Monday, October 16, 2017

Happy Deepavali 2017 : Things Everyone Should Know About {Diwali}


Diwali is the Hindu Festival which is celebrated every year in the month of October or November. This year Diwali in 2017 will be celebrated on 19th October. The Word “Diwali” is derived from the Sanskrit word “Deepavali” which means a row of light. Diwali is also known as “Dipotsavam” which means “Festival of Lights”. Not just India, it is also an official Festivals in many countries like Malaysia, Singapore and Suriname, etc.  Diwali 2017 is a symbol of victory of Light over Darkness and Good over Evil.

Why is Diwali Celebrated? 

Why do Hindu’s Celebrates Diwali?

Diwali is a Five-day Celebration, there are many reasons Diwali2017 is celebrated and they are listed Below:

  1. Homecoming of Lord Ram: One of the most important reasons to celebrate Diwali is the return of Lord Ram, Lakshman, and Maa Sita to their Kingdom “Ayodhya” after defeating the Devil King “Ravan”. On this day people ofAyodhayawelcomed their King Lord Ram and decorated the entire city with earthen Lamps “Diyas”.

  2. Lord Krishna Killed Narakaasur: On the 4th Day of DiwaliFestival Lord Krishna defeated the Demon Narakaasur and rescued more than 16k women from his slavery. 

3.      Goddess Lakshmi: There is a belief that on the day of Diwali. Goddess Lakshmi (Goddess of wealth) arrives at the home of the people and bless them Wealth, Luck, and Prosperity. That’s a reason people worship Goddess Lakshmi along with Lord Ganesh.

Why do Sikhs celebrate Diwali?

Sikhs on the day of Diwali celebrates Bandi Chhor Divas, on this day Guru Har Gobind freed himself along with few Hindu Kings from the prison of Mughals and arrived at the Harmandir Sahib (also known as the Golden Temple), from that day Sikhs celebrates Bandi Chhor Divas. The Golden Temple is decorated with special lightings, Fireworks, etc.

Why do Jains Celebrates Diwali?

Diwali 2017 is also an important day for Jains across the world. Jains celebrate Diwali as a day of remembering Mahavira. On Diwali morning people prays to Mahavira and offers Nirvana ladoo in Jain temples.

Why do Buddhist Celebrates Diwali?

In Nepal, Newar Buddhist Celebrates Diwali same way as Hindu Celebrates. It is also known as Diwali – Tihar festival. Newar Buddhist also prays to Goddess Laxmi and Lord Vishnu on Diwali.

Diwali 2017

Diwali is the most awaited and happiest festival in India and Nepal. On this day, people renovate, paints and clean their homes, decorates them for DiwaliDiwali is also the biggest shopping season in India, people purchase new clothes for themselves and families, exchanges gifts, electronics sales are at peak during this time. Many companies and shopkeepers also give discounts to people to attracts customers to themselves and to maximize sales and profit.

People working in different cities or country take a leave from their job as well as the students studying in the hostels also takes a leave from the schools because everyone wants to celebrate Diwali  2017 with their family members in the hometown. The trains, buses and even the airplanes are full on this season. That’s why people book the tickets before the season begins.

During Diwali 2017 people also purchase gifts for their friends and relatives, especially sweets and Dry-fruits. Women’s decorates the home and makes a beautiful Rangoli on floors of the home or near doorsteps. People also use electronic lights, diyas (earthen lamps) to remove every darkness of their home and welcome the Goddess Laxmi. In evening people pray to Lord Ganesh and Goddess Laxmi for Health, Wealth, and Prosperity in life. And later, light the firecrackers, they cook delicious foods and mouth-watering sweets for Happy Diwali festival. People play many games such as card games, dice, dance, music, etc. And light the firecrackers after the prayers.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

A few suggestions, offered in good faith, in my personal capacity, because I Like the Raksha Mantri : Air Chief Marshal PV Naik (Retd)

