Sunday, February 26, 2017

PRESS NOTE : APPEAL TO ALL EX-SERVICEMEN BY SAINIK WELFARE DEPT, GOVT OF TELANGANA

సైనిక సంక్షేమ కార్యాలయం తెలంగాణా ప్రభుత్వం : మాజీ సైనికుల వివరాల నమోదు మరియు ఆధునీకరణ 

   మాజీ సైనికులు, వారి కుటుంబ సభ్యుల సంక్షేమము కొరకు సైనిక సంక్షేమ కార్యాలయం   తెలంగాణ ప్రభుత్వం ఏర్పాటు చేయబడినది.  సైనికోద్యోగులు  ఆర్మీ, నేవీ,  మరియు ఎయిర్ ఫోర్సు  నుండి రిటైర్  అయిన  వెంటనే  సంబందిత పత్రాల తో  సైనిక సంక్షేమ శాఖ  ను సంప్రదించిన తరువాత మాజీ సైనికుల పేర్లు నమోదు చేసుకుని ఐడెంటిటీ  కార్డు ఇస్తారు. 
ఈ మధ్య కాలము లో   గుర్తించినది ఏమనగా  కొంత మంది  మాజీ సైనికులు ఇంత వరకు తమ పేర్లను తమ జిల్లా   సైనిక సంక్షేమ కార్యాలయము లో నమోదు చేసుకోలేదు. అందువల్ల  కేంద్ర  మరియు రాష్ట్ర  ప్రభుత్వము ఇచ్చే ప్రయోజనాలు  మరియు రాయితీలు మాజీ సైనికులకు చేరటము లేదని  గమనించటమైనది. ఆర్హత  కలిగిన మాజీ సైనికులు  ప్రయోజనాలు పొందాలి అనేది మా ముఖ్య సంకల్పము. అందుకు ప్రతీ మాజీ సైనికుడు  జిల్లా సైనిక సంక్షేమ  కార్యాలయము లో పేర్లు  నమోదు చేసుకుని ఆధునీకరణ  (అప్డేట్) చేసుకోవాలి.  
            చాలా మంది మాజీ సైనికులు చిన్న వయసులో త్రివిధ దళాల నుండి పదవీ విరమణ చేసి బయటకువస్తారు.    సర్వీసులో ఉండగా లేక పదవీ విరమణ తరువాత  వివాహం చేసుకుంటారు. కానీ వారి   కుటుంబ సభ్యుల  వివరాలు  ఆ సంబందిత రికార్డ్స్ లో నమోదు చేయించుకోవటము లేదు. దీని వలన, దురదృష్టవశాత్తు మాజీ సైనికుడు   మరణించిన  యడల  మాజీ సైనికుని వితంతువు కు పెన్షన్ మంజూరీ కి  చాల జాప్యం జరుగుతుంది.  
కొంతమంది మాజీ సైనికులు   సర్వీసు కాలం లో లేక పదవీ విరమణ చేసిన తరువాత పుట్టిన పిల్లల పేర్లను నమోదు చేయకపోవటం వలన  వారికి రావలిసిన విద్యా రిజర్వేషన్  మరియు  స్కాలర్షిప్ లను కోల్పోతున్నారు. మరి కొంతమందికి నమోదు చేసుకున్నపేరు  ఆధార్ కార్డు లేక పాన్ కార్డు లో బ్యాంకు ఎకౌంటు లో ఊన్న పేరు తో వ్యత్యాసం ఉండటము వలన ఆర్ధిక ప్రయోజనాలు  అందించటములో జాప్యం జరుగుతున్నది.
