On the occasion of 19th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas, the day of India’s triumph over Pakistan in the undeclared territorial war in 1999, let us take a moment to commemorate the unsung heroes of Indian armed forces and salute their sacrifices. Perhaps, after almost two decades, the Indo-Pak border still stirs with tension and the question lingers – can such a war repeat? Can Kargil II happen?
The Kargil war was a turning point for modern India’s history by winning an undeclared war over territories on the Indian side of the Indo-Pakistan border. The war that officially started on May 9, 1999 saw a lot of ups and downs, and India finally re-captured the most crucial territorial region of Tiger Hill in the Kargil-Dras sector. On July 26, 1999, India declared victory and status quo ante vellum (the state existing before the war) marking the Kargil Vijay Diwas, ending the gruesome war. It has been 19 years no, and here we are, commemorating the heroes of Indian armies who fought for the nation while having the question of whether history will repeat, or not.
With internet and all the high-coverage media in the modernised high-tech era, we can most likely remain confident that Kargil-like situation is pretty much unlikely to happen ever again. With our high-tech weapons, heavy armour and equipment, surveillance and intelligence as well as the trained armed forces, India hold the potential to prevent Kargil II from happening ever again. Moreover, it is more than just military level progression as civilians have access to more information and a growing interest and awareness in military related knowledge as well as national security that will prevent such war from happening.
Plus, we must not forget that we hold the nukes and a military disturbance in the nuclear arsenal regions will trigger international concerns which will ultimately lead to foreign interventions before even a war can trigger. Although the unlikeliness and unpredictability of governments is something to be diffident about, both nations have learned lessons from Kargil 1999 and it would be irrational and illogical for any nation to involve in such violence – which is why both India and Pakistan will keep shying away from repeating the tantrums of the war. Perhaps, we can be at peace and celebrate the Kargil Vijay Diwas, keeping Kargin II outta thoughts.