Port Blair/New Delhi: The Kargil Cenotaph at Port Blair is a tribute to the brave soldiers who proudly laid down their life to win the Kargil war for their country on 26 July 1999.
India celebrates Kargil Victory Day on 26 July.
The Kargil Memorial at Port Blair was conceived, planned and executed by Faizi Hashmi in his capacity as the Port Blair Town Council Secretary in a record time of 20 days.
It was declared open on 15 August 1999 – possibly the first Kargil Memorial in the country.
The design and execution was entirely inhouse with the help of a dedicated team of architects and engineers, under close day and night supervision of the Town Council Secretary.
I went for an innovation. Under the shadow of the sculpture through which we tried to capture bravery, loyalty and sacrifice, I put a gun on the ground within the small arena with a couplet on the plaque borrowing a line from Kavi Pradeep’s ultimate poetic brilliance that gives goosebumps every time we hear it. But with a slight modification. The plaque read, “उनकी याद में, जो लौट के घर न आए” – Faizi Hashmi
New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh paid homage to the martyrs at the National War Memorial (NWM) on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas (Kargil Victory Day) here today.
To commemorate the occasion, the Defence Minister wrote in the visitors’ book: “Homage to the brave soldiers of Kargil War who laid down their lives for the honour, prestige and pride of India. Their valour and sacrifice are a motivation for every Indian. On 20th Anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas, we take a pledge that the grateful nation will never forget the supreme sacrifice the soldiers made for the country’s honour.”
Minister of State forDefence Shripad Yesso Naik, Vice Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Devraj Anbu, Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar and Vice Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauriaalso laid wreath at NWM to pay their respects to the courage, valour and sacrifice of the heroes of ‘Operation Vijay’.
The Indo-Pak Kargil War was fought in May-July 1999 in the toughest terrain along the Line of Control (LoC) from ZojiLa in the West to Turtok in the East. The conflict was engineered by Pakistan by infiltrating its troops, occupying vacated dominating heights, overlooking and threatening National Highway besides violating the territorial integrity of the nation. The soldiers of the Indian Army, displaying utmost fortitude and resilience, fought legendary battles in Dras, Kaksar, Batalik and Turtok sectors at heights above 12,000 feet and evicted the Pakistani intruders. The Indian Air Force also contributed significantly and supported the Army operations.