New Delhi: On the 22nd anniversary of the Kargil Vijay Diwas today, President Ram Nath Kovind paid homage to the indomitable courage and sacrifice of the Indian armed forces during the Kargil conflict of 1999 at the Baramula War Memorial. Earlier, the President was set to lay wreath at the Kargil War Memorial in Dras along the LOC. However, owing to bad weather conditions, the President won’t be laying a wreath at Kargil War Memorial in Dras due to bad weather, said Indian Army officials on Monday. Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat will also participate at the Kargil Vijay Diwas celebrations along with the President.Also Read - Shershaah: Captain Vikram Batra's Brother Vishal Batra Says '10-12 Per Cent Liberty' Taken by Sidharth Malhotra's Film
Earlier on Sunday, a day ahead of Kargil Vijay Diwas, CDS Rawat visited the Dras sector in Kargil district to review the prevailing security situation and operational preparedness of forces in the Union Territory. “General Bipin Rawat, CDS visited Dras Sector along Line of Control and reviewed the prevailing security situation and operational preparedness. CDS also interacted with troops and complimented them for their high morale and exhorted them to remain resolute and steadfast. IndianArmy”, tweeted Additional Directorate General of Public Information of Indian Army. Also Read - 'Always With You': France's Message to India on 21st Anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Mann ki Baat address on Sunday, urged the countrymen to salute the brave hearts who made the nation proud in 1999, a day ahead of Kargil Vijay Diwas on Monday. “It is only natural to be filled with emotions in respect for the one who raises the Tricolour for the country. This feeling of patriotism unites us all,” PM Modi said. Also Read - Kargil Vijay Diwas 2020: Captain Vikram Batra's Story, All You Need to Know About The War Hero Before Rooting For Sidharth Malhotra's Shershaah
“Tomorrow, i.e. July 26 is also Kargil Vijay Diwas. The Kargil war is a symbol of the valour and discipline of our armed forces, which has been seen by the whole world. This time this glorious day will also be celebrated in the middle of ‘Amrit Mahotsav’. That’s why it becomes even more special. I would like you to read the thrilling story of Kargil and salute the heroes of Kargil,” PM Modi added during his monthly radio programme.
The Indian armed forces had 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 in recapturing the mountain heights that were occupied by the Pakistani Army on July 26, 1999, known as the Kargil War.