Vijay Divas: Tribute to Kargil War Heroes

Victory in Kargil is certainly a defining moment in the history of Independent India. It was the outcome of supreme sacrifice by the soldiers of this country, displaying valor with dignity. Kargil was not an easy win. The terrain was tough and the enemy was perched comfortably on high mountain peaks. The task was to regain the occupied peaks. The Kargil victory was a tarvel for the Indian Armed forces as they conducted the war without violating any international norms.

In memory of Vijay Divas,26th July, Let us bow our heads to the great heroes of India who laid down their lives so that we are safe today. FOR THEIR SAKES AND OURS LET US PLEDGE TO GIVE INDIA OUR VERY BEST. EACH TIME AND EVERY TIME.

Lt Saurabh Kalia

Lt Saurabh Kalia was the first martyr in Kargil War. On May 15, 1999, after a continuous cross fire with Pakistan armed forces from across the LoC, he and his troops ran out of ammunition. It is also believed that their signal instrument was out of order, or not working in those conditions. They were finally encircled by a platoon of Pakistan rangers and captured alive before any Indian reinforcement could reach for their help. No trace of this entire patrol was left and Skardu Radio of Pakistan reported that Lt. Saurabh Kalia and five of his men were captured alive.

They were in their captivity for over twenty-two (May 15, 1999 – June 7, 1999) days and subjected to unprecedented brutal torture as evident from their bodies handed over by Pakistan Army on June 9, 1999. The postmortem revealed that the Pakistan army had indulged in the most heinous acts; of burning their bodies with cigarettes, piercing ear-drums with hot rods, puncturing eyes before removing them, breaking most of the teeth and bones, chopping off various limbs and private organs of these soldiers besides inflicting all sorts of physical and mental tortures before shooting them dead, as evidenced by the bullet wound to the temple.

Yogender Yadav Grenadier Yogendra Singh Yadav, an Indian Army soldier instrumental in capturing the strategic Tiger Hill during the Kargil War. He was awarded the Param Vir Chakra – the country’s highest gallantry award.

Rifleman Sanjay Kumar Killing five enemy personnel, lifting a machine gun while hit by a bullet in thigh muscle, lobbying a grenade and clearing a important army post. It is not a narration of any popular bollywood film but a real life scene enacted by Rifleman Sanjay Kumar of the 13 JAK Rif in “Operation Vijay” while capturing army post in the Mushkoh Valley. He was awarded Param Vir Chakara and only one of handfull of personnel to be conferred this highest military award. Little did the PVC awardee know that his act would bring this laurel, for him it was a part of the duty which was executed with perfection.

Cap Vikram BatraI’ll either come back after raising the Indian flag in victory or return wrapped in it.
– Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra, PVC
Captain Vikram Batra fought with exceptional bravery and magnitude, which is rarely seen. He has set an example before the youth of our nation, which shall inspire generations to come. In recognition of his gallant act, Point 4875 has now been renamed as Captain Vikram Batra Top and has received all credit to capturing this vital peak by his Commanding Officer, Colonel Y.K. Joshi, 13 JAK Rifles. For his sustained display of the most conspicuous personal bravery and junior leadership of the highest order in the face of the enemy, Captain Vikram Batra was awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest medal for gallantry, posthumously.

Cap Manoj PandeyLieutenant Manoj Kumar Pandey, 1/11 Gorkha Rifles, forced back the intruders from the Batalik sector on 11 June 1999. He led his men to recapture the Jubar Top, a feature of great operational importance. But his finest hour was in the capture of Khalubar in the early morning hours of 3 July 1999. On the night of 2/3 July 1999 the battalion’s progress on to its final objective, was halted by a determined enemy firmly entrenched on commanding heights. Clearing it was critical as the battalion faced the prospect of being day lighted in a vulnerable area. Lieutenant Pandey stepped forward to take on the mission. Quickly sizing up the situation, the young officer led his platoon along a narrow, treacherous ridge that led to the enemy position. While still short of the objective, the enemy fired upon the Indian soldiers effectively stalling the Indian attack. Displaying great courage, he surged ahead of his troops and charged at the enemy with a full throated battle cry through a hail of bullets.