   అన్నింటి కంటే ముఖ్యముగా   గమనించిన విషయం   ఏమిటంటే మాజీ సైనికులు పదవీ విరమణ ముందు బ్యాంకు లో ఒక సింగిల్ ఎకౌంటు మరియు ఒక జాయింట్ అకౌంట్తెరుస్తారు. కాని వారి పెన్షన్ సింగల్ ఎకౌంటు లో వచ్చుచున్నది. దీని వలన మాజీ సైనికుల మరణానంతరం  ఆ బ్యాంకు ఎకౌంటు లో  వితంతువు కు పెన్షన్ లభించటం కొరకు మరల  మిలిటరీ రికార్డ్స్ ఆఫీస్ లకు రాసి  వారి పెన్షన్ తెప్పెంచుటకు కనీసం 6 నెలల నుంచి సంవత్సరం వరకు సమయము పడుతుంది. కావున  మాజీ సైనికులు అందరు  వారు పెన్షన్ పొందుతున్నటువంటి బ్యాంకు ఎకౌంటు ను తమ  భార్య పేరు తో  జాయింట్  ఎకౌంటు గా మార్పించు కోవాలి అని కోరుచున్నాము.  తమరి భార్య పెన్షన్  పేమెంట్  ఆర్డర్  లో ఊన్న పేరు తో మాత్రమే బ్యాంకు ఎకౌంటు  లో జాయింట్ గా నమోదు చేసుకోగలరు. 
ఫైన తెలియ చేసిన కారణాల దృష్ట్యా సైనిక సంక్షేమ శాఖ తెలంగాణా ప్రభుత్వం వారు  ప్రతి జిల్లా లో   అవగాహనా సదస్సులుకూడా ఏర్పాటు చేసి  మాజీ సైనికులకు ఐడెంటిటీ కార్డు  మరియు వివిధ రకముల  ప్రయోజనాలు తెలియజేయచున్నారు.  అంతే కాకుండా  పెన్షన్ సంబందిత సమస్యలు తీర్చుటకు  స్టేట్ బ్యాంకు అఫ్ ఇండియా, స్టేట్  బ్యాంకు అఫ్ హైదరాబాద్ మరియు ఇతర బ్యాంకు లతో కలిసి పెన్షన్ అదాలత్ ఏర్పాటు చేసి పెన్షన్ ప్రాబ్లెమ్స్ ని  తీరుస్తున్నారు.  
 ఎవరైనా   మాజీ సైనికులు లేక వారి వితంతువు లు  గతం లో  రిజిస్ట్రేషన్ చేయించుకుని   ఐడెంటిటీ కార్డు  పోంది వున్నారో  వారు కూడా  వారివారి   జిల్లా  సైనిక సంక్షేమ  అధికారి ని  కలిసి క్రింది  తెలిపిన పత్రాల ను అందచేసి తమ దస్తావేజులను ఆధునీకరణ చేసుకోగలరు అని కోరుచున్నాము. ఈ దస్తావేజులు పోస్ట్  ద్వారా కూడా పంపవచ్చును.   
ఎ) డిశ్చార్జ్ సర్టిఫికేట్/ సర్వీస్  సర్టిఫికేట్
బి) పెన్షన్ పేమెంట్ ఆర్డర్
సి) ఆదార్ కార్డు
డి)  కాన్సిల్ద్ చెక్ లేక  బ్యాంకు పాస్ పుస్తకం  ఫస్ట్ పేజి
ఇ) పాస్ పోర్ట్ సైజు ఫోటోగ్రాఫ్స్ (04) 
మాజీ సైనికులు ఒక ఈమెయిలు  ఎకౌంటు ఓపెన్    చేసి  తమ ఈమెయిలు  ఎకౌంటు పేరు అండ్ మొబైల్ నెంబర్ వారి  జిల్లా సైనిక సంక్షేమ  కార్యాలయం   కు అందించ గలరు.   దీని ద్వార వారికి అందే రా యితీల గురించి వారికి ఎప్పుడుదప్పుడు ఈ మెయిలు లేక ఎస్ ఎం ఎస్  ద్వారా తెలియజేయబడును.
మాజీ సైనికులందరూ 31 మార్చ్ 2017 వరకు తమ దస్తా వేజులు పంపి ఆధునీకరణ చేయించు కోగలరు అని విజ్ఞప్తి చేస్తున్నాము.    

