"Any local militant who is picking up the gun against security forces, he will no longer be a militant, that is one strategy that anybody who picks up the gun against the Army will no longer be a militant," said Rawat.
Sixty kilometres west of Kargil, Drass with Mushkoh Valley, Tololing and Tiger Hill, became one of the major theatres of the war, witness to some of the bloodiest battles as Indian troops beat back the Pakistanis to regain the icy heights.
The event at India Gate began at 4.30 pm with a wreath-laying ceremony. Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Minister of State for Defence, Shripad Yesso Naik and Minister of State for Animal Husbandry, Pratap Sarangi, were chief guests at the event and paid tribute.
Kargil Vijay Diwas: In 1999, Indian troops had recaptured several mountain tops overlooking the strategic Srinagar-Leh highway from Pakistani intruders. Releasing a statement in this regard, the Army said that the 20th anniversary of "Operation Vijay" will be celebrated with the theme 'Remember, Rejoice and Renew'.