Saturday, July 29, 2000  

A YEAR AFTER THE GUNS FELL SILENTA FULL year has gone by since the Kargil conflict broke out and the gallant Indian troops covered themselves with glory one more time. The mission was clear: retake from the Pakistani intruders the heights that they had surreptitiously taken over. Operation Vijay was launched in Kargil, Dras and Batalik sectors alongwith the IAF, and by August 16,1999 own intelligence had assessed at least 737 enemy killed. Out of these there were 45 officers and 81 SSG and ISI personnel. The military battle was won in some of the most rugged and heart-breaking terrain in the world and the tricolour planted atop every mountain top and post along the Line of Control in Jammu & Kashmir.