I DO NOT know why but I like the new RM. I have tried to analyse the reason. She looks sincere and she has worked hard in her previous ministry. I first saw her as the Party spokesperson. She exhibited logic, patience and a good command over both Hindi and English. Her fighting spirit, toughness and bulldog tenacity were there for all to see. In effect she became a prominent public figure during the run up to the 2014 elections. Then she was given independent charge of Commerce and Industry ministry. 
What surprised me was that after becoming a junior Minister, she totally vanished off the TV screen. To me this showed simplicity and good judgement. Her appointment as RM was, indeed, a pleasant surprise.
The RM has done her graduation and Masters in economics. I expect her to be peripherally aware of Defence issues as much as any other Minister. Now the whole ‘khichdi’ is in her lap. She is a Cabinet Minister. She is a member of the CCS. Everybody will be watching her performance because she is the first lady to take charge of the Defence set up. 
Many would like her to stumble and fail. I am sure many more would like her to succeed. By now, definitely she is up to her ears in files and briefings and every second person must be telling her what to do and what to watch out for. 
It is a tough field. There has been a lack of continuity and the problems are pressing. The timing is such that I do not envy her. 
I would like to help, in my own little way, if I may.
Ma’am, the first thing you must have realised is that you do not have a lot of time. The General Eelections are less than two years away. 
Hence it is vital to prioritise issues that can be dealt with in this time frame. 
The second facet to understand is that the Defence Ministry is unlike any other. 
All other ministries have a singularity of purpose. All members of the ministry work towards the same aim. 
In your Ministry it is ‘us’ versus ‘them’. Through the Seventies, Eighties and the Nineties, the bureaucracy continued to acquire disproportionate powers vis-à-vis the Service Chiefs. The bureaucracy conveniently points to the “Government of India Transaction of Business Rules” framed in 1961 under the constitutional powers of the President of India. These documents continue to guide the conduct of business by the Government of India. 
It is instructive to read the document. Under these rules, the three Service headquarters were designated as “Attached Offices of the Department of Defence”, and are therefore placed in a position subordinate to the DoD. The Service Chiefs, as professional heads of the three Armed Forces and with an experience garnered over a period of at least four decades, found no mention in these rules. The Secretary Department of Defence on the other hand, according to these rules, is responsible for Defence of India and every part thereof including preparation for defence and all such acts as may be conducive in times of war to its prosecution and after its termination to effective Demobilisation. 
It is, in fact, a crying need that the Armed Forces must be integrated with MOD and become a part of the decision making apparatus. We should start small, say at Director level, and make it work before taking it further. This, ma’am, is the first step. Without this, the rest is cosmetic – just ‘lipstick’.
The next step is to ‘see the lie of the land’. You must visit Siachen. Visit Tawang and Arunachal. Visit Nagaland. Visit forward areas in Rajasthan. Go to the forward units. Mingle with soldiers. Share a cup of tea in an enamel mug. Eat fresh pakodas in a cracked plate. 
Do not give them speeches but talk to them and listen to them. 
You will get an idea of their life spent in the service of the nation. Appreciate the hardships. Please visit the forward Air Force and Naval bases. The aim is to gain the trust of the soldier. 
Promise them only what you can deliver. But deliver on your promises.
Learn to trust your Chiefs of the Army, Navy and the Air Force. These are officers who have been through the mill for almost four decades. They carry a wealth of knowledge and experience in matters pertaining to military security. Harness this wealth. Give them easy access to your office. I can, personally, vouch for all three, ma’am. Their loyalty is already absolute. As a corollary, you, too, must gain their trust. I am sure you have already started having briefings every morning. 