Lt Anuj NayyarOn 06 July 1999, Charlie Company was tasked to capture an objective which was part of the Pimple Complex on the western slopes of Point 4875, at a height of 16,250 feet. At the beginning of the attack, the Company Commander got injured and the command of the company fell on Captain Anuj Nayyar, 17 Jat. Captain Nayyar continued to command his leading platoon into the attack under heavy enemy artillery and mortar fire. As the platoon advanced, the leading section reported location of 3 to 4 enemy bunkers. Captain Nayyar moved forward towards the first bunker and fired the rocket launcher and lobbed grenades into it. Thereafter, the section along with Captain Nayyar physically assaulted and cleared the bunker. The enemy, which was well entrenched, brought heavy volume of automatic fire. Captain Nayyar, unmindful of his personal safety, motivated his men and cleared two more bunkers. While clearing the fourth bunker, an enemy RPG shell killed him on the spot. In this action, Captain Nayyar killed nine enemy soldiers and destroyed three medium machine gun bunkers of the enemy. The success of this operation, after a brief setback, was largely due to the outstanding personal bravery and exemplary junior leadership of Captain Nayyar. He displayed indomitable resolve, grit and determination and motivated his command by personal example, acting beyond the call of duty. For conspicuous gallantry and supreme sacrifice, Captain Anuj Nayyar was honoured with the Maha Vir Chakra, posthumously.

Lt Vijayant ThaparThe death of Maj. Vivek Gupta, Saurav Kalia and the recovery of Maj Adhikari body had a deep impact on Robin. The killings , the hand to hand fighting in which heads rolled was tough on a young man just 22 years.

Vijayant moved under the command of his CO Col. M.B. Ravindernath, VrC and his company commander Major P. Acharya. The battalion was then given the task of capturing Tololing. This was a God sent opportunity for Vijayant as he was an officer always looking for action. After the initial assault by Major Mohit Saxena was held up, on the night of 12th June’99 Capt. Vijayant Thapar led his platoon to capture Barbad Bunker.

After the successful capture of Tololing he was given the task of capturing Three Pimples, Knoll and Lone Hill area. The attack started with Vijyant’s platoon leading on a full moon night along a razor sharp ridge wih no cover to offer. There was intense and accurate artillery shelling and heavy enemy fire. He lost some of his dear men and some more were injured causing the attack to be disrupted. However with his indominable spirit and tremendous urge to capture Knoll he got together, the remenants of his men and moved through a ravine to face the enemy. It was a full moon night . Moreover this was an impossible position to capture. The troops of 6 Northern Light Infantry had all the advantages. Strongly prepared positions one narrow knife edge ridge, with precipitous slopes on both side, ravines thousands of feet deep, devoid of cover and almost vertical climbs at places.

While the exchange of fire was going on, full of excitement Vijayant reached his company which had already secured a foothold on Knoll. By this time his company commander Major P. Achrya had been killed. At this news Vijayant’s anger was explosive. He surged ahead with his colleague Naik Tilak Singh. Both of them started engaging the enemy merely 15 mts. away. There were two enemy machine guns firing towards them. After about an hour and a half of fierceful exchange of bullets and abuses Vijayant decided that he had to end the enemy. As he moved up to do so a burst of fire struck him on his head. He fell in the arms of his comrade Naik Tilak Singh. A brave son of India had fallen. It was after that the men of his company charged and fully captured Knoll. The victory at Knoll on 29 June 1999, is a saga of bravery unmatched, and unbounded grit and determination. Courage alone and unflinching faith in almighty God alone turned a tactically impossible situation into a victory

For this act of bravery and his ultimate sacrifice, Capt. Vijayant Thapar was awarded the Vir Chakra.

