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Jammu: To commemorate the 22nd Kargil Vijay Diwas, the Indian Army undertook two mega bike rallies traversing more than 1,000 km in treacherous mountains of the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh, converging at the historic Kargil War Memorial in Drass to pay homage to the martyrs. Leading one of the contingents was the Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General Y K Joshi, who is also a Kargil war hero.“How is the josh?” Lt General Joshi asked in a team huddle just before the bikers crossed the dangerous Zojila pass, which is at 1,1649 feet, and received a prompt reply of “High Sir”. On the eve of Kargil Vijay Diwas, the Army, which has been sharing pictures and videos of the unique rally that is being held as a tribute to the Kargil bravehearts, posted online a video of the interaction. “When Army Commander leads from the front, the Josh has to be Sky high! ” it said on Twitter. “Now we will have the easiest portion … As we climb up Zojila on way to Ladakh, (you should) take care and be careful. Go slow”, Lt Gen Joshi says in the video.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 day is observed as ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’ to commemorate India’s victory. The Army Commander was also joined by Lieutenant General P G K Menon, Lieutenant General D P Pande and Lieutenant General M V Suchindra Kumar — the three Corps Commanders of 14, 15 and 16 Corps respectively. Two major generals, four brigadiers, 62 two officers, six women, four wards, three civilians, one JCO and 15 other ranks participated in the rally. The rally is sponsored by Jawa Classics motorcycle company in honour of 22nd Kargil Vijay Diwas and 75 years of India’s independence.
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