May I suggest you avoid this temptation. Do not concern yourself with routine. 
Nothing would please the bureaucracy more than to tie you up with routine and the mundane. I think a weekly meeting with the Def sec & the Chiefs would suffice, but do minute these meetings for follow up. 
For military grievances, ask military advice. For a solution, involve both the military and the babus. 
Please, for heavens’ sakes, do not take military decisions based solely on the shadow files created by Babus. Do consult the Chiefs.
The premier need of all three Services today is equipment – Tanks, guns, aircraft, ships, weapons, ammo. Please give it top priority. May I sincerely urge you not to fiddle around with DPP. Instead, remove the blockages. Find out who is responsible for delay and let the heads roll. Today’s procurement cycle is about six to eight years. 
The PM’s policy of ‘Make in India’ is vital for us. In the two odd years available to you, try to clear the way for Private sector to participate in Defence production. Try to create a level playing field. They are ever so willing to contribute. 
Ma’am, I would urge you to view HAL and DRDO with more than a modicum of concern. They are monolithic and need critical surgery. Ideally, they need to be sub-divided into manageable entities under professional management. 
Presently, just make them more accountable. The serious business, leave it for your longer innings.
Many will try to convince you that a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) is the answer to all ills, a sort of panacea. May I suggest you not touch this subject even with a long barge pole. You do not have the time. 
Of course, a CDS is required in six or eight years’ time. After WWII almost every country had some sort of a CDS. The jointness, however, was conspicuous by its absence. 
In UK it was the Iron Lady, Maggie Thatcher, threatening dire consequences, that brought in a reluctant jointness. In the US they had to enact the Goldwater- Nichols Act through the Congress. 
Do you have the time? Best leave it to the second innings. The mantra should be re-equip and re-arm. Reforms can be taken up later.
I should like to paraphrase a passage from Chanakya’s advice to his king. 
“If ever things come to a sordid pass, O King, when, on a given day, the Mauryan soldier has to LOOK BACK over his shoulder (‘Simhawalokana’) prompted by even a single nagging worry about his and his family’s material, physical and social well being, it should cause you and your Council the greatest concern and distress! It is my bounden duty to caution you, My Lord, that the day when the Mauryan soldier has to demand his dues or, worse, plead for them, will neither have arrived suddenly, overnight nor in vain. It will also bode ill for Magadha. For then, on that day, you, My Lord, will have lost all moral sanction to be Rajadhiraja! It will also mark the beginning of the end of the Mauryan Empire!!”
I think Chanakya brings out very clearly what the society owes a soldier. His self respect must never be trifled with. Do not be lulled by the term’ equivalence’. A soldier’s task is a thousand times more onerous. The rest, ma’am I leave to your decency and judgement.
I saw pictures of your visit to the Navy. You also launched an all women sailing expedition to circumnavigate the globe. Perfectly fine. 
Just a small reminder. You are a lady RM and not a ladies’ RM. You are a soldier’s RM, both men and women. My wife says she has tremendous faith in you. In fact, I speak for all soldiers. 
We have high hopes in you. Whether you tow the Party line or represent the soldier constituency only time will tell. 
Let me candidly share with you, ma’am. Win a soldier’s trust and see what it feels like. It is a fantastic feeling.
God forbid that I should ever be so presumptuous as to offer advice to anyone holding such a high station. Shared above are just a few suggestions, offered in good faith, in my personal capacity, because I like the RM.

