ನಮ್ಮ ದೇಶದ ಜನರು ಸಿನಿಮಾದಲ್ಲಿ ಯುದ್ಧ ಮಾಡೊ ಹೀರೋಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ತೋರುವ ಕಾಳಜಿ, ಪ್ರೀತಿಯನ್ನು ನಿಜವಾಗಿಯೂ ತಮ್ಮ ಪ್ರಾಣವನ್ನೇ ಒತ್ತೆ ಇಟ್ಟು ದೇಶ ಕಾಯೋ ಯೋಧರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ತೋರಿಸಿದ್ದರೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಯೋಧರಿಗೆ ಸೆಲೆಬ್ರೆಟಿ ಸ್ಥಾನ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿಬಿಡುತ್ತಿತ್ತೆನೊ…!! ಹೌದು. ಕಾರ್ಗಿಲ್ ಯುದ್ಧದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಎಷ್ಟೋ ಜನಕ್ಕೆ ಈಗಲೂ ಸಹ ಗೊತ್ತೇ ಇಲ್ಲ, ಭಾರತದ ನಾಗರಿಕರಾಗಿ ಕಾರ್ಗಿಲ್ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ತಿಳಿಯುವುದು ನಮ್ಮ ಕರ್ತವ್ಯ ಕೂಡ… ಅದರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಇಲ್ಲಿದೆ ಒಂದು ಲೇಖನ…
ಇಂದು (26th July) ಕಾರ್ಗಿಲ್ ವಿಜಯ ದಿವಸ – ‘ಆಪರೇಷನ್ ವಿಜಯ್’ನ 17ನೇ ವಾರ್ಷಿಕೋತ್ಸವ.
ಪಾಪಿ ಪಾಕಿಸ್ತಾನದ ಮೇಲೆ 1999ರಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾರತ ದಿಗ್ವಿಜಯ ಸಾಧಿಸಿದ ಸವಿನೆನಪಿಗಾಗಿ ಜುಲೈ 26ರಂದು ಪ್ರತಿವರ್ಷ ‘ಕಾರ್ಗಿಲ್ ವಿಜಯ ದಿವಸ’ವನ್ನು ಆಚರಿಸಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ದೇಶಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಪ್ರಾಣ ತ್ಯಾಗ ಮಾಡಿದ ಕಾರ್ಗಿಲ್ ವೀರ ಯೋಧರಿಗೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಕೋಟಿ ನಮನ… ಸೈನಿಕರೇ ನಿಮಗೊಂದು ದೊಡ್ಡ ಸಲಾಂ…!
1.ಮೇ 1999, ಪಾಕಿಸ್ತಾನಿ ಯೋಧರು ಹಾಗೂ ಪಾಕ್ ಆಕ್ರಮಿತ ಕಶ್ಮೀರ ಉಗ್ರಗಾಮಿಗಳು ಜಮ್ಮು ಕಾಶ್ಮೀರದ ಕಾರ್ಗಿಲ್ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯೊಳಗೆ ನುಸುಳಿದರು.
2.ಪರ್ವೇಜ್ ಮುಷರಫ್, ಮಹಾ ಮೋಸ ತಂತ್ರಜ್ಞಾನ :
ಅಂದಿನ ನಮ್ಮ ಪ್ರಧಾನಿ ವಾಜಪೇಯಿರವರ ಸಂಧಾನ ಮಾತುಕತೆಯ ಸಲುವಾಗಿಯೂ, ಪಾಕಿನ ಸೇನಾ ವರಿಷ್ಠಾದಿಕಾರಿ ಮುಷರಫ್ ನ ಮೋಸೋಪಾಯದಿಂದ ಅವರ ಪ್ರಧಾನಿ ನವಾಜ್ ಶರಿಫ್ ರಿಗೆ ತಿಳಿಯದಂತೆಯೇ ಒಳನುಸುಳುವ ತಂತ್ರ ಮುಷರಫ್ ಹೆಣೆದಿದ್ದ.
