New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah were among a wide cross-section of politicians and elected representatives who observed the 21st anniversary of the victory in the Kargil War on Sunday.
The Kargil war was declared over on July 26, 1999, after Indian soldiers pushed back Pakistani troops, a bulk of them drawn from the neighbouring country’s Northern Light Infantry, from the captured peaks in Kargil. The country lost more than 500 soldiers in the Kargil war.
President Ram Nath Kovind said, “Kargil Vijay Diwas is symbol of fearless determination and exceptional valour of our armed forces. I salute the soldiers who fought the enemy and laid down their life to defend Bharat Mata. The nation is forever grateful to them and their families.”
In his monthly ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio address, the Prime Minister Modi said India’s brave soldiers had defeated the enemy and that their valour continues to inspire generations.
“I bow to the brave-hearts, who, with their indomitable courage, drove the enemy from the difficult hills of Kargil and waved the tricolour there again. The country is proud of the heroes of India who are dedicated to protecting the motherland,” home minister Amit Shah said in a tweet in Hindi.
“On the occasion of Kargil Vijay Diwas I bow to all warriors, who have sacrificed their life and have devoted their life for protection of our country,” Union Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik tweeted in Hindi.
Floral tributes were paid to fallen soldiers at war memorials across the country.