India on Tuesday celebrated the 17th Kargil Vijay Diwas to commemorate the victory of Indian forces over Pakistani troops in the Kargil War. The battle that was triggered due to illegal occupation of Pakistani soldiers on the Indian side of the Line of Control in Kargil sector between India and Pakistan during May-July, 1999, officially came to an end on July 26.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to the martyred soldiers and remembered their heroic sacrifices. Here is what he tweeted:
On Kargil Vijay Diwas I bow to every valiant soldier who fought for India till the very last breath. Their heroic sacrifices inspire us.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 26, 2016
India will never forget the fearlessness with which our courageous soldiers gave a befitting & unforgettable reply to the intruders.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 26, 2016
We recall with pride, the firmness demonstrated by India’s political leadership in 1999, which ensured a decisive victory in Kargil.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 26, 2016
In order to maintain an official history about the war, the Ministry of Defence had last year assigned a two-year project to historian Srinath Raghavan. However, the Directorate General of Military Operations refused to share any operational detail with the history division of the ministry.
“It is important to write the history of the Kargil War but every operational detail cannot be shared. So many of our current deployments in the area are based on what happened in 1999, and the DGMO can’t possibly share them. Also, the tactics we used, our launch pads for operations, we can’t let that information out even now,” Lt General (retd) Vinod Bhatia, former DGMO, told The Indian Express.
In December last year, Lieutenant General Mohinder Puri, who headed the 8 Mountain Division during the war came out with a book titled 'Kargil: Turning the Tide', which was a first-hand narrative of the task to evict the enemy from the Drass-Mushkoh Sector during 'Operation Vijay', reports The Times of India.
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(With inputs from PTI)