Er P L KhushuIndia celebrates its memorable victory of Kargil war every year on 26th July, when Indian forces defeated Pakistani army in fierce battle of Kargil in 1999. Kargil Vijay Diwas is observed in honour of war heroes. India celebrates Kargil Vijay Diwas on July 26 every year to mark anniversary of the Indian Army’s victory against Pakistan on this day in 1999, after more than 60 days of armed conflict on the highlands of Kargil in Ladakh. In what was perhaps the most recent example of high-altitude warfare in mountainous terrain, the Indian Army ousted the neighboring nation’s military forces and took back control of the high outposts in the region. Kargil Vijay Diwas is observed in honour of Kargil’s war heroes, the lives that were lost as a result of the war; soldiers who died in the line of duty serving their motherland. On this day every year, the Prime Minister pays tributes to the armed forces at the ‘eternal flame’, Amar Jawan Jyoti, at India Gate in Delhi. Celebrations are also conducted in Kargil sector and elsewhere across the country to commemorate the contributions of Indian Army.This time too, entire nation including the Prime Minister and the President of India, apart from the Defence Minister and other leaders, irrespective of their political affiliations, paid rich tributes to the martyrs of our armed forces on the occasion, for their martyrdom, while defending the sovereignty of the country. Both the houses of Parliament applauded the brave services of our armed forces on this occasion, as also paid obeisance and rich tributes to the martyrs of this war. Ironically and indignantly the only exception on the occasion is the statement of President of a regional political party of Kashmir and a member of Indian Parliament. He was equally supposed to honour and glorify role of Indian Army for defeating Pakistan in this war besides paying tributes to soldiers of army who laid their lives in this war. At least in his capacity as the member of Indian Parliamentm he should have put a word of gratitude to the Indian army on this occasion. As usual he chose the other way to appease and act as an advocate for the enemy country Pakistan and again suggested that India should talk to Pakistan. He did it just on the ‘Kagil Vijay Divas itself, a day of pride for the whole nation. Probably he has not digested India’s victory over Pakistan in this war. His statement suggesting talking to Pakistan for seeking peace on this day is a direct disrespect and insult to the Indian army as also an act of rebuke and contempt to the war heroes and the martyrs of this event. It amounts to the rubbing of salt on the wounds of the kiths and kins of martyrs of Kargil war. Before carrying it further, it is necessary to know as to what happened 22 years ago and how Indian forces crushed Pakistan in high-altitude warfare? The armed conflict between India and Pakistan in Kargil and elsewhere along the Line of Control (LoC) took place just months after the then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif signed the Lahore Declaration in February 1999. The February conference was aimed at deescalating the tensions that had existed since May 1998 over the Kashmir issue, but the issue further flared up after the Kargil war. Pakistan stabbed India in the back after signing the Lahore Declaration, by trying to capture Indian posts, a cowardice act of its army, when Pakistani troops were detected on top of the Kargil ridges. The 60-day-long Kargil War, from May 3 to July 26, 1999, took place after Pakistani troops were detected on top of the Kargil ridges. Pakistan had started planning the attack in 1998 itself. It is also believed that the proposal for such an attack was given by previous Pakistan Army chiefs to Pakistani leaders but the proposals had then been shelved fearing an all-out war. Even the then Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif claimed that he had no knowledge of such an attack till he got a call from his Indian counterpart Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Pakistan is ruled by its army and not through any democracy, even if so called democratic governments may be in place there. Defeating the Pakistani forces in the war, the Indian Army finally hosted the national flag at Kargil on July 26, 1999. It is estimated that as many as 527 Indian soldiers died in the war, while more than 1,300 were injured. They are the martyrs of this war for Indians, while defending the Indian territory. Pakistan Army lost the gamble and paid a heavy price and suffered heavy casualties. Nawaz Sharif had later admitted over 4,000 casualties of Pakistani soldiers, as against Indian losses totaling to 527 and 1,363 wounded. Soldiers do not die in the battlefield but attain martyrdom and become immortal. They die the day nation forgets them. Our nation will not allow them to die by forgetting them and their martyrdom. Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated on July 26 every year to commemorate the supreme sacrifices made by the Indian soldiers during the 1999 Kargil War with Pakistan. It was 22 years ago on this day, when the brave hearts of the Indian Army, aided by the Indian Air Force, gave a crushing defeat to Pakistan in Kargil. The Kargil War is also an unforgettable saga of the Indian Army’s indomitable bravery and an exemplary courage and its expertise in high-altitude warfare against Pakistan. Like every year this year as well, the entire nation paid rich tributes to the war heroes and martyrs of our armed forces on the 26th July, who gave a befitting reply to the Pakistani army and made them to flee back to their positions in the territory of Pakistan, inflicting heavy causalities upon them. It was a crushing defeat for Pakistan and a gallant victory for India, which our nation is proudly celebrating as Kargil Vijay Divas, while paying high tributes to our soldiers who became martyrs in this war while defending their nation on this day. