President, Vice President & Prime Minister pay tributes on 20th Kargil Vijay Diwas


The 20th Anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas is being celebrated across India (PTI photo)

The 20th Anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas is being celebrated across India (PTI photo)

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu paid tributes to the martyrs of Kargil War on the 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas.

In a tweet, President Ram Nath Kovind said, a grateful nation acknowledges the gallantry of Armed Forces on the heights of Kargil in 1999.

He added, the country salutes the grit and valour of those who defended India and record its everlasting debt to those who never returned.

On the occasion, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu paid respects to the brave soldiers of the Indian Army. In a tweet, he saluted all the heroes of the Kargil war and Operation Vijay who secured a valiant victory on 26th of July, 1999.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid tributes to soldiers who fought in the 1999 Kargil war, as the nation observed 20th anniversary of the conflict.

“I pray from my heart for all the heroic sons of Mother India (Maa Bharati) on Kargil Vijay Divas. This day reminds us of the courage, bravery and dedication of our soldiers,” he tweeted.

He paid tributes to the “mighty warriors who sacrificed everything to defend the motherland”.

India’s victory in the war is observed as Kargil Vijay Divas.

In another tweet, PM Modi shared pictures of his visit to the area during the conflict and his interaction with soldiers.

“During the Kargil war in 1999, I had the opportunity to go to Kargil and show solidarity with our brave soldiers,” he tweeted.

The prime minister said that in 1999, he was working for the BJP in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.

“The visit to Kargil and interactions with soldiers are unforgettable,” he wrote.

In the photographs, he is seen interacting with Army men and meeting wounded soldiers.

Kargil Vijay Diwas is named after the successful Operation Vijay in 1999 when India regained the control of the high outposts which had been stealthily taken over by Pakistan.

The Kargil war was fought for more than 60 days and ended with India regaining control of all the previously held territory.

The central theme of this year’s celebrations is ‘Remember, Rejoice and Renew.’