President of India Ram Nath Kovind, Commander-in-chief of the Indian Armed Forces, led the Indian nation on Friday, July 26, 2019 in paying homage to the fallen soldiers and recalled their velour to safeguard the country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. They sacrificed their lives fighting the invaders on the peaks of Kargil in 1999. July 26 every year is observed as Kargil Vijay Diwas to commemorate the success of Operation Vijay and the victory of the Indian Army against infiltrating Pakistani troops. Army chief General Bipin Rawat has warned Pakistan saying in the event of repeat of such a misadventure, Islamabad would have to “take back bodies”. Infiltration has come down from across the western border as Indian troops remain alert at the border.” Pakistan knows that if it’ll infiltrate, all they will have to do is come back and take mortal remains. “In a show of solidarity with the martyrs of the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his tributes on Twitter with images of his Kargil visit during the war in 1999. ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’ is celebrated with heavy enthusiasm and vigor by military personnel at Dras-Kargil sector and the national capital New Delhi at Amar Jawan Jyoti . PM Modi has tweeted “During the Kargil War in 1999, I had the opportunity to go to Kargil and show solidarity with our brave soldiers. This was the time when I was working for my Party in J&K as well as Himachal Pradesh. The visit to Kargil and interactions with soldiers are unforgettable”. Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh, Air Force Chief BS Dhanoa and Army Chief General Bipin Rawat paid tributes wearing their respective forces’ combat fatigues, in Drass today. President Ram Nath Kovind pays his respect to Kargil martyrs at Badami Bagh Cantonment in Srinagar.The helicopter carrying him to Kargil had to fly back due to rough weather. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visited the National War Memorial in Delhi for the wreathe-laying ceremony in memory of the slain soldiers.
Members of both the Houses of Parliament paid respect to the Kargil martyrs. “Remembering the valour of the slain military personnel, said Virat Kohli, Captain of Indian Men’s Cricket team. The country will never forget their sacrifice, he added.
The Army chief said “Our soldiers have very little demands. We have to keep their morale high. A soldier fighting a proxy war needs tools for surveillance that helps him identify the enemy he needs his gun and armour. We are also looking at what else we need to fight this proxy war. We are in the process of modernizing our forces but we cannot do it overnight. “They are desperate attempts to reignite a dying flame. They are doing everything to keep the Kashmir issue alive. It has been proved that they are providing financial support to terrorists. Radicalization on social media is being done to keep the Kashmir issue alive as they have sensed that Kashmir will not remain an international issue for long, said Rawat. Asked to react to the reported Donald Trump’s claim that PM Modi had urged US mediation on Kashmir issue, Rawat said, “There is a difference between talk and action. We all know what is happening in Pakistan. You know who controls the country. Pakistan will do anything to get money and once they get it they will do what they have been doing all this while.”
He said “We were compelled to take up the Kargil war in order to throw out the Pakistani infiltrators who had entered Drass area. The then PM Vajpayee had told the forces that he wants the infiltrators to be thrown out and even before the forces moved out, he was confident that we will win. Our countrymen can be rest assured that our soldiers will continue to man and protect the borders so that you can rest peacefully at you homes, all we need is your support.” Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu tweeted, “On Kargil Vijay Diwas, I pay my respects to the brave soldiers of Indian Army who made ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty to protect our nation. I salute all the heroes of the Kargil war and Operation Vijay who secured a valiant victory on July 26, 1999 (SIC).”
The Indian Air Force paid homage to the Kargil martyrs and saluted the “courage, valour and sacrifice” of India’s Bravehearts. “Let’s remember the supreme sacrifice made by brave soldiers of India, to uphold & safeguard the integrity of the nation,” the IAF said.
— Union Home Minister Home Minister paid homage to the brave hearts of India who lost their lives fighting for the sovereignty of the country. Shah called the Kargil Vijay Divas a “symbol of courage and bravery of the Indian Army.” (pick courtesy to askideas .com)