                                                                                           కర్నల్ పి. రమేష్ కుమార్ 
సంచాలకులు
సైనిక సంక్షేమ  కార్యాలయం తెలంగాణ


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REGISTRATION WITH SAINIK WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND GET THEIR DOCUMENTS UPDATED AND COMPUTERISATED

   The Sainik Welfare Department, Telangana  looks after the welfare of Ex-Servicemen and their dependents. The Ex-Servicemen, i.e the retired personnel from Army, Navy and Air Force are provided with an Identity card by Sainik Welfare Department immediately after retirement on production of their retirement documents.

    It has come to the notice of Sainik Welfare Department, Govt of Telangana that some Ex-Servicemen are still not registered or are not updated their documents with the Sainik Welfare Department due to which the benefits due from State and Central Government are not reaching them.
   
    Most of the Ex-Servicemen retire young and the names of their wife and children are not updated in the documents at the time of retirement due to which their widows have to do extensive documentation after the death of Ex-Servicemen to get family pension.  Similarly, the names of children are also not updated due to which it becomes difficult to provide reservation in education and scholarships.  It is also seen that there are discrepancies such as spelling mistakes in the names of the wife and children due to which they are facing severe hardship at the time of sanctioning family pension and other benefits. Similarly their names are not matching with Aadhar card or PAN card due to which their pension claims are getting delayed.

The Ex-Servicemen open one Single account and one Joint Account in Bank at the time of retirement.  A large number of cases have come to notice where the Pension accounts of Ex-Servicemen are single accounts and the same account number is mentioned in Pension Payment Order.  The Joint account becomes inoperative after six months or so due to which the widows do not get their pension immediately after the death of the Ex-Servicemen. 

The ageing and ailing widows have to do extensive documentation after the death of the Ex-Servicemen and their pension gets delayed for a number months and at times even years. The Office of Director Sainik Welfare and Zilla Sainik Welfare Offices have resolved a number of such cases in the last 2 years.  The Director Sainik Welfare has also taken up the issue with Army HQs and they have issued orders to all Army units.  

All ex-servicemen are requested to get their Single Pension accounts converted into Joint accounts as per the name of the wife in Pension Payment Order.

Sainik Welfare Department has been conducting a number of Camps all over the State educating the Ex-Servicemen and their dependents on the above aspects.  Sainik Welfare Department has also conducted Pension Adalat to resolve the pension related grievances with banks such as State bank of India and State Bank of Hyderabad. Action in hand to conduct similar Pension Adalat with other hands.

All the Ex-Servicemen  and widows of Ex-servicemen who have not registered themselves with Sainik Welfare Department are requested to visit the office of their Regional/Zilla Sainik Welfare offices and get themselves registered by providing one copy each of the following documents alongwith original for verification:

a)  Discharge Book /Service Particulars.         
b)  Pension Payment Order (Only for Pensioners).
c)   Aadhar card
d)  Cancelled Cheque or First  page of the Bank pass book.
e)  Passport size Photograph(04)

Those Ex-Servicemen  or widow  who have registered  earlier but not provided these documents are also requested to provide these documents so that their records are updated.   They can also send the documents by post to their Zilla Sainik Welfare Office or to the Director, sainik Welfare, Sainik Aramghar Complex, Near Yashoda Hospital, Somajiguda, Hyderabad.

All Ex-servicemen are also requested to open an email account and submit their email ID and Mobile number to the Zilla Sainik Welfare Department so that all important information  may be sent to these though mail and SMS.

Director Sainik Welfare, Hyderabad has now computerised the records of Ex-Servicemen so that benefits can be provided efficiently& by faster means.  

The ESM can now register online by visiting www.telanganasainik.org They can also apply for grants applicable to them online.

I request the Cooperation of all Ex-Servicemen and their dependents in updating their records so that the benefits applicable to them may be provided to them faster and in an efficient manner.

They can visit the Office of Regional/Zilla Sainik Welfare Officer on any working between 10.30 AM and 5 P.M. and submit their documents for updation or registration.  All old case will be entertained till 31 March 2017.

