Tributes paid to war heroes on 22nd anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 26: The 22nd anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas was celebrated today with great enthusiasm and patriotic fervor by Army establishments, political parties, educational institutions and other social organizations across Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.
Indian Army under the aegis of Headquarter Romeo Force celebrated 22nd anniversary of the victory in Kargil War as “Kargil Vijay Diwas” with pride and honour at GHS Dharana, Tehsil-Mendhar, GHS Thanamandi, Tehsil-Naushera and Daraba. The multifarious activities like motivational lectures, tree plantation and display of audio and videos on Kargil Vijay Diwas also organized to encourage the youth and students. The event was also attended by a large number of retired service personnel who paid their homage to the martyrs of the Kargil War by laying wreath.
To commemorate the event, a programme was organized by Tiger Division. The event commenced with wreath laying ceremony at ‘Tiger War Memorial’ in presence of GOC, Tiger Division, General Neeraj Gosain. Wreath was laid by Lt Colonel Rishma Sarin wife of Major Mohit Sharma, Ashok Chakara, Sena Medal who sacrificed his life in the service of the nation during an encounter with terrorist in 2009. Commanding Officer and Subedar Major of Batalik Battle Honor Paltan also laid wreath to the martyrs of the Kargil War Heroes.
White Knight Corps commemorated the 22nd anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas. Major General Sharad Kapur, Chief of Staff, White Knight Corps in a solemn ceremony laid wreath at the “Ashwamedh Shaurya Sthal” to pay homage to the brave hearts who laid down their lives in the icy heights of Kargil during Operation Vijay.
Nitish Mahajan, State Executive Member, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Jammu and Kashmir also paid rich tributes to the Kargil Martyrs on the occasion. While paying rich tributes to the Martyrs, Mahajan appealed youth to contribute to the Nation Building to the best of their ability taking inspiration from the young martyrs.
Apni Party, provincial president and former Minister, Manjit Singh remembered Kargil war heroes in a function organized at Ramgarh in Samba district. He remembered Gurdeep Singh Soni, a soldier, who fought bravely and laid down his life while fighting the enemy on the mountains of Kargil. The army contingent led by Major Anisoor of 7-JAK Rifles gave salute to the martyr’s memorial.
In a meeting of senior leaders of JKPCC held here today at Shahidi Chowk Jammu rich tributes were paid to brave soldiers who laid down their lives to retrieve the Indian territory in Kargil and inflicting a crushing defeat to the Pakistan forces, during Kargil war. PCC Chief Shri G A Mir chaired the meeting, which was attended by Mula Ram, Raman Bhalla, Kanta Bhan (all vice presidents of PCC), Yogesh Sawhney, Balwan Singh, Manmohan Singh (general secretaries), Rajnish Sharma (co-treasurer), T S Bajwa (Ex-MP), Hari Singh Chib (president, DCC Jammu Rural), Indu Pawar (president, Mahila Congress) and others. Meanwhile rich tributes were also paid to the martyrs of Kargil War by the Congress workers led by Ravinder Sharma (chief spokesperson, PCC) at Sunderbani.
An online Inter-College poetry writing competition was organized by the Department of Dogri (University of Jammu) in collaboration with career counseling cell of GDC Pouni on occasion of Kargil Vijay Diwas. Around 15 students from different colleges of J&K participated in this event and expressed their ideas and emotions of patriotism and national pride in poetic form.
2nd J&K Girls Battalion NCC under the aegis of Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh Directorate celebrated Kargil Vijay Diwas by organizing an online webinar. A total of 100 cadets from all Battalions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh Directorate participated in the webinar. The aim of the webinar was to instill feeling of nationalism and imbibe the spirit of patriotism among the cadets. The NCC Cadets also visited houses of Next of kin’s of the martyrs houses in Jammu region and interacted with Veer Naris.
NSS unit of Government College of Education (GCOE) Jammu celebrated the 22nd anniversary of the “Kargil Vijay Diwas” to honour the Kargil War heroes. Students saluted the valour and grit of the soldiers through an online poem competition.
