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    IMA Continuity drill

    An astounding video featuring continuity drill presented by the IMA. Set against the majestic backdrop of Chetwode and accompanied by the IMA brass band with some truly memorable martial music,  here is a spellbinding and spectacular performance by our cadets. Synchronisation, ingenuity, precision, physical fitness and creativity combine to make this an awesome example of the pursuit of excellence. This was an outstanding effort involving 64 cadets of the 140th Course in Dec 2016.

    Watch when you have the time and you will feel elated and proud.
    Long live our gallant armed forces. Jai Hind.

    Marshal of Indian Air Force Arjan Singh passes away in New Delhi at 98

    Marshal of Indian Air Force Arjan Singh passes away in New Delhi at 98
    Marshal of IAF Arjan Singh. File photo

    Ajay Banerjee

    Tribune News Service

    New Delhi, September 16

    Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh passed away at the Army Research and Referral Hospital here on Saturday, according to the reliable sources. However, an official confirmation still awaited.He was 98. He was promoted to the five-star rank in 2002.

    Arjan Singh is the only officer of the Indian Air Force to be promoted to five-star rank, equal to a Field Marshal, to which he was promoted in 2002.

    He was Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) from August 1, 1964 to July 15, 1969, and was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 1965.

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    He became the first Air Chief Marshal of the Indian Air Force to be upgraded to the position of Air Chief Marshal from the rank of Chief of the Air Staff in recognition of his Air Force’s contribution in the 1965 war.He took retirement from services in 1970 at the age of 50.In 1971, he was appointed as the Indian Ambassador to Switzerland. He concurrently served as the Ambassador to the Vatican.


    ARMY LOWELY PAID AND STATUS DEGRADED BUT ALWAYS CALLED IN HOUR OF NATIONAL CRISIS::: DERA ISSUE EXPOSES Haryana Police

     

    Police ‘reluctant’ to search dera

    Sushil Manav

    Tribune News Service

    Sirsa, August 31

    The Haryana Police have no immediate plan to enter Dera Sacha Sauda in Sirsa to sanitise its premises even though searches are being carried out in Naam Charcha Ghar in many other towns across the state.It is being alleged that the state government is avoiding search of the dera till paramilitary forces and the military are deployed in the area, as recovery of any incriminating material or weapons will cause it much embarrassment. The government in a report submitted to the Punjab and Haryana High Court after the Rampal incident had given the dera the clean chit.“We will inform you if and when we have any plan to enter the dera,” Sirsa Deputy Commissioner Prabhjot Singh told The Tribune.However, police sources confirmed that there was no immediate plan to enter the dera as there were no such orders from the higher authorities. “The state government is deliberately avoiding entering Dera Sacha Sauda lest the Army and paramilitary forces get to know about its connivance with Ram Rahim Singh. The government had given the clean chit to the dera in a report submitted to the Punjab and Haryana High Court after the Rampal incident,” said Lekh Raj Dhot, a senior advocate from Sirsa.After the Rampal incident, the High Court had ordered a search of Dera Sacha Sauda to unearth illegal arms and ammunition and periodical monitoring of its activities in view of intelligence inputs that ex-servicemen were imparting weapon training to dera activists.“When Sirsa administration and police officers went to search the dera, they were made to leave their weapons and security guards outside. The dera men took the officials to the places of their choice and they were made to sign on the dotted line, as per the directions of the BJP government. Now, if the Army and paramilitary forces recover illegal weapons, it will be a major embarrassment for the government,” said Dhot.Meanwhile, the district authorities today relaxed the curfew in areas around dera buildings for three hours. However, residents alleged that the police harassed those who wanted to go towards the Arnianwali road.Meanwhile, the situation in Sirsa town remained peaceful throughout the day. Most of the schools and colleges, except those managed by the dera, were open though the attendance was very thin.