May I request your kind cooperation to kindly publish suitable article an all editions of news papers in the State so that maximum number of Ex-Servicemen and their dependents are benefited. 

                                                                        DIRECTOR

SAINIK WELFARE 


(Source- Via Gp e-mail)                               



LEGAL HELP/COUNSEL REQUIRED



Veteran NK SureshNath from uthranchal is aggreived that he is not getting pension despite of service little short of fifteen years.We understand the case to be filed either at Allahabad AFT or at Delhi. Can any Advocate among our veteran community takeup his case. Kindly comment or call me on 9442946688
regards

KKrishnamoorthy5
Comments
Kamlesh Shukla Tell him to contact me 941578550, I got pension for 13 years service, Lucknow AFT.

(Source- F/B Account of JWO K Krishnamurthy Air Vet)

7th Pay Commission: Announcement for higher allowances after Assembly election results

New Delhi, February 25: Almost eight months have been passed now and the Central government employees are waiting to receive higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations in their paychecks. Some reports suggest that the government is likely to make an announcement on higher allowances after assembly elections results of five states which will be declared on March 11.
In June 2016, the union government approved the recommendations made by the high-powered committee on 7th Pay Commission and promised to pay higher basic pay with arrears, effective from January 1, 2016. But the hike in allowances other than the Dearness Allowances (DA) is yet to materialise.
The recommendations made by the 7th Pay Commission was wrapped up in June 2016, but more than 53 lakh central government employees are not given any assurances, as they are still waiting for payments owed them ie: higher allowances.
Some reports suggest that the delays are because the ‘Committee on Allowances’ headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa had recommended to abolish 51 allowances and subsuming 37 other allowances out of 196 allowances.
Earlier the Committee on Allowances were initially given a time of four months to submit its report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. In October 2016, Ashok Lavasa was quoted by some media organisation saying he was ready with the report.
However the committee was given an extension till February 22, 2017, to submit its report in the backdrop of demonetisation and the government said that the cash crunch was the reason behind the delay in announcing the higher allowances. 
Once the Assembly elections are over in five states, the government is likely to clear the nod to revise allowances. Some reports suggest that the revised allowances are expected to be effective from April 1, which marks the beginning of the new financial year.
According to The Sen Times report, which quoted a source said that the report on Committee on Allowances states the current HRA slab is 30 per cent of the basic pay for metros. An announcement on the same is expected soon.
On the other side, the 7th Pay Commission had recommended reducing the house rent allowance (HRA) to 24 per cent of basic pay as against the 30 per cent of basic pay employees were drawing under the 6th Pay Commission.
(Source- http://www.india.com/news/india/7th-pay-commission-announcement-for-higher-allowances-after-assembly-election-results-1872540/ )

Friday, February 24, 2017

PM Shri Narendra Modi unveils 112 feet statue of "Aadi Yogi- The Source of Yoga" in Tamil Nadu




(SOURCE : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYTZcZUCidw&feature=em-lss )

ANDHRA BANK IS RECRUITING SECURITY GUARDS IN TELANGANA STATE

Dear All

Andhra Bank is recruiting Security guards in Telangana

No of Vacancies; 48

Age:  Below 45 Years (General) 48(OBC) 50(SC/ST)

Rank:  Havildar and Below ( Including Hony Nb Sub) and equivalent

Education: Minimum: 10th Pass
                  Maximum: 12 th Pass ( Below Graduation)

Medical: SHAPE 1/AYE

Character: Exemplary

District wise vacancies and reservation as per social categories is attached.

