July 26: Kargil Vijay Diwas

On July 26, 2020, India marked Kargil Vijay Diwas. The Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh paid tribute at National War Memorial. The day marks India’s victory over Pakistan in the Kargil war.

Highlights

On July 26, 1999, Indian Government culminated “Operation Vijay” and declared victory after three-month long battle in Kargil.

Kargil War

The Kargil War is an armed conflict between India and Pakistan that took place along Line of Control. India used its air power on a large scale for the first time in Kargil war after India-Pakistan War in 1971. Kargil is located very close to Line of Control.

Operation Vijay

The operation was launched by the Indian Army twice in Indian history. The first Operation Vijay was launched in 1961 that led to the capture of Goa, Anjediva islands and Daman and Diu. The second operation was launched in 1999. Both the operations were of huge success. However, the Kargil Vijay Diwas is marked on the culmination of Kargil war.

Operation White Sea

The operation White Sea was also launched during Kargil war, 1999. During the operation, Indian Air Force jointly acted with India Army to flush out regular and irregular troops of the Pakistani army.

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