Kargil Vijay Diwas: Narendra Modi hails Indian Army, Arun Jaitley pays tribute at Amar Jawan Jyoti

On the occasion of the 18th 'Kargil Vijay Diwas', Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday hailed the Indian armed forces for their prowess and sacrifices for the country while Defence Minister Arun Jaitley was at India Gate to pay tribute to the war heroes.

Honouring the armed forces in a series of tweets, the prime minister said, "Remembering our brave soldiers who fought gallantly for the pride of our nation & the security of our citizens during the Kargil War."

In Jammu and Kashmir's Dras town, wreath-laying ceremony was held on Wednesday morning to pay tribute to soldiers who lost lives in Kargil War.

Jaitley paid homage to the slain soldiers at India Gate in Delhi. The defence minister, along with Army chief General Bipin Rawat, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba and Air Force chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, laid a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti.

Meanwhile, Union minister Rajnath Singh took to Twitter to laud the Indian Army for its potential.

Every year, the Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated on 26 July to commemorate India’s victory against Pakistan in the Kargil War. In 1999, the Indian Army had taken control Himalayan posts in the Ladakh, after putting up a fight for 60 days. India lost 527 soldiers, while the Pakistani lost between 357 and 453 of their men, The Times of India reported, citing the official count.

The Indian Army has planned a range of events for Wednesday to pay homage to the gallant martyrs in all stations across the seven states under the area of responsibility of the its central command. The army will also honour participants of the war, 'veer naris', parents of martyrs, veterans and widows will.

In Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will pay homage to the martyrs at 'Smritika' War Memorial in presence of senior serving and retired military officers, junior commissioned officers and other ranks.

On the eve of Kargil Vijay Diwas,  reported The Indian Express, BJP president Amit Shah paid floral tributes to Kargil martyrs and felicitated war veterans at the party headquarters in New Delhi.


Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force on Wednesday paid tributes to martyrs to mark the Kargil Vijay Diwas.

Jaitley, along with Army chief General Bipin Rawat, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba and Air Force chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, laid a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at the India Gate.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Jul 26, 2017 11:09 AM

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