No of Vacancies:  48
Hyderabad : 19 ( SC-3, ST 2, OBC 6, UR 8)
Ranga reddy: 4( SC 1, OBC 1, UR 2)
Vikarabad    : UR 1
Jagtial          : SC 1
Karimnagar  : OBC 1
Mancherial   : UR 2
Sircilla          : UR 1
Jogulamba    : ST 1
Wanaparthy  : OBC 1
Suryapet       : UR 2
Nalgonda      :UR1
Nizamabad    : 3( SC 1, OBC 1, UR 1)
Kamareddy    : UR 1
Medak            : UR 1
Kothagudem  : SC 1
Khammam     : ST  1
Warangal        : OBC 1
Bhupalapally  : UR 1
Mahabubabad : UR 1
Medchal          : 4( SC 1, OBC 1, UR 2)

Please approach your Zilla sainik Wefare officer and apply immediately before 28.02.2017

Thanks and Regards,

Col.P.Ramesh Kumar (Retd)
Director, Sainik Welfare
Telangana

(Source : Via Email)

INTERACTION WITH GOOD SUGGESTIONS : PMOS OFFICE

My following suggestions to PMO fell on deaf ears but would request like minded officers to continue suggesting what in their view is good for NATION. This would be productive in long run & give an opening to all of us to be constructive.


Grievance Description:Respected Hon'ble PM, Sir,

After seeing course correction to bring the nation on progressive track, the initiatives taken by Govt are commendable only a leader with total resolve a vision can take risks knowing fully well the vested interests in current system would backbite using all tricks of the trade mastered over decades.
Earlier my over reach was to arrest wastage of most trained man power in the form of ex-servicemen retiring very early. The Nation needs a strong mechanism to bring revolutionary ideas to percolate to last man in a vast diverse society such retiring soldiers coming from every nook corner of Bharat can do the same, as is called as IMPLEMENTATION.
The new dispensation, be it a Ministry or any other form of administrative outfit but running manned by ex-servicemen only in SERVICES STYLE would do wonders at 50% cost to NATION.
Let bureaucracy continue to upgrade for better delivery of services to the people but schemes as complex as perceived like Demonetization etc would have been augmented with a committed organisation working in tandem with the existing infrastructure demonstrating a better feedback control on a gigantic activity.
My aim of yet another over reach relates to numerous holidays which are an eyesore to a progressive India in global scenario.
Nation deserves 3 national holidays on 26 Jan, 15 Aug 2 Oct. Keeping the secular nature of the nation, all other holidays be made restricted religion based ones be quantified uniformly to ensure workable attendance in all organisations.
Employees can be asked in beginning of the year their choices keeping function-ability in view, their choices met. Once done, the ill effects on environment etc would get checked automatically competitive spirit to outdo amongst religious activities arrested to a large extent.
To top it all, Govt related celebrations given importance to satisfy the next generation orient them towards National ethos.
Earned leave casual leave across working class, be it Govt or Pvt to be rationalised to get rid of disparity prevailing.
The exceptions would be Armd forces , BSF Para Military in challenging areas only....a paradigm shift to current uniformity.
The basis remain same of maximum man hours for growth of Nation.
Integration of such moves would bring in cultural change in working in most of the Govt Services as a healthy accountable system is the need of the hour.
My salute to you thanks for viewing such uncalled for suggestions. With Regards, Lt Col Y C Mehra(Retd)
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(Source- via Gp e-mail from Lt Col YC Mehra (Retd)

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Enemy Within Wants The Sword-Arm Of The Indian Republic Mothballed - I KNOW WHICH CATEGORY I AM PROUD TO BELONG TO : THE DEAD SOLDIER'S SILENCE SINGS OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM:: BY JAY BHATTACHARJEE

For a number of years, this writer has studied the intricate issue of why certain countries, civilisations and regimes implode and / or self-destruct over a period of time.  After many analyses and assessments, carried out over hundreds of years, all these civilisations were diagnosed as having suffered from severe and debilitating weaknesses in their basic structure.

This was the essay I wrote in 2014, a few months before the tsunami that swept away the Congress juggernaut: http://indiafacts.org/collapse-of-dynasties-a-congress-case-study/.

Basically, I studied the parallels between pre-revolutionary France in the 18th century, Tsarist Russia at the beginning of the 20th century, and the creaking structure on Raisina Hill that reeked of decay and disease. Even when the rotten and well past its sell-date Congress-UPA regime was practically obliterated by the Indian electorate, the oligarchy of the Gandhi-Nehru-Gandhi cabal made sure that the new government would have its work cut out.