Lieutenant Keishing Clifford NangrumOn the night of 30 June/01 July 1999, in the operations to capture Point 4812, Lieutenant Keishing Clifford Nongrum was tasked to assault the feature from South-Eastern direction. Lieutenant Nongrum led his column over the near impossible vertical feature. On reaching the top, his column encountered strong enemy opposition. The enemy was well entrenched in interconnected bunkers, carved out of boulders, and remained invulnerable to even artillery fire. The enemy pinned the column of Lieutenant Nongrum down with heavy and accurate automatic fire for about two hours. On seeing the futility of own fire against the fortified bunkers, Lieutenant Nongrum with utter disregard to personal safety charged through the fire zone. Closing in with the first bunker he threw grenades into it and killed six enemy soldiers. He then tried to snatch the universal machine gun of the enemy from the bunker and received a volley of bullets. The audacious action of Lieutenant Nongrum stunned the enemy giving valuable reaction time to his troops to close in and finally clear the position. Though severely wounded, Lieutenant Nongrum refused to be evacuated and fought valiantly till he succumbed to his injuries. This act resulted in the ultimate capture of Point 4812. For conspicuous gallantry and supreme sacrifice, Lieutenant Keishing Clifford Nongrum was honoured with the Maha Vir Chakra, posthumously.

Major Sonam WangchukOn one of the world’s most brutal battlefields, his colleagues and officers say, Wangchuk has captured a vital mountain ridge in the Chorbat La sub-sector near Batalik, giving the army a foothold that it desperately needed. They’ve gone over the mountain tops and now directly face the Pakistani side of the loc. “Thanks to his heroic action, we are sitting bang on the LoC in Chorbat La,” says a Ladakh Scouts officer. On May 26, when Wangchuk got his orders, he promised his son he would return for his birthday on June 11. Given his battle experience in the Siachen glacier, Wangchuk was the obvious choice for the assault. Two days later he was asked to capture an 18,000-ft high ridge just inside the Indian side of the loc. Glacial and rocky, with days warming to minus 6 degrees Celsius, the mountain with its 80 degree gradient was a test even for skilled mountaineers. Information filtering in over wireless dispatches from the LoC describe how while leading a platoon (36 men) and supported by artillery fire from the rear positions, Wangchuk was negotiating an ice wall in the dead of night on May 31 when he heard sounds of picks and hammers on the other side of the ridge facing Pakistan. He quickly flashed a wireless message to the rear. Wangchuk and his men made it to the ridge top in three hours under heavy fire by Pakistani troops from the flanks. The mountains rang with the Ladakh Scouts’ war cry, “Ki Ki So So Lhargyalo” (The gods will triumph), as the superbly fit Wangchuk — he was a top athlete at Delhi’s Modern School — led his men towards the brutal enemy-held cliffs. From there they spotted a group of intruders trying to scale the ridge from the Pakistan side. Wangchuk told his men to hold on till the enemy came within firing range. Four intruders were killed in the gun-battle. Wangchuk and his column had foiled a major infiltration attempt. The soldiers then retrieved the bodies of the intruders who turned out to be Pakistani Army regulars.

A grateful Nation remembers all the Kargil Heroes and pay their homage to those brave men. Jai Hind. Jai Bharat. Indian Armed Forces Rock.

Homage

90 thoughts on “Vijay Divas: Tribute to Kargil War Heroes”

  1. Watch out for the post tomorrow. It is about that a soldier is facing today. It is about realizing the importance of Armed Forces. So it is my humble respect to you all please link that post to your blog as well.
    Its high time that a common man for whom soldiers dies come forward and support in their protest.

  2. jai jawan…vantae matram…,,the memories of our soldeirs in the kargil war always remains heroic ,,…they are the real heroes..

  3. Our brave soldiers have forever fought for our country. The Kargil war, the recent attacts on Mumbai will never detter us. It is these coward Pakis who have no humanity or sense. I salute the martyrs bweacause of whom we sleep peacefully. Jai Hind!! Vande Matram!!Let us not let our soldoers efforts go unnoticed. We stand united today because of your bravery, courage and sacrifise. I am proud to be an Indian because of bravehearts like them…

  4. Does anyone knows what was tasks performed by the parachute regiment of India in Kargil war. There is very little information available on internet (available in Bharatrakshak.com & wikipedia.com). If anyone can tell the details that would be so great. Thank you.

  5. i really remember them,all though they ar not present physicaly with ous but they are immortal,my heartiest respect to them.

  6. I just cried reading the information given….. but i am proud to be an Indian…. wanna try to do SOMETHING for our country…. Jai Hind.

  7. GREAT WORK RISHABH !

    I have gone through almost all your articles. I must say your efforts are really worth appreciation. Reading through every word in your articles is like being present and witnessing everything in person.

