Today is the 22nd Kargil Vijay Diwas, which commemorates India’s victory in the Kargil war of 1999 and pays homage to the martyred soldiers. To mark the occasion, 75 soldiers of the Indian Army, astride the recently launched Jawa variant in new khaki and midnight grey colours and the Indian army logo emblazoned on the tank, undertook a ride to Kargil.
The ‘Dhruva Kargil Ride’ is the first in this series and celebrates the 22nd ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’ as well as the 75th year of Indian independence. The main ride was flagged off from Dhruva War Memorial by Subedar Sanjay Kumar, PVC under the aegis of Headquarter Northern Command in Udhampur, comprising of 25 riders on Jawa motorcycles led by Lt. General YK Joshi (UYSM, AVSM, VrC, SM, ADC) GOC-in-C, Northern Command, who rode all the way up to the finishing point at Kargil War Memorial in Drass.
Alongside this main ride, subsidiary rides were flagged off from Naushera, Srinagar and Karakoram Pass completing a count of 75 motorcycles to mark 75 years of India’s Independence. All four groups converged at Kargil War Memorial, Drass to further participate in the Kargil Vijay Diwas 2021 on July 26.
Lt. General YK Joshi said, “The sacrifices made by the soldiers of Indian Army are not only remembered but also recognised to inspire the current and the future generations. Therefore, this effort of ours – the Dhruva Kargil Ride – is to remember the fallen heroes during Operation Vijay and also to revive, rekindle and reinvigorate the spirit of patriotism amongst the youth. We are excited that Jawa Motorcycles has come forward to partner with us on this ride and this gesture adds to the enthusiasm of the participating riders. We also recognise the efforts of the company under its Forever Heroes initiative towards the welfare of armed forces personnel.”
Ashish Singh Joshi, CEO, Classic Legends said, “It is a proud moment for us as our recently launched Jawa Khakhi and Midnight Grey motorcycles, which proudly bear the Indian Army insignia, are ridden to Kargil by the brave men and women of the Indian Army to celebrate the 22nd Kargil Vijay Diwas. This is another step towards strengthening our association with the Indian Army and marks the beginning of a series of celebratory rides that we plan to do this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1971 war victory. Our soldiers are our true heroes.”