Imphal, July 26,
Remembering the brave heroes of Kargil War, the State observed the ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’ at the Banquet Hall of the 1st Manipur Rifles today.
Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Minister for Agriculture, V. Hangkhanlian said that during the 74 day long Kargil War, 527 Indian soldiers sacrificed their life for the country. On this occasion, we feel proud for the selfless sacrifices and courage of our soldiers who fought valiantly for the country, he added. Hangkhanlian recollected that after the Pakistani Army and terrorists breached the Line of Control (LOC), the Indian Armed Forces retaliated back with ‘Operation Vijay’ in 1999. Paying homage to the valour of the soldiers, he said that such supreme sacrifices cannot not be forgotten.
While delivering his Presidential address, Minister for Forest and Environment Th. Shyamkumar said that we should not forget the courage and valour of our soldiers who fought tirelessly to uphold the sovereignty and integrity of the country. He mentioned that on such occasion, we remember our martyrs, by revisiting the sacrifices and instilling pride and respect among us. Minister appealed to the people of the State to fight collectively against terrorism and other external forces which threatens our country.
Minister for Education Th. Radheshyam, MLA of Sekmai AC H. Dingo, Chief Secretary, DGP, top civil and police officials attended the function.
The day was also observed by District administration Chandel at DC office conference Hall.
In the observance function Deputy Commissioner, Chandel reiterated the events which led to the Kargil conflict. While remembering and praising the supreme sacrifice of our arm forces and specially the three war heroes from Chandel District , he said that anyone can give up wealth or other material things but giving up one’s life for the country is the supreme sacrifice one can make. He further said that even though we can’t go to the border for the country everyone can contribute by doing their duties diligently. He further said that if the small kids are dying because of lack of immunization, if student’s are not learning because teachers are not properly trained than our freedom has no meaning..He further added that it is our collective characters that decides the fate of our country..
Additional SP Chandel while speaking at the function expressed his gratitude towards our country’s arm forces and for their supreme sacrifices..
It can be mentioned that during the 1999 Kargil War three of the army personnel’s from Chandel namely, G.Garnethang ,Riflemen, from Unapal Village, Chara Nicholas Moyon, sepoy from Mitong Village and Ng.Beningvir Moyon, sepoy from Khukthar village, who were part if the Naga regiment give up their lifes for the country.
Thoubal battalion Assam Rifles organise a ‘Know Your Army Mela’ at The Sofia English School, Thoubal on occasion of 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas, today.
The event was attended by a strength of 800 students of The Sofia English School, Fancier Academy, Brilliant Academy, Evergreen Flower School, New Era Hr Secondary, Wisdom Foundation and from other schools of Thoubal.
The event started with a Josh & Motivational talk & Movie followed by Equipment & Weapon display with pipe band mesmerizinging the atmosphere with their patriotic tunes.All the students enjoyed and showed their inquisitiveness to more about the Op Vijay and army.
Many of them shared their valuable thoughts on the Message for Soldier Corner. The Kargil corner displayed the major operations with the details of Braves recipient of Param Veer Chakras & Maha Veer Chakras and also included the martyrs of Manipur.
The outreach initiative was aimed at spreading more awareness about the Kargil Vijay Diwas and the sacrifices of the soldiers.The Principle and Staff of the schools thanked the battalion for such an educative, motivational & thoughtful gesture and wished Assam Rifles good luck for future endeavors.