3.18000 ಅಡಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ರಣಭೂಮಿ :
ಅತೀ ಕಡಿಮೆ ತಾಪಮಾನದಲ್ಲಿ, ಕ್ಲಿಷ್ಟಕರವಾದ ಗುಡ್ಡಗಾಡುಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಸೆಣೆಸಾಡಿದರು ನಮ್ಮ ಯೋಧರು. ಭಾರತವು ಪದಾತಿಸೇನೆ, ವಿವಿಧ ಸೇನಾಭಾಗಗಳು, 44 ಅರೆಸೇನಿಕ ತುಕಡಿಗಳು ಹಾಗು 60 ಮುಂಚೂಣಿ ಯುದ್ಧ ವಿಮಾನಗಳನ್ನು ಕರೆಸಿಕೊಂಡಿತ್ತು.
4.ಟೈಗರ್ ಬೆಟ್ಟ :
ಡ್ರಾಸ್-ಕಾರ್ಗಿಲ್ ಪ್ರದೇಶದ ಅತೀ ಎತ್ತರದ ಬೆಟ್ಟದಲ್ಲೊಂದಾದ ಈ ಬೆಟ್ಟ, ಯುದ್ಧದ ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಬಿಂದುವಾಯಿತು. 60 ದಿನಗಳ ತೀಕ್ಷ್ಣ ಕದನದ ನಂತರ, ಭಾರತವು ಪಾಕಿ ಪಾಳಯವನ್ನು ಸೋಲಿಸಿ, ಪಾಕಿಸ್ತಾನವನ್ನು ಯುದ್ಧದಿಂದ ಪಲಾಯನಗೊಳಿಸಲು ಯಶಸ್ವಿಯಾಯಿತು
5.ಯುದ್ಧ, ವೀರ ಜೀವಿಗಳ ಬಲಿ ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಂಡಿತು.
ಭಾರತ ಸೇನೆಯು 527 ವೀರ ಯೋಧರನ್ನು ಕಳೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕಾಯಿತು. ಅವರ ತ್ಯಾಗಕ್ಕೆ ಬೆಲೆ ಕಟ್ಟಲಾಗುವುದಿಲ್ಲ. ಅವರ ತ್ಯಾಗದಿಂದಾಗಿಯೇ ಇಂದು ನಾವು ನೆಮ್ಮದಿಯ ಜೀವನ ನಡೆಸಲು ಸಾಧ್ಯವಾಗುತ್ತಿರುವುದು!!
6.ಪರಮ ವೀರ ಚಕ್ರ ಪಡೆದವರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ…
- CAPTAIN VIKRAM BATRA :
13 JAMMU AND KASHMIR RIFLES (IC 57556)
During “Operation Vijay”, on 20 June 1999, Captain Vikram Batra Commander Delta Company was tasked to attack point 5140. he skirted around the feature from the East with his company and maintaining surprise reached within the assaulting distance of the enemy. Reorganising his column, he motivated his men to physically assault the enemy positions. Leading from the front in a daredevil assault, he pounced on the enemy and killed four of them in a hand-to-hand fight. On 7 July 1999, in another operation in the area of Point 4875, his company was tasked to clear a narrow feature with sharp cutting on either side and heavily fortified enemy defences that covered the only approach to it. In a speedy operation, Captain Batra assaulted the enemy positions along narrow ridge and engaged the enemy in a fierce hand-t-hand fight and killed five enemy soldiers at point blank range. Despite sustaining grave injuries, he crawled towards the enemy and hurled grenades clearing the position. With utter disregard to his personal safety leading from the front he rallied his men and pressed on the attack the helped achieve a near impossible military task in the face of heavy enemy fire. The officer, however, succumbed to his injuries. Inspired by his daredevil act, his troops fell upon the enemy with vengeance, annihilated them and captured Point 4875Captain Vikram Batra, thus, displayed the most conspicuous bravery and leadership of the highest order in the face of the enemy and made supreme sacrifice in the highest traditions of the India Army.
