To commemorate 20 years of the Kargil War, the IAF turned the Gwalior airbase virtually into a conflict theatre, with a dramatic reenactment of some of the milestones of the operation in 1999. It recreated the crucial events of the war. Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa was the chief guest for the event. In a symbolic ‘recreation’ of the Tiger Hill attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Drass-Kargil area, the air force used the Mirage 2000 aircraft and explosives were blown up on a ‘model hill’.
The Kargil Vijay Diwas celebrations for the year 2019 will be spread over three days from 25-27 July 2019 and will be organized at Dras and New Delhi. However, as part of the build-up to the main event, numerous activities are planned to be organized all over the country with effect from the first week of July 2019.
1. An armed conflict between India and Pakistan is the Kargil war or Operation Vijay.
2. Location: Kashmir and the Line of Control (LOC).
3. Cause: Some Pakistani soldiers disguised as Kashmiri militants and infiltrated into positions on the Indian side of the LOC.
4. The army declared the mission successful on July 26, 1999.
5. Since then the day has been celebrated annually as Kargil Vijay Diwas.
6. The official death toll on the Indian side was 527, while that on the Pakistani side was between 357 and 453.