To salute the indomitable courage and valour of our brave hearts, India Saturday celebrates the second anniversary of the surgical strike carried out by the India Army across the Line of Control (LoC) on Pakistan in 2016. The three-day event being touted as Parakram Parv was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday and will continue till Sunday, September 30, 2018.
Apart from several events organised in different cities across the country, a special programme on the lawns of India Gate in the heart of the national capital showcases the heroism of Indian armed forces. The event has started with a bugle call on Friday with Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman herself present on the occasion.
During the three-day event, citizens from across India will be allowed to send their messages to soldiers by signing on the huge digital canvas, installed in the campus. Apart from that, short films, photographs, letters addressed to our soldiers and captured weapons of terrorists are also on the display.
#ParakramParv,28-30 Sep 18. India Gate, NewDelhi. Stalls will showcase various facets & include Weapon & Equipment display, Selfie Points, Digital & Electronic wall for writing messages & audio visual programme. 3PM to 10PM on 28 Sep 18. 11AM to 10PM on 29-30 Sep18 #पराक्रमपर्व pic.twitter.com/8XlvIPoh5Z— ADG PI - INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) September 28, 2018
What is the Surgical Strike?
In what could be a proud moment for all the Indian citizens, army personnel on the intervening night of September 28 and 29, 2016, carried out surgical strikes on seven terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC).
The strike was a response to a ghastly terror attack by Pakistan on an army camp in the Uri town of Jammu and Kashmir. The deadly attack by Pakistan had left 19 Indian soldiers dead, leading our brave jawans to destroy the terror launchpads of the Pakistan-backed terrorists and eliminate over 40 terrorists in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
Second Anniversary celebrations:
On this celebratory occasion, Indian Army spokesperson Colonel Aman Anand said, "It is the contribution of our armed forces that we proudly celebrate ‘Vijay Diwas’, ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’ and many such battle honour days". Anand also urged people to use the hashtag – ‘#Parakram Parv’ while sharing the photographs on their social media pages.
Prime Minister Modi along with Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Sitharaman Friday visited the Jodhpur military base where he inaugurated an exhibition and attended the Combined Commanders' conference to mark the Parakram Parv on the second anniversary of the surgical strike.
At Jodhpur's Konark War Memorial, paid homage to the brave soldiers who protect our nation.
India will always be grateful to our armed forces. pic.twitter.com/6SqjChxFLJ— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 28, 2018
Talking about other celebratory events across India, universities on September 29 celebrate Surgical Strike Day following a written request by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to the Vice-Chancellors of the varsities all over India. The Haryana government has organised a state-level function in Jhajjar district to observe the Surgical Strike Day.
Also, Navy planned a two-day event starting September 29 in Mumbai and Goa to commemorate the second anniversary of the surgical strike carried out by the defence forces in 2016 to smash terror camps across the LoC.