On this day, 19 years ago, the Kargil War which was fought for over 60 days was put to an end. With the end of this war came India’s control being regained in occupied territory. However, this is a matter of mixed emotions. Life has been lost on both sides in this war.
Here are some important things to recall about the ‘Kargil War’.
Reasons: This war was called to action when there were rising tensions by separatist activists supported by Pakistan. The main cause of the war arose when Pakistani forces disguised themselves as Kashmiri militants and infiltrated the Indian side of Line of Control.
Operations and Counter Operations: There were plans made by the Pakistani government in terms of an operation named ‘Operation Badr’ which intended to sever the link between Ladhak and Kashmir. India, in response, started ‘Operation Vijay’ and mobilized about two hundred thousand troops.
Loss: Over five hundred of our armed forces lost their lives in this war. Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated every year in order to commemorate our fallen and brave heroes.
Bitter Victory: The Kargil War is a depiction of how loss can embitter a victory and make us wonder to what extent we have to go to keep what is ours safeguarded.
Memories: India and Pakistan still have long ways to go in order to mend their differences and become one, but the nation can breathe now that a major war has been ended. Sadly, the same cannot be said for the families of those fallen warriors.
War is never a pleasant sight nor does it justify the loss of human life. But we must always remember that as we walk freely in our democracy and can dance, sing and party in peace, there are many heroes who fight to keep us safe.
Let us take a moment on this Kargil Vijay Diwas to remember those who fought bravely and gave their lives in exchange for the safety of billions. That feeling of fighting for the greater good is a true spirit of a soldier.