(Source : Via Gp e-mail from Col  NK Balakrishnan (Retd)& 017/10/08/i-like-the-raksha-ma ntri/ )

Why downgrading the military will hit the Modi government hard The nation and its people will pay it back in the same coin in the next elections : Maj Gen Harsha Kakar (Retd)

Attempts to downgrade status of the armed forces has been an ongoing process ever since Independence. At the time of independence, there was mutual dislike between the polity and the Army, which was exploited by the civil services. The Army had been a tool with the British to curb the freedom struggle, in which all political leaders of post-Independence had been a part of. Hence, they disliked the military, to the extent that Jawaharlal Nehru had remarked that a peaceful nation does not require an Army.
The Army on the other hand, maintaining the British legacy, possessed a disdain for politicians, the feelings being mutual.
The political leadership considered armed forces to be an instrument of imperial strategy guided by the British, and not Indian interests. Hence it planned on degrading the Army's status to suit the nation’s requirement.
The very first action taken by the government was to abolish the post of the commander-in-chief (C-in-C), who was the single point advisor on all military matters to the government, akin to a chief of defence staff, an appointment the nation presently requires and was amongst the most powerful members of the government.
Appointing of independent service chiefs resulted in the armed forces headquarters being separated and placed under functional control of a civilian controlled defence ministry, which continues to date.
With the passage of time, with coups in neighbouring Pakistan and Myanmar, fears began rising in the Indian polity of a similar possible action within India.
As has been the military ethos, it neither complained nor objected and accepted every decision of the government, including reduction in pensions, degradation in status vis-à-vis other services and even in the warrant of precedence.
The polity felt that degrading the military’s status, they could be moved away from the government and decision-making, thus reducing chances of a coup. Post the 1962 debacle, the government got its way, the cabinet secretary was appointed and the chiefs made subordinate to him. The Army proved its mettle in 1965 and '71, yet was let down by an ungrateful government headed by Indira Gandhi, in pay, pensions and stature.
As has been the military ethos, it neither complained nor objected and accepted every decision of the government, including reduction in pensions, degradation in status vis-à-vis other services and even in the warrant of precedence. Such actions have continued over decades, with no response from the armed forces hierarchy or the rank and file. Service chiefs remained muted and silent spectators, since most were from the old school of thought, considering it to be in the interests of democracy.
The situation began to change with the emergence of social media, enhanced awareness among the serving and veterans, increased role and projection of the Army in every sphere of national activity, either battling militancy in the Northeast or Kashmir, floods, earthquakes or even during civil disturbances.
The respect from the national public, which had largely remained subdued or silent began to grow manifold, giving a voice to the concerns of the silent soldier.
Most of the armed forces serve in cantonments and locations away from society and the bureaucracy, except co-located civilians belonging to services paid from the defence fund. Hence, most have little to no interaction with the bureaucracy on a regular basis. Simple degradation only in status (not salary) mainly impacts those posted to service headquarters in Delhi, who are involved in direct interaction. The higher an individual’s appointment in Delhi, the more he is impacted.
Seniority within the government of India, between different services is based on salary or grade pay, hence those junior in service, but obtaining a higher-grade pay, are deemed senior. This became a major issue even within the armed forces after the release of the Non-Functional Upgradation (NFU). The release of NFU to all other central services, less the armed forces, led to major functional problems even within the service.
Civilians being paid from the defence budget, including the Military Engineering Service (MES), establishments like the DRDO, quality assurance, dockyards etc, who serve alongside the military suddenly jumped up notches, based on this additional package. Hence, while he was posted under a military officer, he refused to accept directions, claiming he was senior due to his salary. This made working conditions within the service as also with the bureaucracy in Delhi difficult.
Further, the attitude of the government, in supporting the bureaucracy and denying the military similar benefits, including its sudden downgrading in the Seventh Pay Commission increased heartburns and internal anger. The Seventh Pay Commission was the ultimate insult, resulting in the three service chiefs, rejecting its implementation, despite directions from the defence minister. This has happened for the first time in independent India. The anger was such that the PM had to intervene and direct the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), functioning under the PMO, to re-examine it.
The disappointment over the well-planned strategic degradation began to spread across the rank and file. While those serving remained quiet, as per their ethos, the veterans alongside the common Indian, whose respect for the armed forces continues unabated, jumped into the fray to challenge such unilateral and insulting actions.
With an unrelenting government, continuing on the warpath, there was no option but to approach the courts. The case is now in its final stages in the Supreme Court.
For the bureaucracy, the only option to gain a favourable judgment and hammer the final nail is to downgrade the military to a Group ‘B’ Service (from the Group A service it presently is). This game has been seen through by the military’s well-wishers and its veterans. The veterans have now planned a mega rally against it at the end of the month in Jantar Mantar, the venue of the OROP agitation. The equivalence commission is also being closely watched, solely to ensure that justice is given to the silent soldier, serving in remote corners of the nation to ensure its security.
Never again will this grateful nation permit the government to maltreat its military, like the Seventh Pay Commission has done. Never again would they permit the military to be downgraded, as they seek to now. The common Indian has spoken, the nation will forever respect the military’s sacrifice and valour.
Attempts by the government to downgrade it, would impact it where it hurts the most, votes in the coming elections.
(Source : Daily O)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017



1.  R&W Section(Corpus)/DIAV provides education grant to the wards of soldiers who die in harness.  It  also includes suicide cases and there is no bar on number of children.  Education grant is presently available for the academic year 2017-18.  Last date of submission of documents is   30 Nov 2018.  Application forms can be sent directly to R&W Section, and there is  no requirement of authentication from  Zila Sainik Board.  Details of welfare schemes/grants are as under :- 
Welfare Schemes

