Walk to the battle sites, call the 20 years of Kargil's victory

(This story originally appeared in on June 6, 2019) (This article was originally published by The Economic Times on 06/06/2019.)

The government will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the fight against Pakistan this year in Dras, Leh and Delhi with events such as expeditions to the battle sites, flames of victory and an outreach program to highlight the conflict that is being planned.

it is celebrated on July 26, the day the war of more than two months ended in 1999 after the Indian troops regained the positions that were invaded by the Pakistani soldiers, every year to honor the soldiers who gave their lives in the war.

This time, celebrations are planned to take place in a much more important way than in previous years, officials said.

This will be one of the most important events for Rajnath Singh as defense minister. In addition, Lieutenant General & K Joshi, commander of the 14th Corps that oversees the Kargil area, had fought in the war as the commanding officer of the 13 rifle unit in Jammu and Kashmir. Therefore, there is a renewed focus on the celebrations, officials said.

The army has made a tentative plan of the celebratory acts. While awaiting approval, officials said that this year's theme is to remember, rejoice and renew.

Remember is related to a media campaign planned on social networking platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. The army is already posting photos and information about the war on Twitter. Programs, documentaries and television series about acts of bravery during the war are also being planned, an official said.

Rejoicing is related to the beginning of celebrations. Several activities will be carried out in preparation for the main events. An important activity is the expeditions to the places where the battle was fought. This will include an expedition to Batra Top, where, known for using the advertising slogan Yeh dil maange more, he died during his capture. Another expedition to Tololing is planned.

A flame of victory for the National War Memorial is scheduled to go off on July 14 and is expected to reach July 26, authorities said. It is also planned that a Kargil anthem will be published and its video will be filmed in Kargil and its surroundings. A microsite of Kargil is being created, which will show valuable stories, photographs and videos of the war. The goal is to motivate young people.

Other activities are also planned, such as sports tournaments for local youth in Ladakh. A seminar held by a strategic think tank on the 20 years of the war will take place in July.

The main events will take place from July 25-27. One will be a commemoration ceremony in Delhi on July 27 in the morning, while another event will take place at the Indira Gandhi indoor stadium at night.

This is the renewal phase, symbolic of a promise not to allow another conflict like Kargil's, an official said.

On July 25, a commemorative ceremony involving interaction with the relatives of the war heroes and a description of how the conflict developed will occur in Dras. The crown placement ceremony will be held regularly at the Dras War Memorial the next day. A two-day army mela is planned, involving an exhibition of weapons, in Leh from July 22 to 23. A cricket tournament is also planned here.

It is expected that the main military and political dignitaries will attend all these events.