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Kargil war

The Kargil war was fought between India and Pakistan between May and July 1999 in the Kargil district of Kashmir and along the Line of Control (LOC). During the war, the Indian Army evicted Pakistani intruders and succeeded in recapturing the Tiger Hill and other posts as a part of Operation Vijay. The Indian soldiers had secured this victory after a three-month conflict that led to a loss of lives from both sides with the Indian side losing nearly 490 officers, soldiers, and jawans. In order to commemorate India’s win in the war, the Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated every year on July 26.

KARGIL WAR NEWS

20 years after Kargil: 'Treated 75 injured in peak of battle, all lived to tell the tale'

August 30, 2019 9:35 am

Dr Capt Vikram Singh Grewal said that during the peak battle which lasted five days, the team had to treat and evacuate around 75 casualties, from his as well as three-four other co-located units. At least 18-20 were critical, requiring urgent surgical intervention, he said.

Kargil war: SC sets aside AFT order to 'correct' after-action report

August 24, 2019 5:35 am

It set aside an Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) order directing that "the facts should be correctly entered in the reports at the relevant places".

India won’t give in to pressure on national security: PM Modi

July 28, 2019 7:10 am

PM Modi said then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee had foiled Pakistan’s plans for global intervention in Kashmir through its Kargil misadventure. He said Pakistan had expected that India will “protest” and “oppose”, and “the world will get scared of the tension”.

Fear of death ended for us: Porters remember time of Kargil War

July 27, 2019 6:09 am

Braving constant shelling by the Pakistani side, hundreds of them ferried supplies and ammunition to Indian troops during those two months of battle. Twenty years later, The Indian Express spoke to four who stepped up at the time.

Kargil Vijay Diwas: 'We had all odds against us... were not prepared'

July 26, 2019 1:22 pm

On Kargil Vijay Diwas today, celebrating 20 years of India's victory, Major Ashok Sharma (retired), then a senior major commanding independent battery in the infantry, speaks to indianexpress.com about the various uncertainties of what was an "unprepared war".

Tiger Hill Vir Chakra now directs traffic in a small Punjab town

July 27, 2019 8:25 am

Kargil Vijay Diwas: "May be I made a wrong decision. I did not get any weightage for my Vir Chakra. Sports persons winning medals are also given higher ranks... I killed a man who was awarded Pakistan’s highest gallantry award. Anyway, God is kind. He kept me alive," Satpal Singh said.

School near LoC eyes better future for its students

July 26, 2019 12:53 am

As the country commemorates the 20th anniversary of Kargil war, this school, which is in the line of sight of Pakistan Army posts on the nearby mountains, has started to eye a brighter future for its students.

20 years after Kargil: ‘Want to remember him as a responsible son, a soldier who did his job well’

July 25, 2019 7:02 am

On June 6, 1999, having made significant strides for two days, the 25-year-old Rajputana Rifles officer fell to a counter-attack. He had run out of ammunition. Hanif’s body could not be retrieved till the end of the war due to enemy firing.

20 years after Kargil War: How India readied nuclear weapons in IAF’s Mirage

July 21, 2019 12:30 pm

With no experience to fall back upon, it was in the heat of the conflict that India conjured up a ‘primitive’ air delivery system for nuclear weapons on Mirage-2000 fighter jets of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

J&K: Rajnath pays tribute to soldiers at Dras war memorial ahead of Operation Vijay anniversary

July 20, 2019 11:01 am

Rajnath's visit to the memorial comes days ahead of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Operation Vijay by Indian Army. He is also scheduled to inaugurate two bridges in Kathua and Basantar later in the day.

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Kargil Vijay Diwas: Here is how India came together to support its 1999 war heroes

July 26, 2019 8:10 am

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'.