A grateful nation pays homage to all those who served the nation during Operation Vijay. Our brave soldiers ensured that India remains protected and gave a befitting answer to those who tried to vitiate the atmosphere of peace. We salute the ultimate sacrifice of the martyrs of Kargil.

After the India-Pakistan War of 1971, there had been a long period of fairly some direct armed conflicts between the military forces of the India and Pakistan – not opposing the efforts of both countries to control the Siachen Glacier by establishing military posts on the girding mountains ridges and the performing military skirmishes in the 1980s. During the 1990s, still, escalating pressure and conflict due to separatist conditioning in Kashmir, as well as the conducting of nuclear tests by both countries in 1998, led to a truculent atmosphere. In an attempt to defuse the situation, both nations signed the Lahore Declaration in February 1999, promising to give a peaceful and bilateral result to the Kashmir conflict. During Winter Season of 1998 – 1999, some elements of the Pakistani Armed Forces were covertly training and sending Pakistani forces on the Indian side of the LOC.

The objective of the Pakistani irruption was to ramify the link between Kashmir and Ladakh and beget Indian forces to withdraw from the Siachen Glacier, therefore forcing India to negotiate an agreement of the broader Kashmir dispute. Originally, with little knowledge of the nature or extent of the infiltration, the Indian military in the area assumed that the informers were jihadis and declared that they would evict them in some days. Posterior discovery of infiltration away along the LOC, along with the difference in tactics employed by the informers, caused the Indian army to realize that the plan of attack was on a much bigger scale. Government of India responded with Operation Vijay, a rallying of Indian army. The war came to an end officially on 26 July 1999, with the eviction of Pakistan Army from their position, therefore marking it as Kargil Vijay Diwas. 527 troopers from the Indian Armed Forces lost their lives during the war.
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