The real victory of the Vijay Diwas is far from reality. The martyrdom of 4,000 soldiers in the Kargil War is all but a waste if the international border issues between Pakistan and India continue to happen.
The ceasefire violations over the past two years are proof enough that nothing has changed since the Kargil war. We continue to pay our respects on the marked day and then continue to forget.
As India fails to come to a truce with its neighboring country Pakistan, here's trailing the years since the Kargil War showing how the years have been for former and present soldiers.
Ceasefire violations: Just the year 2014 saw close to 562 ceasefire violations. Considered to be the highest in 11 years, killing even more soldiers at the front.
The 'friendly ties' between the two nations was not stamped even by the exchange of gifts across the border. While we continue to take the Gandhian stance against our more aggressive counterparts, unaware of the civilian deaths and the deaths of the soldiers, we also prove the mental inability to face the reality.
Soldiers continue to live in a psychologically unstable environment, pushing them to the brink of nervous breakdowns and suicide.
Underarmed and underprepared: A look at the DRDO and the HAL can give one a clear view of the condition of the defence systems in India. In a report by a leading newspaper in June, the Hindu cited the inability of India to produce the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), which was commissioned over a decade ago but ran years behind schedule with an extra cost of Rs.5,000 crore.
The Aircraft's Kavery engine is behind schedule with similar overruns. Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) System, the naval version of the LCA, the Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LRSAM), and the Advanced Lightweight Torpedo (ALWT) have all missed their deadlines.
The ordinance factories are in a similar condition. For instance, the Nalanda ordinance factory, in collaboration with Israel is just one-fourth complete. What more, the DRDO had set the target of meeting 70 percent of the defence needs by 2005. But, even a decade later, the target has not been met. Ironically, the country's defence production company is busy developing dental implants and mosquito repellents.
Justice for Kargil martyrs Saurabh Kalia and his soldiers: The family of the martyrs of the Kargil War wait patiently for justice that may never happen.
The brutally mutilated bodies of Saurabh Kalia and his men Arjunram Baswana, Mula Ram Bidiasar, Naresh Singh Sinsinwar, Bhanwar Lal Bagaria and Bhika Ram Mudh are evidence of the brutal regression that the army jawans face at the border.
And if killed, the government plays a silent spectator. Kalia's father wants the government to approach the International Court of Justice, but India does not budge as it feels it is an international issue.
Meanwhile, Pakistan claims that the team dies due to extreme weather conditions. Although, it is not known, which kind of climate involves piercing of the ear drums with iron rods, genital mutilation, cutting the limbs, fracturing the skull, and punctured eyes.
OROP: Why do soldiers and ex-armymen still have to fight for their rights? Just going gaga over their services does not help. The scheme was supposed to be implemented in 2008 and was adopted by the government in the budget of 2014-2015, but has now gone under wraps. Protest as much as you want, veterans, the government will just salute you and march off to another election victory with a different agenda.