India is celebrating the 21st anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas on July 26. The anniversary is observed every year to show solidarity and gratitude to the brave-hearted servicemen of our armed forces.‘Operation Vijay’ was the name given to India’s limited war against Pakistan after it occupied the high outposts in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kargil in 1999.
Looking back in history:
In 1999, the Pakistani army crossed the Line of Control in Kargil and tried to capture India’s land. Before India responded with ‘Operation Vijay’, the Pakistani troops managed to capture almost a region between 130-200 square kilometers.
The glorious ‘Operation Vijay’ came up with mobilization of about 2,00,000 Indian soldiers. This brought an end to this conflict and recaptured all the posts which were lost. The Kargil war was fought for more than 3 months and ended on 26 July. The victory came at a high price, India lost 527 of its brave-hearted soldiers in the war.
Remembering the heroes:
Captain Vikram Batra of the 13 Jammu and Kashmir Rifle whose words reverberate even today – ‘Yeh Dil Maange More..’ The soldier took the soft drink advertising slogan and elevated it to a motto for life.
He died fighting Pakistani forces during the Kargil war in 1999 at the age of 24. He was given the highest wartime gallantry award Param Vir Chakra posthumously. He came to be fondly called the ‘Tiger of Drass’, the ‘Lion of Kargil’, the ‘Kargil Hero’, and so on.
On May 14, 1999, another braveheart Major Rajesh Adhikari was leading the central arm of three 10-man teams trying to capture a bunker at 16,000 ft at the Tololing feature. Major Adhikari suffered serious bullet injuries to which he succumbed beyond enemy lines on May 15.
He was the second army officer to be martyred in the Kargil war. His body was recovered 13 days later. In his pocket was an unread letter from his wife. He was posthumously awarded Mahavir Chakra for his bravery.
Major Padmapani Acharya was a company commander and assigned the task of recapturing an enemy position in Tololing. He was grievously injured in the process and succumbed to his injuries soon after completing his mission. Days before the battle, he had written a letter to his father telling him “combat is an honor of a lifetime”.
In the same letter, he requested his father to tell “a story a day from the Mahabharata” to his daughter Charu, who could never be got to see her father again.
Hundreds of our brave soldiers laid down their lives for the nation. On the occasion of “Vijay Diwas”, we at Crowdera salute the Bravehearts.
We feel extremely proud to have associated with “Kendriya Sainik Board”, the apex body of the Govt of India which has raised more than 20 Million Rupees (and counting) for the welfare of Ex-servicemen using our platform.
This campaign aims to serve the jawans, as the jawans only get their primary education till 12th standard, they fail to find a proper job after serving the nation for the most productive years of their life, retiring at the age of 35. These are the ones who protected us in the wars of 1962, 1965, 1971 and Kargil.
“To my countrymen, I’m the shield. To my enemies, I’m the sword”
Let us salute to all our soldiers who are brave and protect us all throughout the day and night. Let us remember their fights and toil on this day. Show your support, contribute to the cause, they are the ones who fight for us so provide your kind contribution towards building the families and the future of the ex-army men.