The program was proficiently conducted by NSS Program Officer Dr Shubhra Jamwal along with NSS faculty members Prof Shapia Shameem Bhatti, Prof Sarita Dogra said Prof Seema Kumari.
Dr Kulvinder Kour, Principal of GCOE applauded the efforts of the NSS team and spoke on the sacrifices made by forces. The volunteers who were part of the organizing team was Saurab Sharma, Priya Chivalary Singh, Diksha Devi, Suvidha Sambyal, Ambica Mishra, Komal, Mahima and Samreeti Sunakshi.
NSS unit of Government College for Women (GCW), Parade in commemoration of 22nd Kargil Vijay Diwas felicitated the widows of war heroes who sacrificed their life during Kargil war and presented them the specially designed mementos, sketches and handmade letters under the supervision of Principal SP Saraswat, ANO LT Suman and Professor Dr Mohammed Majid.
To commemorate the event, the NSS unit of Government College of Engineering & Technology, Jammu in collaboration with Red Ribbon Club of the College organized series of online events under the patronage of Principal Dr Sameru Sharma. Virtual Shraddhanjali was paid to the indomitable courage and sacrifice of Indian Armed forces.
The NCC Cadets of 2 J&K Girls Battalion, GCW Gandhinagar (Jammu) commemorated the 22nd Kargil Vijay Diwas by visiting Veer Nari Kamala Devi (wife of Shaheed Havildar Madan Lal Choudhary of 18 Granadiers) and presented a specially designed memento as a token of respect to our heroes.
The Day was celebrated at Singge Namgyal Chowk in Leh by Tourism Department, UT Ladakh. Principal Secretary, Dr Pawan Kotwal, was the chief guest for the event. He along with Executive Councillor, LAHDC Leh, Stanzin Chosphel, Secretary Tourism, Mehboob Ali, Director Tourism, Kunzes Angmo, Assistant Director Tourism, Jigmet Namgyal, Ladakh Scouts soldiers, veterans and families of the slain soldiers laid wreaths at the memorial plaque.
GGM Science College celebrated the Day under the patronage of Principal Dr Ravender Tickoo. NSS cadets under the guidance of NSS PO Dr Deepali Mahajan paid tributes to the heroes of Kargil War and remembered their valour and sacrifice by lightining Diyas and candles, making posters and videos and posted them on their social media accounts.
NSS Unit of GDC Kathua celebrated Kargil Vijay Diwas by organizing an online poetry program. More than 70 volunteers participated in the event and recited poems in the honour of Kargil Martyrs. Two minutes silence prayer was also observed by the volunteers to remember the supreme sacrifice of the Kargil war heroes.
Government Degree College (GDC) Dudu Basant Garh organized an Online Inter-College poetry writing competition on the occasion. In the competition, students wrote patriotic poems in English, Hindi, and Dogri languages to pay tributes to the armed forces war who sacrificed their lives while serving the motherland.
SD/SW NCC unit of GDC Bhaderwah in collaboration with 2nd JK independent Coy NCC Bhaderwah celebrated Kargil Vijay Diwas to pay tributes to Kargil war heroes under the supervision of Dr Kuldeep Kumar Sharma, Principal of the College. A colourful programme was presented by cadets of the college that include a tribute to war heroes by floral, patriotic songs, poems expressing bravery of soldiers.
NCC cadets of GCW Udhampur from 2nd J&K GIRLS visited and felicitated the Kargil war widow Sushma Devi and presented her the customized memento as a token of respect. The family visited was of Grenadier Havildar Rattan Chand of 18 Granadiers, Udhampur. The cadets interacted at length with the “Veer Naari”.
To celebrate the occasion, GDC RS Pura organized an online lecture on ‘Duggar Pradesh De Rukh Butey’ under the patronage of College Principal Dr G S Rakwal. Dr O P Sharma Vidyarthi, retired Principal Chief Conservator of Forests was the resource person in the event. Meanwhile, NCC cadets of 2nd Girls Battalion under the supervision of Professor Shaveta Chowdhary of GDC RS Pura paid tributes to Kargil Martyr Rifleman Tarsem Lal by reaching Gandli village of Block RS Pura, where they also met his family members. During this, NCC cadets also conducted a cleanliness drive at the Martyr’s Statue site.
