Today is Kargil Vijay Diwas, the day when the Indian armed forces won the Kargil war emphatically ! While today social media is abuzz with celebrations I tried looking up some of the archives of TOI, HT and other newspapers from 2001, 2005 and then 2010 etc. Hardly a peep. Its as though the war happened and that was that. Bollywood made some movies about the war, made lots of money and because of those movies the public remembers some of the heroes but its hardly a day that seems to have been in the public discourse till a few years back. Yes, till this government took charge. What many HMVs may not like is the fact that the current PM who was the BJP party’s general secretary and spokesperson in 1999, went to see the soldiers wounded in the Kargil war….
While the then CONgress party president was busy accusing the then Vajpayee government as pointed out in this long but brilliant article by Kanchan Gupta. Sonia Gandhi’s Kargil related antics.
I am also appalled at the lack of interest in celebrating one of the finest moments in the Indian armed forces’ history by Times of India and Hindustan Times – the two leading newspapers of the country. I just went online to check on their e-papers and here are their front pages today. Atleast the TOI makes a feeble attempt by putting the Kargil Vijay Diwas picture right below the Newspaper’s name but HT doesn’t bother to say anything. In what way is Melania Trump’s decision to watch CNN more important than India winning the Kargil war? The obsession that both the papers have shown with the Pakistani elections is lurid to say the least – HT even puts the terrorist Hafiz Sayeed’s picture on the front page.
While the Modi government’s handling of the armed forces hasn’t been the best, but atleast the PM puts out his twitter message on Kargil Vijay Diwas every year without fail, he speaks about it in his “Mann Ki Baat” broadcast and he visited Kargil in Aug 2014 just a few months after taking oath as the PM. Guess what, in Aug 2014 when Mr. Modi visited Kargil, it was for the first time that the Prime Minister of our country was visiting Kargil after the war in 1999…. so neither Mr. Vajpayee nor Mr. ManMohan Singh thought it important enough to visit the place where our brave soldiers laid down their lives to protect our country.
Our priorities are so warped that its genuinely sad…
Jai Hind. Jai Hind ki Sena.