Women Motorcyclists Rally : Delhi to Kargil War Memorial

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Army Chief General Manoj Pandey flagged off the women's motorcycle squad.
Chief of the Army Staff General Manoj Pande (COAS) flagged off the Kargil Vijay Diwas 2023 Tri-services ‘Nari Sashaktikaran Women Motorcycle Rally’ from National War Memorial, Delhi. General Manoj Pande interacted with the 25-member team comprising VeerNaris, Serving Women Officers and military spouses.
The Team will traverse approximately 1000 kilometers  across the arduous terrain and challenging riding conditions to reach Kargil War Memorial at Dras, Ladakh .Motorcyclist will pay tribute to the soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice during the KargilWar which was fought between India and Pakistan.

Army Chief General Manoj Pandey met the participants of ‘Women Empowerment MotorCycle Rally’

The team consists of  women soldiers serving in all the three wings of the military . There are also wives of soldiers and those VEER NAARIS  whose husbands made supreme sacrifice for the call of duty . General Pande interacted with each motorcyclist .  Dedicated to women empowerment the rally is titled ‘Nari Sashaktikaran Women Motorcycle Rally .

General Pande alongwith his wife flagged off the rally. Other senior officers of the army too attended the occasion with their wives. To see off the members of the motor cycle team, their family members also came and wished them a successful journey.

Kargil War:
The women riders  will pay tribute to the soldiers  at the Kargil War Memorial in Dras ,  who laid down their lives in the 999 war . The Kargil War  was fought between India and  Pakistan.  India had lost 527 of its soldiers in the Kargil war whereas 1363 soldiers got injured. Pakistan has officially confirmed that 453 of its soldiers were killed in this war. An American report says that Pakistan lost around 700 soldiers in the Kargil war. This war started in the month of May 1999 and its decisive battle was fought in the last week of July 1999.

Area Challenges:
Dras is a part of the Kargil district of Union Territory of Ladakh. It is one of the coldest and most difficult geographical locations in the world. Fighting here is a big deal, even living a simple life in all the twelve months of the year is no less than an achievement in Dras. To reach this part of India ,  by road ,  one goes through Srinagar but on the way we have to cross the dangerous Zozila pass.  This road remains closed till March-April due to heavy snow in winter. Now an all weather tunnel is being constructed  here, after completion of which there will be land connectivity between Kashmir and Ladakh for the entire year.