To commemorate the victory of the Indian Armed forces and to pay tributes to the supreme sacrifice of our martyrs, NSS Unit (Khidmat) of GDC Vijaypur organized series of activities in virtual mode. Staff and NSS volunteers of the College lit candles as a mark of tribute to the Kargil Martyrs and made online posters reflecting the importance of the Day.
To mark the occasion, cadets of NCC unit of GDC Thannamandi participated in an online poster making competition and delivered short video clip speech to honor the Kargil war heroes who laid down their life for the country. Speaking on the occasion, Principal Prof (Dr) Javaid Ahmed Qazi motivated the cadets to serve the nation.
The core group of Dogra Sadar Sabha (DSS) held a solemn meeting to offer tributes to the gallant martyrs as they commemorated the Kargil Victory Day at the Sabha Bhawan, Dogra Hall, Jammu. Thakur Gulchan Singh Charak, president DSS and former Minister along with others paid floral tributes to the martyrs.
In order to pay tribute and homage to the brave soldiers who lost their lives during the Kargil war, Rotary Club of Jammu Tawi honoured their families at Arnia village in Jammu. First of all, Shaheed Mohinder Singh was remembered by plating flowers on his statue. Raman Wazir, president of the Club, honoured the families of the martyrs by presenting them shawl, ceiling fan, pressure cooker, water cooler, umbrellas, shirt-pant cloth piece and other necessary items. Other Rotarians including Dr Alka Sharma, Ashok Gupta, Vinay Kapoor, Parveen Singh, Rajesh Gupta, Raman Gupta, Parvinder Kour, Jatinder Gandokh and Gautam Gandotra were present on the occasion.
The Day was celebrated with great zeal and fervour in the remote villages of Poonch and JWG near Line of Control. As part of the celebrations, a wreath laying ceremony was held to pay homage at the war memorial in Loran village of Poonch. To commemorate the occasion, drawing competition was organized for the children in the distant villages of Loran, Satharban and JWG by the Indian Army.
On the occasion, Neeraj Dewan (general secretary J&K Panthers Trade Union) along with his party workers and supporters paid tribute to the martyrs of Kargil War at Transport Nagar, Narwal (Jammu). He said that we should proud of Indian Army and its martyrs.
Dogra Front and Shiv Sena (DF&SS) president Ashok Gupta led the party workers to pay tribute to the Martyrs of the Kargil war. The party workers showered flowers on the portraits of the Martyrs who laid down there lives for the pride of the nation.
Tejas Ek Pahal Foundation and its members celebrated the occasion in Doda. Akash Parihar apprised the youth about bravery of Kargil war heroes who sacrificed their lives for the motherland. He simultaneously encouraged the youth to work for nation building.
On Kargil Vijay Diwas, Hindu leader Raju Chandel warned Pakistan and China from the War Memorial, saying that India is no longer the former India. He said if Pakistan makes any misadventure, then it will get a befitting reply from the Indian Army.
Sunil Dimple, president Mission Statehood paid floral tributes the Kargil war heroes on 22nd anniversary of Kargil Vijay Divas. Speaking on the occasion, Sunil Dimple urged upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi to liberate PoK, Gilgit, Baltistan from the illegal occupation of Pakistan.
Kargil Vijay Diwas was celebrated by NCC Wing of GDC Paloura (Mishriwala) by organizing an interactive session with son of the soil , Gp Capt Kamal Singh Oberh (Retd)
The program started with observation of a 20 second silence in remembrance of the Kargil War Heroes. Later, the students interacted with the speaker about NCC as well as the careers in defence. The entire programme was conducted on Google Meet. The vote of thanks was presented by Kusha Sharma, ANO, NCC Girls wing, GDC Paloura.