Kargil Vijay Diwas 2023: Commemorating 24 Years of Glorious Victory

In India, Kargil Vijay Diwas 2023 is being celebrated on 26 July to mark the victory of India over Pakistan in the famous Kargil war. The day honors the Kargil war heroes and the sacrifices made by them.

In the Kargil war that took place from May 1999 to July 1999, the Indian army declared India’s victory on July 26, 1999 and henceforth the day came to be celebrated as Kargil Vijay Diwas.

Kargil Vijay Diwas 2023 Date

You may note the date of upcoming Kargil Vijay Diwas in 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026, and 2027:

Kargil Vijay Diwas 2023July 26, 2023Wednesday
Kargil Vijay Diwas 2024July 26, 2024Friday
Kargil Vijay Diwas 2025July 26, 2025Saturday
Kargil Vijay Diwas 2026July 26, 2026Sunday
Kargil Vijay Diwas 2027July 26, 2027Monday

Kargil Vijay Diwas 2023 Overview

EventKargil Vijay Diwas 2023
DateJuly 26, 2023
Years of observation24
CelebrationHomage paid by Indian Prime Minister at Amar Jawan Jyoti at the India Gate


Functions organized all around the country to remember the fallen heroes

History of Kargil Vijay Diwas

In the 1990s, tension started brewing more intensely between India and Pakistan due to separatists activities carried out in Kashmir. To control the situation, both countries entered into Lahore Declaration in February 1999, but secretly Pakistan was training and sending troops into Indian side of LOC. They named the infiltration Operation Badri and the aim was to break the Kashmir-Ladakh link and force India into negotiating a settlement to the Kashmir dispute. Pakistan had also believed that by brewing tension in the region it would be able to internationalize the Kashmir issue, and will lead securing a prompt resolution.

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Earlier assumed to be infiltration by jihadis, Indian army soon realized that the attack by planned and launched by the Pakistani army. Indian Government retaliated with Operation Vijay and mobilized around two lakh Indian army troops to evict the Pakistani army. Finally on July 26 1999, Pakistani army was forced out from the occupied positions. The war came to an end and the day was declared as Kargil Vijay Diwas. However, India lost 527 of its brave soldiers in the war.

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Kargil Vijay Diwas 2023 Celebration

The victory of Kargil war is celebrated as Kargil Vijay Diwas every year on 26 July to remember the fallen heroes and the sacrifice made by the soldiers to achieve India’s victory. It is celebrated all over the country with great enthusiasm by everyone, everywhere, in schools, offices, homes, etc. In the capital of the country New Delhi, the Prime Minister pays homage at Amar Jawan Jyoti at the India Gate.

President, vice-president and other honorable ministers of India also offer tribute to the war heroes. Lamps are lit in the honor of soldiers who gave their life in their attempt to victory and tribute is offered at the Kargil War Memorial in Ladakh. Not just the armed forces but the people of the country also give their salutation to the brave soldiers of Indian army.

Facts related to Kargil Vijay Diwas

Have a look at some interesting lesser-known facts related to Kargil Vijay Diwas and its history.

The year 2023 will mark 24 years of the Kargil war that took place between May to July in the year 1999.

It is believed that the conflict that led to the war was plotted by General Pervez Musharraf, the then Pakistan army chief without any knowledge of Nawaz Sharif, the then Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Initially, the strategic advantage during the starting of the conflict was with the Pakistani infiltrators as they were able to position themselves in key locations.

The Indian army was able to locate all the infiltrated positions and points of incursion with the help of local shepherds.

Two lakh fifty thousand shells, bombs, and rockets; five thousand artillery shells and mortar bombs were fired on a daily basis while the war was going on. Nine thousand shells were fired to regain the Tiger Hill alone.


How many soldiers lost their life during the Kargil war?

In the war, 527 Indian soldiers died while on the Pakistan side, the death toll was between 357 and 453.

What led to the Kargil war? Was there any specific reason?

Although there was always a bit of tension between the two countries- India and Pakistan, the cause of the war was the infiltration of Pakistani troops on the Indian side of the LoC, under the disguise of Kashmiri militants.

When did the official Kargil war started?

The official war was started by Pakistan on 3rd May 1999 when its army infiltrated and captured the rocky mountains of Kargil with its 5000 soldiers.

Is there any movie based on Kargil war?

Yes, in fact there are 7 popular Indian movies that are based on the Kargil war. These are- Shershaah, LOC: Kargil, Lakshya, Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, Dhoop, Mausam and Tango Charlie.

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