    Rishabh Im not very sure but I have been working real hard on a few things for bringing awareness into the heart, mind and soul of our citizens. Its a small effort that Im putting in fighting against Injustice. Im no professional in this but yes I truly believe that my this small effort will some day help atleast a handful of people to find the real citizens in them. I have a few plans im working on with my team.Would you too like to join in? Oh! my team consists of …My Goal, My Strength, My Will Power, My Effort and My Belief (hum honge kamiyab ek din!).

    Keep up the good work Rishabh.
    And thank you for all your hard work.
    We are on the same page buddy.

  8. indian soldier gave the icy mountains ,nailbiting cold and the enemy a strong awnser and let the world know that what ever the condition may be indian army will always acoomplish the taskby bleeding itself and giving the motherland its dues

  9. WE SALUTE OUR HEROES.THEY GAVE UP THEIR LIVES SO THAT WE COUD LIVE . THEY ARE OUR REAL HEROES . HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY OF KARGIL.
    JAI HIND.

  10. AAJ HUM SHAN SE KHADE HAI YE SAB UNKE VAJHE SE
    JO JAWAN HMARE DESH KE LIYE SAHID HO GAYE,SAHID
    HO GAYE PAR APNI DHARTI PAR KABJA NAHI HONE DIYA.
    EN JAWANO KO MERA SALAM…

    DUDH MANGE GE TO KHIR DENGE,
    KASHMIR MANGE GE TO CHIR DENGE….

    BHART MATA KI JAY……

  11. i am 13 and i also want to join the indian army so i feel inspired & proud when i read about our real heros . by the that was a well compiled article . good work.

  12. These men are the real heroes.country should be proud of them and every indian should respect their sacrifice and also their families which they leave behind.JAI HIND

  13. mere pas word nahi hai jo main inki bahaduri ka bakhan karu …………………jai hind
    aap hamesha hi sitarye bankar chamkogye….jai hind.

  14. my slute 2 Lt kalliya……..& to my all brave soldier brothers who sacrifice there life for our nation…..I will not forget u upto my last breath ….JAI HIND….

  15. I salute all the men who fought for us.
    I don’t know how to thank these Heroes, all because of you we are safe.
    Jai Hind!

  16. Salute to these brave heroes. They didn’t care of their lives & their family too. Just serve the Mother land… I’ll worship them till my last breath. Nothing can match their sacrifice for India… our mother…I urge to all Indians never forget their sacrifice.. they died while saving us…selflessly…

  17. i am proud to be an indian. thanks to all of them who gave their lives to make our future secure. they are the true spirits of india. i salute to them and i promise to serve my country atmost until my breath is with me.
    JAI HIND

  18. AWESOME WORK RISHABH
    THIS IS A TRIBUTE TO THOSE SOLDIERS BECAUSE OF
    WHOM WE ARE BREATHING FREELY IN INDIA. THIS IS AN INSPIRATION TO OUR YOUNGISTAN TO INDULGE IN PATRIOTISM AND WE WILL NOT LET THIER BRAVERY MIX WITH SOIL. JAI HIND!!!!!!!!

  19. THESE MEN ARE REAL HEROES OF OUR COUNTRY.I SALUTE TO THESE HEROES BECAUSE WHEN THEY AT WAR WE WERE SLEEPING PEACEFULLY. THESE PAKISTANIS DOES NOT HAVE ANY HUMANITY AND SENSE. ARE INDIAN BRAVE HEROES DID NOT THINK OF THEIR LIFE AND FAMILY. I AM PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN. JAI HIND JAI BHARAT

  20. a grand salute to all jawan and officers who gave their life to protect their country. they are the real heroes of our country.those who laid down their life may god bless their family jai hind jai bharat ke veer putar

  21. Dear Brothers,
    It is the Brave Officers like you of our Armed Forces who is protecting us & our beloved Country.. And who are still fighting the terrorists without thinking about their lives & family, just for us.. We salute the Armed Forces & Brave Officers who laid down their lives in protecting us & our country…. Dear Brothers, I Salute You on behalf of my all friends & family… I’m really feeling so proud to have a loving brother like you in this disciplined life! Our country sleep with peace during the night only because of you Brave Officers who guard us without sleep.. You are always there in our thoughts & prayers. Our prayers are your protection..Yes, now all I want to see is that YOU are REMEMBERED FOREVER……
    Dear Brothers, I Salute YOU on behalf of my all friends, family & Orkut/Facebook friends……..