The new kids on the block were absolute bacchas when compared to the old bandicoots. The outgoing lot did not carry out a scorched –earth policy but something that was much more sinister, diabolical and effective. The Congresswallahs left behind carefully planted land mines, 5th columnists (in the true sense of the term) and moles in every branch of the national administration. The financial resources at the command of the embedded agent provocateurs are humongous – the bhakts and the saffronwallahs (as the nationalist forces have been contemptuously labelled by storm-troopers of the earlier junta) had absolutely no idea about what they would have to contend with, after May 2014. 

The basic problem that our ancient Indic civilisation grapples with is a societal fault-line that is appallingly dangerous – one that many Indians (of great sagacity and insight) do not want to face or acknowledge. This is the wedge of Islamic terror that history has bequeathed to us after Pax Britannica left our shores unceremoniously and in ignominy. ln fact, it was worse – it was a devil’s pact between the Congress and the British Government which ensures that independent India (despite its enormous progress in many fields) is viciously handicapped by a demographic time-bomb.

Bhadralok Indians find it beneath their dignity to look at what is ticking below their bed. A century of Gandhian brainwashing and indoctrination has left our elite trying to whitewash the stains and to put up curtains behind which murder, mayhem, treachery and sell-outs are being planned. The entire Indian body-politic is a rotting carcass with the maggots crawling everywhere.

The only institution that prevents this ancient civilisation from complete collapse is something that very few social scientists would or could have predicted – the country’s armed forces. This is a phenomenon that defies logic. How does an institution staffed by people with the same DNA and socio-cultural roots as the rest of the population resolutely manage to stay clear of the deadly (and spreading) virus that afflicts the vast majority of the other citizens? Can 5-7 years of rigid and dedicated training and indoctrination in isolated environments produce a Homo Indicus so markedly different from, and superior to, the rest of the population?

The mystery is compounded by the fact that the Services are basically a colonial residue that the Anglo-Saxon rulers of Hind bequeathed to us. Somewhere down the line, they mutated into a different species. Yes, the surface symbols of the old Raj continue but there is a marked change. The professionalism andélan survive, although the overwhelming ethos, now, is a mixture of service to the nation and a lasting commitment to protect it against all dangers.    

In theory, the dangers that the armed forces are trained to combat and neutralise are external threats from India’s enemies. In practice, what our sword-arm is confronting is the enemy within – a scenario that is the soldier’s worst nightmare. It does not require rocket science to identify the main elements that comprise the domestic enemy. 

They are the bureaucracy, the 4th Estate (primarily the English MSM), the country’s Anglophone intelligentsia, the political elements allied to the old Gandhi-Nehru-Gandhi gang and others venomously opposed to the entire Indic civilisational ethos. To this explosive cocktail, we must add the commercial and economic actors who are always looking at additional profit opportunities they can extract from the unstable national scenario. Per se, this listing does not have any ranking, based on threat capabilities or risk. Let me put it in another way – all these termites are working in tandem or in a spirit of understanding.

I must add a caveat at this stage or I will be accused of unprofessional exuberance about our men and women in olive green, blue and white. There are those in our armed forces who have succumbed to the lure of money, rank, privileges and position. However, this is still a minuscule and microscopic percentage compared to those on civvy street.

And now, it is high time to discuss the ground realities. The key elements in the current canvas that we need to focus on are Kashmir, the North East, the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, Islamic terror from across the border and within, and the rules of engagement that the anti-terrorist operations must adopt.

Let me spell out once again what is the actual situation: India, today, is facing an existential threat. If you don’t realise this, you are living in cloud-cuckoo land and you don’t need to read this essay further. 

Pakistan and its 5th columnists in India are using every trick in the trade to ensure continuous ferment and terror in the Kashmir valley and also in the rest of the country. There are districts and regions in the Indian Republic that have become virtual no-go areas for the agents of the Indian state. Without going into details that are available readily in the public domain, we have 5 districts in West Bengal, a number of regions in Kerala (with Mallapuram in the lead), a huge swathe in western UP, three districts in Assam, and some parts of Tamil Nadu and Bihar, where the mosque, the minaret and the mullahs rule the roost. Similarly, in large parts of the North-East, it is the gospel and the church pulpits that are more important than the Constitution and the laws of India. In the Kashmir Valley and in some areas of the North-East, the guns and the bombs are the ones doing the speaking.

