JNU Vice-Chancellor M. Jagdish Kumar, in a program organized on the occasion of the 18th Kargil Vijay Divas on Sunday at Jawaharlal Nehru University, requested Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and General VK Singh to help the University get a tank of the Army. According to the Vice-Chancellor, the tank will be placed at a prominent place in the campus so that he may remind the students of the sacrifices of the army. This was the first time that Kargil Vijay Day was organized in JNU.
The idea of having military tanks in JNU campus is proposed by VC to create feeling of nationalism among the students, the idea has come only after the program held on February 9, 2016, in which due to the alleged anti-India slogans, students were accused of sedition and were arrested.
On this occasion, the tricolor march was lifted on Sunday and tribute was given to the martyred soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country. This March was organized by the University Administration and ‘Veterans India’. In the tri-color march starting from the main gate of JNU, two Union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and General VK Singh, Major General GD Bakshi, the mentor of Veterans India and Gautam Gambhir, the cricketer also participated. Apart from the Ministers and Cricketer, family members of 23 martyred soldiers also participated in the Tricolor march. The flag was 2,200 feet long. On this auspicious occasion Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that, JNU has set an example by organizing a tricolor march on the occasion of Kargil Vijay Divas. At the same time former Army Chief VK Singh while expressing his thoughts on the auspicious occasion said that, “JNU has presented an example in front of the entire country by honoring Indian soldiers and I congratulate the Vice Chancellor of JNU for organizing this historic event, this event is the topic of pride for all Indians.”
On July 26, Kargil is celebrated as Vijay Day throughout the country. 18 years ago on July 26, 1999, the Indian army had driven Pakistani infiltrators away from Indian land in Kargil. Every year in honor of Indian soldiers, it is celebrated as Victory Day.