- LIEUTENANT MANOJ KUMAR PANDEY : Lieutenant Manoj Kumar Pandey took part in a series of boldly led attacks during Operation Vijay, forcing back the intruders with heavy losses in Batalik including the capture of Jubar Top. On the night of 2/3 July 1999 during the advance to Khalubar as his platoon approached its final objective, it came under heavy and intense enemy fire from the surrounding heights. Lieutenant Pandey was tasked to clear the interfering enemy positions to prevent his battalion from getting day lighted, being in a vulnerable position. He quickly moved his platoon to an advantageous position under intense enemy fire, sent one section to clear the enemy positions from the right and himself proceeded to clear the enemy positions from the left. Fearlessly assaulting the first enemy position, he killed two enemy personnel and destroyed the second position by killing two more. He was injured on the shoulder and legs while clearing the third position. Undaunted and without caring for his grievous injuries, he continued to lead the assault on the fourth position urging his men and destroyed the same with a grenade, even as he got a fatal burst on his forehead. This singular daredevil act of Lieutenant Manoj Kumar Pandey provided the critical firm base for the companies, which finally led to capture of Khalubar. The officer, however, succumbed to his injuries.Lieutenant Manoj Kumar Pandey, thus, displayed most conspicuous bravery, indomitable courage, outstanding leadership and devotion to duty and made the supreme sacrifice in the highest traditions of the Indian Army.
- GRENADIER YOGINDER SINGH YADAV18 GRENADIERS (2690-572)
Grenadier Yogender Singh Yadav was part of the leading team of a Ghatak Platoon tasked to capture Tiger Hill on the night of 3/4 July 1999. The approach to the top was steep, snowbound and rocky. Grenadier Yogender Singh Yadav, unmindful of the danger involved, volunteered to lead and fix the rope for his team to climb up. On seeing the team, the enemy opened intense automatic, grenade, rocket and artillery fire killing the Commander and two of his colleagues and the platoon was stalled. Realising the gravity of the situation, Grenadier Yogender Singh Yadav crawled up to the enemy position to silence it and in the process sustained multiple bullet injuries. Unmindful of his injuries and in the hail of enemy bullets, Grenadier Yogender Singh Yadav continued climbing towards the enemy positions, lobbed grenades, continued firing from his weapons and killed four enemy soldiers in close combat and silenced the automatic fire. Despite multiple bullet injuries, he refused to be evacuated and continued the charge. Inspired by his gallant act, the platoon charged on the other positions with renewed punch and captured Tiger Hill Top.Grenadier Yogender Singh Yadav displayed the most conspicuous courage, indomitable gallantry, grit and determination under extreme adverse circumstances.RIFLEMAN SANJAY KUMAR
13 JAMMU AND KASHMIR RIFLES (13760533)Rifleman Sanjay Kumar volunteered to be the leading scout of the attacking column tasked to capture area Flat Top of Point 4875 in the Mushkoh Valley on 4 July 1999. During the attack when enemy automatic fire from one of the sangars posed stiff opposition and stalled the column, Rifleman Sanjay Kumar realizing the gravity of the situation and with utter disregard to his personal safety, charged at the enemy. In the ensuing hand-to-hand combat, he killed three of the intruders and was himself seriously injured. Despite his injuries, he charged onto the second sangar. Taken totally by surprise, the enemy left behind a Universal Machine Gun and started running.Rifleman Sanjay Kumar picked up the UMG and killed the fleeing enemy. Although bleeding profusely, he refused to be evacuated. The brave action on his part motivated his comrades and they took no notice of the treacherous terrain and charged onto the enemy and wrested the area Flat Top from the hands of the enemy.
Rifleman Sanjay Kumar displayed most conspicuous gallantry, cool courage and devotion to duty of an exceptionally high order in the face of the enemy.