Line of Control Current Affairs - 2019
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A book titled ‘A Prime Minister to Remember- Memories of a Military Chief’, authored by former Navy Chief Admiral Sushil Kumar recently released highlights the key defence related decisions taken by former Prime Minister of India Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Admiral Kumar served as Navy Chief between 1998 and 2001 and also oversaw Kargil conflict in 1999.
Key Highlights from Book
The book by former Navy Chief Admiral Sushil Kumar reads that 1999 Kargil conflict was Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s “finest hour”.
He credits Vajpayee for turning the strategic tactical loss into a massive victory and for which he gave full credit to Armed Forces. Vajpayee instructed armed to not cross LoC (Line of Control), but drive them [Pakistan] away, telling this as his best master stroke Adm. kumar observed that Mr. Vajpayee knew the value of restraint.
In the wake of the Parliament terror attack (December 13, 2001) Vajpayee wanted to hit a Pakistani Army camp but was forced to drop plan at last moment as it got relocated.
Admiral kumar also says that while then External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh wanted India to support United States war on Afghanistan in wake of 9/11 terrorist attack, but the military chiefs disagreed and Vajpayee diplomatically went with latter option.
He mention that Operation Parakram that was called after Parliament attack was not the military’s finest hour.
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India will be celebrating this year the 20th anniversary of Operation Vijay also called Kargil Vijay Diwas for over three days from 25 July to 27 July 2019 at Dras and New Delhi. The day is observed to commemorate victory in Kargil war with pride, honour and inspiration. The day will be celebrated with theme- Remember, Rejoice and Renew.
Objective: to evoke feeling of nationalism and patriotism especially amongst youth with scheduled nationwide campaigns and also to pay homage to valiant soldiers.
Remembrance: The Kargil conflict will forever be remembered for its strategic and tactical surprises, self-imposed national strategy of restraint (because of which war was kept limited to only Kargil-Siachen Sectors) and also swiftly executed tri-services military strategy and plans. It will also be remembered for determination, courage, daring junior leadership and raw courage of our jawans at tactical level.
Celebrations: The celebrations in National Capital of India will begin from 14th of July, with the lightning of a Victory Flame from National War Memorial, New Delhi, which will travel across 11 towns and cities, to finally culminate at Dras (a town in Kargil District of Jammu and Kashmir) wherein the flame will be merged with the eternal flame at Kargil War Memorial, which is built by Indian Army.
On Kargil Vijay Diwas, a Wreath Memorial Ceremony will also be organized at site of Kargil War Memorial in Dras to honour brave-hearts who laid down their lives during the Operation Vijay.
Events: The events are planned to highlight stories of valour by brave soldiers of this country and rekindle the pride among India’s youth. Various events being organised includes-
- Expeditions by units which participated in Kargil War to their respective battlefields at high altitude locations such as Tololing, Tiger Hill, Pt 4875 etc.
- Special National Integration Camp for NCC Cadets hailing from various States and Union Territories (UT).
- Ek Daud Shaheedon Ke Naam by People of Ladakh, in which citizens from remotest corner of region and brave war veterans from far-flung villages of Ladakh will participate.
- T-20 Cricket Championship- in Ladakh region in NDS Memorial Stadium (at 11500 ft). The teams form Indian Army, Indian Air Force, ITBP and local clubs from entire Ladakh region will participate in tournament.
- Kargil Vijay Diwas Evening- a cultural extravaganza on 27 July 2019, at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium will be attended by the dignitaries.
About Kargil War
It was an armed conflict between India and Pakistan that took place between May and July 1999 in Kargil district of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and elsewhere along Line of Control (LOC).
In India the conflict is also popularly known as Operation Vijay (meaning Victory) which was the name of Indian operation to clear Kargil sector.
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