India was busy celebrating then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's successful Lahore visit. Pakistan was busy putting its pawns in place for war with India.
The battleground was high, the terrain was inhospitable, the task was tough. The Indian soldier's resolve was stronger, and the enemy got a fitting battering.
And it has been seven years today, seven years since our pride was restored.
Because July 26 is Vijay Divas, the day we celebrate our victory in the Kargil War, the day the Indian soldier helped us hold our heads high.
Guarding Our Pride: An Indian Army memorial service for Kargil War heroes in Dras, about 180 km east of Srinagar.
Photograph: Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images
Earlier Slide Show: Kargil's first hero