Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Kargil divas at Dehra Dun by Lt Col Brij Thapa

From: Brij Thapa
To: "Brig C S Kamboj"
Date: Monday, 27 July, 2009, 6:04 PM


As per the scheduled programme on 26 Jul 09, Lt Gen M S Gosain , PVSM,AVSM,VSM,, Brig K G Behl, President Dehradun Ex-Services League, Brig P S Gurung,YSM, Lt Col B M Thapa, Gen Secy DESL, Dr B K Nautiyal,PRO,Lt Col R P Jairath, Treasurer DESL, Lt Col S S Thapa Lt Col P S Bisht, Lt Col S B S Thapa,Col P D Kudiyal, Lt Col U S Thakur, H/Capt B S Thapa, H/Capt K B Thapa,Hav B P Sharma and many others paid floral homage to martyrs of Kargil War and laid wreath and flowers on Kargil War Memorial at Gandhi Park Dehradun along with large number of Ex-Servicemen.

Keeping the back ground song as ” Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon--” function started. First of all two minutes silence was observed by all.

Speaking on the occasion Brig K G Behl, President Ex Services League said that Kargil War known as “Operation Vijay” was fought by Indian Soldiers on most difficult terrain, having peak heights from 12000 to 18000 ft with heavy boulders and steep slopes. Indian soldiers showed great bravery and pushed the enemy out of occupied Indian territory showing great bravery and valour. Doon Valley lost 18 soldiers and Uttarakhand lost 75 soldiers and country lost 533 soldiers where more than 3000 soldiers were wounded in Kargil War. Nation is proud of such heroic sacrifice. The Uttarakhand State Govt. has recently raised the emoluments for all the Gallantry Awards winners which has become the highest in the Country and we are thankful to them.

Brig Behl said that the Kargil war was unique and a saga of bravery and courage, not only by few but practically all of them, especially the younger lot who showed their mettle. To fight and recapture those hills under the enemy fire in that difficult terrain is a real hard task which our heroes performed at the stake of their lives to bring honour to the country. Bofor Guns showed their mettle and they not only destroyed the enemy locations but provided suitable cover to troops to march forward. The honour given to these heroes too was onerous and set tradition for the others to follow. Earlier the bodies of the dead, mostly, used to be cremated in field itself and the kith and kin were informed but now onwards bodies of all were sent to their homes and were cremated with full military honours. It was a big change,satisfaction and honour which all appreciated and thanked Govt. and authorities for that. Another important decision was to give pension to the old parents and dependents in addition to the widow and provide job to one of the members where ever possible.
In this war 533 lost their lives and about 3000 were injured. Some of them were honoured with different Gallantry awards which included four PARAM VIR Chakras, 9 Mahavir Chakras and many Kirti Chakras, Vir Chakras and other medals and awards and decorations. It is an occasion to remember them and pay our homage.

Air Force played a big role in this war and gave support to destroy enemy positions especially when they had the limitations not too cross LOC. We salute their bravery and courage.
The Media too played a big role in this war and took courage to move with troops to forward areas and transmit live action pictures on TV screens at home for all to watch, realise and appreciate how difficult the areas and assaults were. We are really thankful to all those involved and sufferings they faced. We thank Print and Electronic Media who kept us informed of all activities.
The President said that we pay homage to our war Heroes and pledge to look after their families and try to solve their problems to the extent possible.

Before the programme of Dehradun Ex-Services League started, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank” Chief Minister Uttrakhand also paid homage to the Martyrs of Kargil War at Kargil War Memorial at Ghandhi Park which was attended by Lt Gen M S Gosain, Brig K G Behl, Brig P S Gurung, Lt Col B M Thapa and many other Ex-Servicemen of Doon valley. C M said that the Government will give all possible help to the families of soldiers who had lost their life in Kargil war and also all problems of Ex-Servicemen of Uttarakhand will be solved.

In Put By Lt Col B M Thapa
General Secretary
Dehradun Ex-Services league

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