Kargil war was one of
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PALAMPUR: (Himachal Pradesh): As India plans to celebrate Kargil Vijay Diwas on July 26, GL Batra, father of late Captain Vikram Batra, on Sunday said that the Kargil War was one of the toughest wars in the world.

Speaking to ANI, GL Batra, the father of Captain Vikram Batra who laid down his life in 1999 while fighting Pakistan, appealed to the youth to serve the society and have the passion like the Param Vir Chakra awardee.

“The Central government has fulfilled all the commitments made during the (Kargil) war. The Kargil war was one of the toughest wars in the world. We should be aware of trouble-making neighbours and be ready to make sacrifices for the nation in the future,” he said.

Vikram Batra

“I have taught the biographies of Param Vir Chakra awardee soldiers in the secondary school courses so that our younger generation also gets inspiration. Also, I request the Centre to assist the family members/kins of the martyrs who carry out social work activities on a regular basis,” he said. 

He said that the way January 26 is important, in the same way, July 26 is also important because Indian forces had driven the enemy out of the border of our country and emerged victorious.

“One has to remain constantly vigilant as enemy nations always keep an eye on us. They will always try to bring us down, stop our progress. I appealed to the youth that we should be united, we should have the passion to serve society and the country as shown by Captain Vikram Batra. It is not necessary that patriotism is shown only by being martyred on the battlefield. Patriotism should be in our blood,” said the father of Vikram Batra.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged the countrymen to salute the brave hearts of Kargil on July 26, when the nation will mark Kargil Vijay Diwas.

The Indian armed forces had defeated Pakistan on July 26, 1999. Since then, the day is celebrated as ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’ to rekindle the pride and valour of the soldiers who took part in Operation Vijay.

Captain Vikram Batra was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest gallantry award for Kargil War.

Modi’s tribune

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged the countrymen to salute the brave hearts of Kargil on July 26, when the nation will mark Kargil Vijay Diwas. Hailing the Indian armed forces, the Prime Minister said that the Kargil war is a symbol of valour and discipline of our security forces which the entire world has witnessed. He said that India will celebrate this day as ‘Amrut Mahotsav’.

“Tomorrow is Kargil Vijay Diwas. Kargil war is a symbol of valour and discipline of our armed forces which the entire world has witnessed. I would like you to read the thrilling story of Kargil on Kargil Vijay Diwas. Let us all salute the brave hearts of Kargil,” said the Prime Minister on his 79th edition of the monthly radio programme ‘Mann ki Baat.

GL Batra father of Param Vir Chakra

“The day will be celebrated as Amrut Mahotsav. That’s why it becomes even more special,” he added.

The Prime Minister further appealed to all citizens to take part in the events being held across the nation as part of the Amrut Mahotsav, which is being celebrated to mark the 75th Independence Day of India on August 15, 2022.

Amrut Mahotsav, which is being celebrated as a ‘people’s movement’ by the Government of India, will be managed by a national implementation committee which will be headed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

The country will be celebrating the 22nd anniversary of the ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’.The Indian armed forces had defeated Pakistan on July 26, 1999. Since then, the day is celebrated as ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’ to rekindle the pride and valour of the soldiers who took part in Operation Vijay. (ANI)