And what are the desi politicos, the scribes and the jholawallahs (in JNU etc) doing while this savage attack on our nation-state is being perpetrated? The Congresswallahs in 24 Akbar Road and 10 Janpath have been in a frenzy ever since General Rawat, the Army Chief, announced a few days ago that civilians who pelt stones and throw petrol bombs on Army units will be treated as terrorists. The junior partners in crime of the Congress, assorted little political groups, have also joined the chorus. In no other modern democracy do we see such obscene posturing when it comes to national security
Never mind that this policy enunciated by Gen. Rawat should have been implemented two decades ago and without the Army Chief announcing it in public. A little later on, I will briefly refer to the way that other countries in recent times have dealt with fundamental threats to their nation’s social and political fabric.

The 4th Estate had to weigh in, sooner or later. There is this female pen-pusher who came out with an obscene rant about the Army targeting “its own citizens” or some such drivel. Not to be outdone, a disgraceful weasel (most regrettably a retired Army officer) also joined the fray. This fellow has spent his last few years cavorting with a Pakistani front organisation in the U.S. and Canada to campaign for India to withdraw from Siachen. Earlier, he was pushing for the IAF to buy an American aircraft in the MMRCA deal, though it was not at all clear how he was qualified in any way to talk about fighter aircraft, since he was a glorified tank driver at best.  

And now a little trip back in history to find out how countries defend their basic interests when their existence is threatened. The great Emperor, Napoleon, is one of my idols. He introduced modern law and jurisprudence in Europe through the Code Napoleon, that still continues in some form or other. In March 1804, the Duke of Enghien, who was plotting with the assistance of the English to overturn the French revolutionary regime, was staying in Germany in a castle near the French border. Napoleon and his colleagues assessed the threat posed by the Duke and his English allies, and decided that Enghien had to be neutralised. A platoon of French soldiers crossed the Rhine into Germany and captured the Duke on the night of the 14/15 March. The traitor was brought back to France, tried and executed. Napoleon always maintained that the French Republic’s safety and security were paramount and had to be protected. Do we spot any resemblances with the current Indian scenario?

In 1942, shortly after the German invasion, the Volga Germans in USSR were expelled from the border region where they had stayed for hundreds of years and re-located to interior areas of the country, far from the war zone. The Soviets justified it on the ground that they did not want the risk of the Volga Germans collaborating or fraternising with the invading German army. This had recently happened in many countries of Europe, particularly in Czechoslovakia, where the sizable German population in the border region of Sudetenland actively worked with Germany to destabilise the Czechoslovak Republic. The parallels between Kashmir and the events from the past are eerily similar.

It is time now to get back to the present scenario. All of us, who are couch-potatoes or cannot see beyond our noses, should be clear on some basics. Ours is a culture and civilisation that has contributed immensely to human existence. If you don’t know this or even want to know it, you are bananas. Not worthy of being part of a recorded history of around 5000 years. Bollywood and biryani, Billy Bunter and Enid Blyton (like those disgraceful fellows and women in the newspaper that started from Bori Bunder) are the outer limits for your mind and intellect, or what passes for them.

The only institution that stands between our survival and extinction is the Indian military. There are a number of our fellow citizens, very voluble, loud-mouthed, powerful and well-connected, who would like to mothball our armed forces. And billions who don’t know much about what they owe our soldiers, but who go to sleep every night as free Indians, whether on the pavements, jhuggis or their homes. I know which category I am proud to belong to.

The dead soldier’s silence sings our national anthem!



About the Author: Jay Bhattacharjee comes from a family of both Freedom-Fighters and members of the Armed Forces. He is a Delhiite and runs his own Advisory Practice in Finance and Corporate Law.