Education Grant
Class 1st  onwards including suicide cases. 
Class I to VIII
Class IX to Class XII
Rs   14000/-
Rs 20,000/-
Post Graduation
Rs 25,000/-
Professional Course
Rs 50000/- (Max)
Widow Higher Education.                                       
 Widows of soldier who die in harness.
Rs 20,000/-
Post Graduation
Rs 25,000/-
Professional Course
 Rs 50,000/- (Max)
One time Computer Grant. 
For wards and widows pursuing graduation and above.
Rs 35,000/-            
Daughter’s Marriage/Re-marriage of widow/
Orphan Son’s marriage.
Rs 1,00,000/-          


Welfare Schemes
Modification of Car/Modified Auto scooter       Soldiers disabled while  in service.  The individual should be an amputee/ paraplegic  or who requires support for walking, clearly spelt out by the Army medical authority.
Rs 70,000/-(Max)
Wheel Chair/ Second issue of Wheel Chair.       Soldiers disabled while  in service.  The individual should be an amputee/ paraplegic  or who requires support for walking, clearly spelt out by the Army medical authority.
Rs 50,000/- (Max)
Motorised Wheel Chair
   Soldiers disabled while  in service.  For quadriplegic cases only.
Rs 2.25 Lacs (Max)       
 (Case to case basis)
Modification  of  Bathroom.
Soldiers who get disabled while in service with 100% disability and wheel chair bound.
Rs 40,000/-


            Welfare Schemes
Education  Grant .
After first degree course
Post Graduation
Rs 25,000/-
Professional Course
Rs 50,000/-(Max)
Widow Higher Education                                                  
Rs 20,000/-
Post Graduation
Rs 25,000/-
 Rs 50,000/- (Max)
One time Comp Grant. 
For wards & widows   pur-suing graduation& above.
Rs 35,000/-            
Daughter’s Marriage/Re-marriage of widow/ Orphan Son’s marriage.
Rs 1,00,000/-          


Welfare Schemes
Education Grant                   After first degree course
Post Graduation
Rs 25,000/-
Professional Course
Rs 50,000/-(Maximum)
Modification of Car/ Modified Auto scooter        Soldiers disabled while  in service.  The individual should be an amputee/ paraplegic  or who requires support for walking, clearly spelt out by the Army medical authority.
Rs 70,000/-(Maximum)
Wheel Chair/ Second issue of Wheel Chair.     Soldiers disabled while  in service.  The individual should be an amputee/ paraplegic  or who requires support for walking, clearly spelt out by the Army medical authority.
Rs 50,000/- (Maximum)
Motorised Wheel Chair  
Soldiers disabled while  in service. For quadriplegic cases only.
Rs 2.25 Lacs (Max)
(Case to case basis)
Modification of Bathroom
Soldiers who get disabled while in service with 100% disability and wheel chair bound.
Rs 40,000/-
Daughter’s Marriage/ Re-marriage of widow/ Orphan Son’s marriage.
Rs 1,00,000/-          

2.          D
ocuments to be submitted for education scholarship are as under :-

(a)          Application form duly countersigned by the Principal of the school/college.

(b)          Fees receipts in original for the academic year 2017-18.

(c)          Copy of the mark sheet of the class passed, as on Mar 2018.

(d)          Copy of the service booklet to include the details of wards.

(e)          A cancelled cheque of the bank account..

(f)           Mobile number must be mentioned and should be in use.

3.      There is only one form for the education grant, one time computer grant and widow higher education. Application forms can be downloaded from their website      

4.         Contact details are as under :-
            Director (Corpus)
            Rehabilitation and Welfare Section
            Directorate of Indian Army Veterans (DIAV)
            AG’s Branch, Integrated HQ of MoD (Army)
            Adjacent to Central Org ECHS
            104, Cavalry Road, Delhi Cantt -110010
            Tele No  :  33344 (Army)

            Tele - 011-25674067 (Civil)

Col RK Nayar (Veteran)
Mob no -9818993868 
Director ( Corpus ) 
R&W, Section, DIAV

(Source : DIAV & )