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the Kargil war is a symbol of bravery and patience on part of India’s Armed Forces which the whole world has watched and called upon the people to bow to the brave hearts of Kargil. He made these remarks while addressing 79th Edition of monthly “Mann Ki Baat” on All India Radio (AIR). The President of India was scheduled to pay homage to the martyrs on 22nd Kargil Vijay Diwas celebrations in Drass but due to bad weather, his flight couldn’t take off. Then, he paid tributes to the fallen soldiers at the Chinar Corps in Srinagar. Due to the cancellation of the President’s visit, Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh Radha Krishna Mathur, Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) Gen Bipin Rawat, Northern Command chief Lt Gen YK Joshi and three Corps Commanders of Leh, Srinagar and Nagrota, Lt Gens PGK Menon, DP Pandey and MV Suchindra, Ladakh Lok Sabha member Jamyang Tsering Namgayal and Kargil and Leh Hill Council chiefs Feroz Khan and Tashi Gyaltson among other dignitaries paid homage at Kargil War Memorial on the occasion of 22nd Kargil Vijay Diwas celebrations. The President of India paid tributes to the martyrs at Dagger War Memorial in Baramulla, Kashmir and laid a wreath at this war memorial to pay tributes to all the solidiers who sacrificed their lives in defending the nation. The President said it evoked profound respect for the brave fighters who laid down their lives for safety and security of the country. In a message in the Visitor’s Book at the Dagger War Memorial, the President wrote: “The nation salutes the soldiers and officers of the 19th Infantry Division, who have been safeguarding our borders in the most hostile terrains under adverse weather conditions as our frontline troops.” They have scripted exceptional stories of indomitable courage, bravery and sacrifice, he said in his message. The President, who was accompanied by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, also visited the High Altitude Warfare School at Gulmarg and interacted with troops there. On Kargil Vijay Diwas, M Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India said, “I join nation in remembering our armed forces’ saga of valour & gallantry. I salute the heroes of the Kargil war & Operation Vijay and pay my respectful homage to the martyrs for their supreme sacrifice.” But what did the president of a prominent regional political party of Kashmir who is also a member of Indian Parliament, said on that day in Kashmir, is unfortunate and disgusting. He is supposed to have called for a sustained and result oriented Indo-Pak dialogue process for durable peace in the region. He is supposed to have said that both the countries cannot win a war against each other. His utterances have no new exceptions as usual. But this time the occasion chosen by him when the entire country was celebrating a day of Victory in war against Pakistan, speaks about his probable intolerance to digest India’s victory against Pakistan in Kargil war. Such intolerance for not digesting India’s victory in Kargil requires the use of digestive enzymes, the doses of which can be given by the government of the day only. The freedom of speech in this country is abundantly available to every citizen equally, but it has to be used within reasonable limits, without contempt for the nation or for its armed forces and its national martyrs. The government of the day should enact proper laws for such imbalanced statements which provoke a national contempt. Such utterances from a political leader who has remained as a Chief Minister of the state for three terms, a union cabinet minister and presently continuing to be a member parliament should contain himself within the parameters of his stature, which envisages that he should have cognizant honor and dignity for his motherland which is India, rather behaving as an advocate of Pakistan and that too on Indian soil to plead its case with India. ‘More loyal than the King’. ‘The king is dead, long live the king’. There can be no talks with Pakistan the ‘Aggressor’. A vertical question needs to be asked from such a political leader of Kashmir, under the circumstances, as to what is to be talked about for restoration of peace in Kashmir as per his statements. Pakistan has tried its best to agitate and aggravate the Kashmir issue both diplomatically, militarily and then through proxy war of using terror outfits in Kashmir, which has devastated Kashmir and its economy. Terrorist’s attacks sponsored by Pakistan and ISI, in Jammu & Kashmir, particularly in Kashmir, are going on without break, having killed thousands of innocent people of Kashmir, the security forces and the local police personals. Terrorism and terror has ruined Jammu & Kashmir and its people, particularly from the valley. Apart from that this Kashmir situation created and abetted by Pakistan has resulted in major debacles to the development of Jammu and Kashmir, apart from brain washing the misguided youth of Kashmir to take to guns to fight the Indian forces in Kashmir. It has taken a heavy toll of the youth of Kashmir, along with the devastation of so many families. Has it ever been conveyed by such leaders to Pakistan in a bigger voice to stop all devastations in Kashmir, before one is forced to construe that such persons are privy to such happenings by their such utterances. Such a leader recommending talks with Pakistan needs to be reminded of the fact that more than six lakh Kashmiri Pandit families were reduced to devastation and thousand killed, their house looted and burnt, when they were made to flee from Kashmir resulting in their mass exodus from Kashmir due to pan Islamic terrorism fanned and abetted by Pakistan in Kashmir. Do such leaders have any sense of realization about this disaster of their fellow brothers the Kashmiri Pandits. These political leaders should understand that while living in ivory towers of Gupkar, they should stop giving such sermons of talking to Pakistan which is nothing but rubbing salt on the bleeding wounds of the displaced Kashmiri Pandits. Let them stop it somewhere. They are supposed to be royals of royalty by birth, let such leaders learn to be loyals of loyalty, which means India first. They had their inning, let them take rest now in the golden nests of Gupkar, the ‘Acquired Gifts of Time’. The significant issue which India has with Pakistan is that it should handover the PoK to India immediately without bragging much, when the political leaders arguing for talking to Pakistan should in a plan language convey to Pakistan that handover PoK to India. That it is the only solution. Let nobody remain in any dilemma.(The author is a Chartered Consultant Civil Engineer, passionately attached to his Motherland-Jammu & Kashmir).
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