By Santanu Ghosh
Balurghat,26 July:Dakshin Dinajpur Journalists” Club commemorated the Kargil Vijay Diwas today for the victory of India over Pakistan in the Kargil war ,saluting the suprerme sacrifices and valour of the real heroes in recapturing the several mountain heights that were seized by intruders from Pakistan in Ladakh region of Kashmir.
The Kargil war that began in the first week of May, 1999 and came to an end on July 26 ,1999.
Commemorating the war Balurghat MP and BJP’s state president Sukanta Majumdar said,” History says that we were ditched time and again by our neighbours. But our military gave them a befitting reply when the Kargil war happened. We lost our 500 brave sons at that time. We salute those martyrs on this day”.
Bipulkanti Ghosh, member of the chairman in council of Balurghat municipality said, “ our generation did not see the wars fought in 1962,65 or 1971. But we know about the Kargil war. I think this is no less that those battles. If India had not won the Kargil war ,history would run to a different dimension. Therefore Kargil Vijay Diwas should be observed at every nook and corner of our country with dignity. I appreciate the Journalists’ club for their initiative to commemorate this day here in Balurghat”.
The Kargil war that began in May , 1999 in the Kargil district of Jammu and Kashmir and other flashpoints along the Line of Control after Pakistani troops infiltrated India came to an end on July 26,1999.On this day in 1999, with Indian soldiers successfully recapturing mountain heights that had been seized by Pakistani intruders. Months before the war, the intruders had crossed into Indian territory across the LoC and occupied important mountain peaks overlooking the NH 1A in Kargil’s Drass and Batalik Sectors of Ladakh region with a nefarious aim of dominating all military and civil movement on the Indian soil. Under tremendous hardship the soldiers had launched a valiant attack on the well-fortified Pakstani intruder to recapture the points namely ‘Operation Vijay’. The Indian Army declared a victory after nearly three-month-long battles on the icy heights of Kargil.
Members of the Dakshin Dinajpur Journalists’ Club led by Anup Sanyal , secretary and veteran journalist Sankar Das also paid tribute to the brave sons of our motherland.