'I bow my head to brave soldiers,' says PM Modi in tribute to Kargil bravehearts

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi Jul 27, 2019, 08.09 PM (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed the nation during a commemorative function of Kargil Vijay Diwas at Indira Gandhi Indoor (IGI) Stadium in Delhi. 

Remembering the bravehearts who gave away their lives for the nation 20 years back, the prime minister said that he bows his "head to the brave soldiers".

"On this occasion, I pay tribute to all those bravehearts who foiled the conspiracy to take down the tricolour from the peaks of Kargil by sacrificing their blood. I also pay respect to those brave mothers who gave birth to these bravehearts," he said. 

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"It is not the government that fights wars, the entire nation does," he said. 

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"The nation owes an eternal debt to the valour of our soldiers," the PM stated.

He added that the victory of the Kargil war was India's dream which was a result of discipline and honour. 

"Kargil victory was the victory of the bravery of our sons and daughters. It was the victory of India's strength and patience. It was the victory of India's sanctity and discipline. It was the victory of every Indian's expectations," PM Modi said. 

Indian Army celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Kargil War on Friday to rekindle the pride and valour of the soldiers who took part in Operation Vijay.

July 26 is celebrated as Kargil Vijay Diwas every year to commemorate India's victory over Pakistan in the 1999 Kargil conflict.

On the 20th anniversary of the conflict, Modi had tweeted, "During the Kargil War in 1999, I had the opportunity to go to Kargil and show solidarity with our brave soldiers. This was the time when I was working for my Party in Jammu and Kashmir as well as Himachal Pradesh. The visit to Kargil and interactions with soldiers are unforgettable."