The Kargil War took place between May and July in 1999.
Beginning shortly after May 3, when local shepherds informed the Indian Army about Pakistani incursions on various heights in Kargil, battles raged on for two months amidst some steep and rocky hills, in icy temperatures.
After much fighting and incredible bravery by the Indian Army and Air Force, the war was won by the end of July.
The official end of fighting - July 26 - is celebrated as Vijay Diwas.
It was a difficult war, fought by brave men. And when it ended, a grateful nation awarded four Param Vir Chakras to various members of the armed forces.
Their bravery will not be forgotten. Indeed, 19 years after the war, memories of those difficult days remain strong.
Now, to be clear - it is difficult to imagine, without going through the experience, the memories and pain of the families who have lost loved ones in this war - or any war for that matter.
“Dad, I may not be able to return home to be a part of our family again. Even if I don’t make it, do not grieve for me because I have already decided to give my best for the nation.”— Capt. Neikezhakuo Kenguruse in his last letter to his father
I wondered if any memories of the war remained with my colleagues, right here at The Better India office.
Surprisingly, I found quite a few, including a somewhat forgotten aspect of the battle!
"My memory of the Kargil War revolves around stories my uncles and elder cousins told me about their participation in the war. Not as soldiers, but as volunteers serving the cause. Ladakhis were organised into porter companies carrying critical arms, ammunition, food and water, among other essentials. I heard stories of how my cousins and uncles delivered these essentials in the heat of the battle, despite the danger to their lives. In fact, as per the Indian Army estimate, nearly one male member of every Ladakhi household served as a porter!"Our senior correspondent, Rinchen Norbu Wangchuk
Of course, the most spectacular thing about memory is how fluid it can be. Like how the long-held memory of a father changes over a short call.
Copy Editor Gayatri Mishra always believed her father was transferred just as the Kargil War began, and thus was not a participant. But a quick call home for unearthed a surprising truth.
"I was in Vishakhapatnam, studying in Class 8 when the Kargil War broke out. My father is a former Naval Officer, and I remember that he left on a "work trip" or TY Duty (Temporary Duty) as it is known, for a few months.
As I found out, the Indian Naval ship that my father was posted on, was one among the many patrolling the Arabian Sea and was stationed about 14-15 nautical miles from Karachi Harbour.
While the war didn't affect us directly, the tension was apparent, and there was a sense of relief when he returned," she says.
Largely, daily worries from those days tend to dominate memories of 1999.
A passing moment in history for us - a day, a week or a month - is often remembered as seemingly endless periods of silent waiting for the families.
A feeling only those who experienced truly know.
"Though not directly, my father was part of the transport operations for logistics support in the war from the Indian Air Force. So, Kargil was a topic of conversation almost every day during the time. I must have been seven or eight years old then. But I do remember being quite tense for my dad."—Lekshmi Priya, Correspondent
Brave and tragic deaths, tensions and secret missions - this is a theme common to all wars. And Kargil was no different. A war that affected many of us, even when it was not obvious, it remains a cornerstone of modern Indian culture - broadcast as it was straight to our homes.
We honour those who gave their lives for the nation and thank those who did their part - visible, overlooked or secret, even as we keep all aspects of it alive through our shared memories.
If you have any memories of the war, do share them with us and our readers in the comments below.