India's first indigenous nuclear-powered submarine was launched in Visakhapatnam on Sunday as the country marked the 10th anniversary of the victory over the Pakistani intruders in Kargil - and the coincidence was not lost on National Security Advisor MK Narayanan.
"Both were successes for us," replied Narayanan when asked if the launching of the submarine on the 10th Kargil Victory Day signified anything.
The 110-metre long submarine, resembling a giant black shark, was tugged out of the Ship Building Centre in Visakhapatnam. The Indian Navy flag fluttered atop the vessel and the sailors in snow-white uniform proudly saluted the dignitaries present to witness the momentous occasion.
It was on July 26, 1999, that India finally wrested the peaks in Jammu and Kashmir from the Pakistani intruders.