Even as Pakistan was claiming great military and diplomatic successes in its Kargil misadventure, a pitiably nervous Nawaz Sharif visited the White House.
On Friday, Prime Minister Modi had recalled his visit to Kargil in 1999 during the India-Pakistan war and described as "unforgettable" his interactions with the soldiers.
Fathers of Amarpreet, Bakhtawar and Hitesh were among the 527 soldiers who were killed in the over two-month-long war fought atop jagged peaks and amid freezing temperatures.
Madhusoodan said though every soldier would yearn to take part in a war, many would return without actually participating in one.
The President was scheduled to take part in the function at Drass War memorial in the morning but bad weather prevented him from reaching the venue.
The general officer commanding-in-chief paid tributes to the soldiers who laid down their lives in the 1999 Kargil war at a solemn wreath-laying ceremony at Fort William.
He was speaking in Lok Sabha on the 20th anniversary of Kargil conflict as Parliament paid tributes to Indian soldiers.
Fauji kid and wife, Rachna Bisht Rawat, has documented families who are still seeking closure after Kargil War.
In 2011, the Hindustan Aeronautical Limited signed a contract to upgrade the existing Mirage 2000 to Mirage 2000-5 Mk, increasing the jet's life span till 2030.