“KARGIL war was significant in many aspects. There was Intelligence failure, lack of resources, bravery of our soldiers, a lot of learning experiences, jointmanship of the Armed Forces, military and diplomatic co-ordination. Above all, the nation was at its synergetic best.
However, Pakistan being Pakistan, India must always stay alert,” said Gen (retd) Ved Prakash Malik, former Chief of Army Staff, who was the Indian Army chief during Kargil war. Gen Malik, an officer decorated with AVSM and PVSM, was the speaker at the Kargil Vijay Diwas programme organised by Prahar Samaj Jagruti Sanstha, Nagpur, on virtual platform on Monday.
Shama Deshpande, President of Prahar Samaj Jagruti Sanstha, welcomed Gen Malik. At the outset, Flt Lt (retd) Shiwalee Deshpande, Member of Prahar Samaj Jagruti Sanstha, introduced Gen Malik and shed light on Prahar Samaj Jagruti Sanstha founded by late Lt Col (retd) Sunil Deshpande.
Addressing the participants, Gen Malik appreciated Prahar Samaj Jagruti Sanstha for undertaking the task of inculcating soldierly qualities in society and inculcating patriotism, discipline, courage in younger generation. “Celebrating Kargil Vijay Diwas anniversary is important to know history and territorial integrity, take stock of lessons learned, to make a promise and resolve that we as a nation shall work together always and everytime with determination whenever such occasion rises,” Gen Malik said.
Shedding light on Kargil War, he said that Pakistani intrusion came as a surprise as India had gestured for friendly relations with Pakistan. Despite challenges like high altitude areas, lack of Intelligence and surveillance, lack of weapons and equipment due to paucity of funds, the Indian forces rose to the occasion and won.
“The credit for victory goes to all the Armed Forces on ground, bravery and dedication of Indian soldiers, countless acts of gallantry, political leaders and the Government, military and diplomatic synergy.