in Kargil’s Dras sector and in the national capital. On this day, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, will also be paying homage to the soldiers at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate.

As we enter the 18th year of Kargil Vijay Diwas, we bring to you a few of the lesser known facts about the war which will instill a fresh sense of patriotism in you and you will walk with you head held high.

a) Kargil war was fought in 1999 between India and Pakistan in Kargil, Ladakh, which was initially Baltistan district, separated by the LOC after the first Kashmir war.

b) National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) Atal Bihari Vajpayee was in power at the time when the war broke-out.

c) The Kargil War was the first war between India and Pakistan after 1971 which had given the tag of an independent nation to Bangladesh.

d) During the war, the Indian forces had launched an operation to clear out the infiltrations by Pakistani soldiers and Kashmiri militants on the Kargil sector of the Indian side.

e) The war which was fought despite the two countries signing the Shimla Agreement — it stated that no conflict shall take place on the boundary.

f) Following the Shimla Agreement, the war which was fought in Kargil, not on the mentioned boundary but somewhere along the Line of Control (LoC).

g) Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee had declared the operation successful on July 14. However, the operation was officially declared closed on July 26, 1999.

h) While India lost over 500 of its brave soldiers, reports suggested that over 3000 Pakistani men and infiltrators were gunned down.

The Kargil War which was covered widely in the media highlights the examples of one of the biggest and the toughest war fought between the two nuclear powered nations. The high-altitude air combat and the mountainous terrains are just a few of the infamous examples of the war.

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