Victory Flame Current Affairs - 2019

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26 July: 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas celebrated

Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated across India on 26 July every year to remember victory of Indian Armed Forces in Operation Vijay in 1999 against infiltrating Pakistani troops. The year 2019, marks 20th anniversary of victory in Operation VIJAY popularly known as Kargil War, and is being celebrated with theme- Remember, Rejoice and Renew.

About Kargil Vijay Diwas

Objective behind celebrating Kargil Vijay Diwas is to evoke feeling of nationalism and patriotism through nationwide campaigns especially amongst youth and to pay homage to valiant soldiers.

Celebrations:

The annual observance of anniversary is to show respect and gratitude to brave servicemen of armed forces who laid down their lives in re-capturing all positions that were then infiltrated & seized by Pakistan Army.

It is celebrated with heavy enthusiasm and vigor by military personnel at Dras-Kargil sector and New Delhi at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate.

20th Anniversary celebrations of Kargil Vijay Diwas: began in New Delhi on 14 July 2019. The Victory Flame traversed through 11 towns and cities and finally reached Dras where it was received from Major DP Singh and passed on to Param Veer Chakra awardee Yogendra Yadav and then to Chief of Indian Army Bipin Rawat to merge at Kargil War Memorial with eternal flame.

About Operation Vijay (Kargil War)

It was an armed conflict between India and Pakistan that took place in Kargil district of Kashmir and elsewhere along Line of Control (LOC).

It was fought for over 60 days (between May and July 1999) and ended with India regaining control of all previously held territory. In 60- day long conflict, the victory of Tiger Hill was one of the crucial achievements.

Remembrance: Operation Vijay will always be remembered for its self-imposed national strategy of restraint in keeping war limited to Kargil-Siachen Sectors (of Kashmir), strategic and tactical surprises and the way in which tri-services military strategy and plans were swiftly executed.

Defence Minister lights Victory Flame to Mark 20 Years of Kargil War

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh lighted Victory Flame at National War Memorial in New Delhi on 14 July 2019 to begin celebrations of 20th Anniversary of victory in Operation Vijay (Kargil War 1999) at Kargil (in Kargil district of Ladakh region), in Jammu and Kashmir.

Key Highlights

The year 2019 marks 20th anniversary of successful culmination of Operation Vijay wherein brave soldiers of Indian Army overcame seemingly insurmountable odds, hostile terrain, weather, and determined enemy (Pakistan) occupying dominating heights, to win Kargil war.

Theme of 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas- Remember, Rejoice and Renew which stads for- The country all together ‘remember’ our martyrs by revisiting their sacrifices, ‘rejoice’ by celebrating victory in Kargil and ‘renew’ our resolve to safeguard honour of Tricolour.

The Victory Flame was lit by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh along with General Bipin Rawat, COAS, Subedar Sanjay Kumar, PVC who handed it over to ace army shooter Subedar Jitu Rai, as 1st torch bearer of the Flame.

Events Planned:

Indian Army is celebrating this kargil war victory in memory of its brave martyrs with events covering a myriad spectrum.

Relay of Victory Flame from National War Memorial (in New Delhi) to Kargil War Memorial (in Dras). Indian Army’s outstanding sportsmen and war heroes will be carrying Victory Flame.

It will pass through 9 major towns/cities of North India and finally culminate at Kargil War Memorial located at Dras on 26 July 2019, where it will be received by General Bipin Rawat, COAS.

All along journey of Victory Flame, Indian Army personnel will be paying homage to heroes who fought valiantly for Nation.

About Victory Flame

It symbolizes coalescence of souls of Kargil War martyrs.

Its design has been inspired by grit, guts and glory displayed by immortals who made supreme sacrifice for motherland in finest tradition of Indian Army.

Torch of Victory Flame is made of copper, brass and wood which symbolizes tenacity and determination of country’s fallen heroes.

Torch Symbolism

Upper portion of Torch has a metal etching of Amar Jawan that epitomizes fallen Unknown Soldiers.

Lower portion of Torch is Wooden and it has 20 gold embossed inscriptions of Amar Jawan exemplifying 20 glorious years of Kargil Victory.