Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Sports and Youth, Anurag Thakur, said on Saturday that the government is committed to “continually raising the morale of our army, increasing its numbers” , and informed that the Center will provide the army with cutting-edge equipment.
Thakur peaked from the Kargil War Memorial in Drass after paying homage to the martyrs who gave their lives to protect the country.
Speaking to ANI, Thakur said, âThe government is constantly working to increase the morale of our army, to increase its strength. No one can match the contributions of these soldiers who protect our country. Whether it is better facilities at the country’s borders, weapons, fighter planes, bulletproof vests, roads or bridges, everything is being done to arrange all this by the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On each Deepawali too, the Prime Minister is among the soldiers.
Anurag Thakur on Center plans to improve Indian Army facilities
Claiming that he too came from a military background, Thakur recalled the sacrifices of the martyrs who lost their lives in the Kargil conflict. He said he was from the âVeerbhoomi, the Devbhoomiâ of Himachal Pradesh and added that the soldiers of this state made the greatest sacrifices.
Speaking at the Kargil War Memorial, Thakur expressed his gratitude to the military for the construction of the memorial. Many tourists travel from Ladakh to Srinagar, he said. He went on to say that the memorial was created in honor of the soldiers who represented heroism and sacrificed their lives throughout the war. The Union minister said the memorial contained a wealth of information on “the lives and sacrifices of our heroes”.
“The army has kept the memories of these warriors, and the continuously blazing Amar Jawan Jyoti serves to keep the memories of these heroes alive while encouraging the youth,” Thakur said.
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Operation Vijay and the Kargil War
The Kargil War, also known as the Kargil Conflict, was an armed battle between India and Pakistan that took place in the Kargil region of Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere along the Line of Control (LoC) from May to July 1999. The battle is also known in India as Operation Vijay, after the Indian military operation which cleared the area of ââKargil.
During the war, the Indian Air Force worked alongside the Indian Army infantry to push back the Pakistani Army from Indian positions along the Line of Control. Operation Safed Sagar was the code name for the mission.
Between May 3 and July 26, 1999, 527 Indian army soldiers were martyred and more than 1,300 soldiers were injured after the Pakistani army infiltrated Indian territory and captured the Kargil peaks. The Pakistani army also suffered significant losses and was ultimately defeated.
Pakistan blamed the fighting entirely on independent Kashmiri insurgents at the start of the conflict, but documents found later and statements by the Pakistani Prime Minister and the Army Chief of Staff revealed the involvement of Pakistani paramilitary forces. . The Indian Army, with the assistance of the Indian Air Force, has reclaimed the majority of the locations on the Indian side of the Line of Control. Pakistani soldiers withdrew from the remaining Indian outposts along the LoC after facing global diplomatic pressure. On July 26, 1999, the Indian army reclaimed the entire area and this day is commemorated annually under the name of Kargil Vijay Diwas.
(With entries from ANI, Image: PTI)