The Kargil War or the Kargil conflicts took place between May 3 and July 26, 1999, in the Kargil district of Kashmir and along the LOC. It is one of the prominent wars between India and Pakistan.
The Kargil war is also referred to as Operation Vijay which was the name of the Indian operation to clear the Kargil sector.
Since the year 1999, July 26 is marked as the Kargil Vijay Diwas in India every year to celebrate the victory of Operation Vijay. The war which went till 60 days resulted in death and destruction on both the sides but India won the war by regaining control of all the previously held territory.
The day July 26 is observed to honor the Kargil War heroes who gave their lives for the country. Functions are organized all over the country to commemorate the contributions of the armed forces.
After the Lahore Declaration was peacefully signed in February 1999 with a promise to provide a peaceful and bilateral solution to the Kashmir conflict, there were some elements of the Pakistani Armed forces which barged into the Indian side of the line of control. Their infiltration was named Operation Badr which aimed at serving the link between Kashmir and Ladakh and cause Indian forces to withdraw from the Siachen Glacier.
To their operation, the government of India responded with Operation Vijay and the war came to an end officially on July 26, 1999, thus marking as Kargil Vijay Diwas. During the war, a total of 527 Indian soldiers bravely lost their lives.