VIJAY DIWAS, 20th ANNIVERSARY OF (KARGIL WAR)

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Edison, N.J. August 4, 2019, Edited by TIO:

Shradhaa Foundation, dedicated to the cause of Soldiers of Indian Armed Forces and Indian descent all around the globe, celebrated the prestigious victory achieved by the Indian Armed Forces 20 years ago at the highest battlefield in the world. Drawing on other commemorative practices, there are three main ways that individual war dead can be represented as heroes, as victims, and as martyrs sacrificed for the nation. Lest we forget the supreme sacrifice made by over 500 well-trained men in uniform, the Military traditionally focuses on various types of individuals those who have won awards for bravery, and those who have reached high rank. Such displays are shrines to the elite of the nation or military unit. “Heroes” play an important part in national memory, each being “a cluster of national meaning, in the sense, that meaning is imputed to particular persons in order to serve as figures of national bravery, sacrifice, and unity.

It is our duty as a community to not only remember them but also celebrate their achievements against the worst adversaries. Many of those who lost their lives and many who lost their limbs had the family dependent on their earnings. While the Indian Government has done a great job of helping the martyrs at the battlefield, there are other unknown soldiers who made no less contribution to the victory, by providing ammunition, weapons, rations, clothing, medicines and so on to those facing the brunt of enemy fire.

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Driving on narrow roads in high altitude area is as risky as anything else in the battle, and let us not forget our brave airmen who flew their machines in the extremely difficult conditions risking their own lives to save the life of their comrades who were climbing the difficult mountains to attack the enemy. The gunners, the engineers, signalmen, the nursing assistants and doctors and last but not the least our Animal Transport Crew that ferried the ammunition in the most difficult terrain, everyone contributed to the success of the battle. War in the mountains is the acid test of junior leadership, and our young officers and men did a great job. The high officers to other ranks casualty ratio proved our officers led from the front. On this day, residents of New Jersey saluted our soldiers for their sacrifice.

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The celebrations started with Ms. Prithi Seth, singing Vande Matram, followed by patriotic songs by Ms. Sarika Kansara, Mr. Saikat Haldar, Mr. Dinesh Mirchandani, Mr. Umesh Patel, and many more local singers. A Short Film on the capture of Tololing on June 12 and capture of Three Pimple on June 28, 1999, by 2nd Battalion The Rajputana Rifles was shown. Major Krishan Chari, President of the Shradhaa Foundation welcomed the guests. Mr. Ratilal Patel and Col Virendra Tavathia the trustees, gave an account of activities carried out by the Shradhaa Foundation. Ms. Seema Jagtiani the Co-Founder and Chairperson of the Shradhaa Foundation shared her firsthand experience of meeting the widows of our soldiers in Feb 2019. She thanked all to attend the event and show their respect for our soldiers.

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Mr. Vinod Madhok, the owner of the Radisson Inn Hotel, opened his facility and helped in organizing this great event, first of its kind. Shradhaa Foundation thanked Mr. Vinod Madhok and the entire staff of Radisson Inn, Piscataway for their wholehearted support for making this event a success.

The event was well covered by Indian media and was also telecast on  Network.

Shradhaa Foundation will continue its work to help the families and children of our soldiers with the help of the Asian Indian Community. While it was not a fundraiser, a veteran of the US Army present in the Hotel, donated some money for the event as a mark of respect for the men in uniform.

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Edited by TIO, Contents source agency as per the press release

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