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Randeep & Kailash visit Kargil war memorial ...


Actor Randeep Hooda describes his recent visit to Kargil’s Drass sector as “overwhelming” and urges everyone to visit the war memorial at least once. 
The actor visited the memorial ahead of the Kargil Vijay Diwas , which is on July 26. After his return, the actor chronicled his experience via Instagram and Twitter through words, photos and videos. Randeep’s visit was part of an event organised by an NGO. He was also accompanied by singer-composer Kailash Kher.
“The experience was surreal, standing amidst those who have been safeguarding our nation at such harsh terrains. It has to be with so much discipline and, obviously, passion for their jobs. I felt belittled standing amidst them and at the same time, there was a sense of pride. As many as 559 people died in the war and I was reading their names. People from various parts of India coming together at the line of control, laying low their lives for the sovereignty of our country,” says Randeep, sounding deeply moved.
Sharing more from his journey, Randeep talks about visiting the war memorial, the biggest in the country, on the way from Srinagar to Leh. 
“Many must have already visited the place and I think a lot more people should go there to get an idea of the never ending sacrifice of our soldiers. Those deployed there are not just soldiers, they are also citizens of this country...they are like you and me. They are chosen to do this job but that doesn’t mean that their lives are meant to be like that. Such bravehearts deserve our utmost love and support for sacrificing their precious lives for the nation,” he says, adding that he had a wonderful time meeting army officers and jawaans. Randeep also had the chance to meet their families, who are their support system.
Talking about his memories of the 1999 Kargil War, Randeep says, “I was studying in Australia at that time when we heard about the war. Not just the war, the after effects also bothered me. And thinking about Kargil Vijay Diwas, I am reminded of it all over again. Such things also make me realise that it’s high time we understand what these people are doing rather than sitting in the comfort of our homes and politicising such situations,” he adds.