  22. I Appreciate & Respect your Ultimate Sacrifice For Our Country……..You Brave Brothers Will Not Be Forgotten!…Jai Hind!

  23. just want to salute all the soldiers who gave their life for our safety …………………
    i am proud to be an indian. thanks to all of them who gave their lives to make our future secure. they are the true spirits of india……

    jai hind
    proud to be an indian

  24. these men are really great. they are true sprit of india.dear brothers my grand salute to u.when i read this post i felt tear in my eyes.u will be never forgotten.but i really miss u.

  25. these heros made us proud, i alwaws want to say 1 word to my brave soldiers brother ,,,,,,,,thanks.thanks for save us.may god give these holy souls 1 new life in our India only

  26. i have no words for them all they are all my life i am felling tears in my eyes when i see them i love them i must try to join army to my son

  27. i am writing the comment again.i want to tell that i really miss these heroes whenever i see their photos, videos i cry.i cannot stop my tears.i really miss them. when i sleep i just think what the soldiers must be doing on border jai hind. jai indian army

  28. i am writing the comment again.i want to tell that i really miss these heroes whenever i see their photos, videos i cry.i cannot stop my tears.i really miss them. when i sleep i just think what the soldiers must be doing on border jai hind. jai indian army

  29. i am writing the comment again.i want to tell that i really miss these heroes whenever i see their photos, videos i cry.i cannot stop my tears.i really miss them. when i sleep i just think what the soldiers must be doing on border jai hind. jai indian army

  30. i am writing the comment again.i want to tell that i really miss these heroes whenever i see their photos, videos i cry.i cannot stop my tears.i really miss them. when i sleep i just think what the soldiers must be doing on border jai hind. jai indian army

  31. i am writing the comment again.i want to tell that i really miss these heroes whenever i see their photos, videos i cry.i cannot stop my tears.i really miss them. when i sleep i just think what the soldiers must be doing on border jai hind. jai indian army

  32. i am writing the comment again.i want to tell that i really miss these heroes whenever i see their photos, videos i cry.i cannot stop my tears.i really miss them. when i sleep i just think what the soldiers must be doing on border jai hind. jai indian army

  33. i am writing the comment again.i want to tell that i really miss these heroes whenever i see their photos, videos i cry.i cannot stop my tears.i really miss them. when i sleep i just think what the soldiers must be doing on border jai hind. jai indian army

  34. i am writing the comment again.i want to tell that i really miss these heroes whenever i see their photos, videos i cry.i cannot stop my tears.i really miss them. when i sleep i just think what the soldiers must be doing on border jai hind. jai indian army

  35. I have been surfing online more than three hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all webmasters and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet will be much more useful than ever before.

  36. i read your mom’s interview on vijay diwas. she says “agar aaj vijay hota to zindgi ki rangat hi kuch aur hoti”. very touching words she says.

  37. grand slut to all indian army soilders who fought kargil war

    they r an example for india

    thanks for saving our country by giving lifes

    jai hind

  38. Most people don’t know that there are angels,whose only job is to make sure that you don’t get too comfortable & fall asleep & miss your life.We must wake up & tell those angels “Thank you for making the difference.It all happened COZ OF YOU”.. MY COUNTRY’S BRAVE SOLDIERS. I SALUTE U ALL…….. JAI HIND..

  39. i have tears in my eyes and the feeling in my heart to do something for our country …. after reading this.we salute you our great soldiers.

  40. Hindustaan Hamara Hai……
    The heros.we salute you …for your scarifice,love towards our country.
    Bhaarat mata ki Jay………..

  41. hume aap par garv hai aur hum jante hai ki jab tak is desh me aap jaise veer sipahe hai tab tak is desh per koi hani nahi pahucha sakta.Jai Hind

  42. we r proud that our army people lost their lives to protect our bharathamba from our enimies..we all 130cres of people salutue u.our heads down due to respect to our veer javans..our veer javanoum desh apke sath heai….jai hind……..

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