    5 cops sacked for bid to ‘free’ dera chief

    Key confidant in custody, four on run

    5 cops sacked for bid to ‘free’ dera chief
    Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. File photo

    Chandigarh August 31

    The Manohar Lal Khattar government today dismissed five Haryana policemen in convicted Dera Sacha Sauda chief’s security team for trying to “free” him after the special CBI court verdict on August 25, even as the incharge of dera mouthpiece “Sach Kahoon” Surender Dhiman Insan, facing sedition charges, gave himself up at a police station here. A local court remanded him in police custody for seven days.Of the five dismissed cops — Ajay, Ram Singh, Vijay Singh, Balwan Singh and Sub-Inspector Krishan Das — three were trained commandos. They, along with dera’s two private security guards Pritam Singh and Sukhbir, were initially booked under Section 307 (attempt to murder) and the Arms Act with sedition charges slapped later. (Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd)In the ‘Z plus’ security team of the dera chief for several years, they had allegedly “slapped” an IG-rank official, scuffled with two more senior officers and blocked a police vehicle at the Panchkula Districts Courts Complex.Meanwhile, lookout notices have been issued against dera spokesperson Aditya Insan and three others, booked for “inciting violence”. An alert has been issued to ensure they did not flee the country. — TNS


    Live To Fight Another Day: That Is What The Mutual Withdrawal From Doklam Means by Lt Gen Syed Ata Husnain

    Live To Fight Another
Day: That Is What The Mutual Withdrawal From Doklam Means

    SNAPSHOT

    What should make us all happy is that the Prime Minister is going to BRICS Summit without having to be worried about the borders.

    After all it’s always good to live to fight another day; where and how soon, only time will tell.

    Authorised media in both India and China has announced that both nations have been in diplomatic engagement, as a result of which there is mutual agreement to disengage troops from the Doklam Plateau. The latter landmark, with which much of the Indian public now appears familiar, lies at the eastern edge of the Chumbi Valley and is a territory belonging to Bhutan.

    In June this year, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) decided to construct a road through the plateau, which it claims as its legitimate territory, to bring its logistics reach nearer the Indian post of Doka La near the tri-junction, where the boundaries of India, Bhutan and China meet. By doing this the PLA was in effect also improving its operational and logistics capability to threaten India’s highly strategic and vulnerable sliver of territory called the Siliguri Corridor. This corridor provides India the only land access to its seven north eastern states. The PLA activated this front after an interval of time through this road construction.

    However, Indian troops crossed over to Bhutanese territory and prevented further construction of the road. A 72-day standoff ensued which has had both countries and much of the international community on tenterhooks. It was a strange military standoff, where both sides maintained their balance, did not resort to any physical shootouts and apart for the initial jostling between the troops (and on India’s Independence Day a more serious exchange of stones, sticks and fisticuffs in a different area) only continued to attempt staring each other down. That was on until the announcement on 28 August 2017 that mutual disengagement had been agreed upon.

    A few more issues of the background may be relevant for full public comprehension. This standoff was not anywhere on the un-demarcated Line of Actual Control (LAC) of which perceptions differ and which leads to transgressions into each other’s perceived territory. This was on a third country’s territory and India has the 2007 agreement with Bhutan for mutual assistance in the event of threats to each other’s security.

    The PLA has gradually increased its activities of transgression over the last 15 years or a little more. There have been standoffs in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh too, but none have had this kind of vitriolic backing of crude psychological warfare through the instrument of the official media in China; both Global Times and People’s Daily carried typical government drafted messages without any subtlety and Chinese television channels included commentaries by some analysts in terrible English. That the standoff has ended is a reflection of maturity on part of the two countries despite the fact that China had made it clear that there was no way its troops would leave the Doklam area.

    It has happened before the BRICS Summit coming up early next month in the Chinese city of Xiamen, where Chinese President Xi Jinping will play host to the important club of middle powers. One of the reasons for the mutual disengagement appears to be the potential embarrassment to Xi Jinping in his stewardship of the summit. That obviously is the whole reason. I did appreciate that the standoff would probably continue at lower level of displayed energy right through to the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party where Xi Jinping’s future power and status will be decided.

    Quite obviously, the PLA’s gambit had not worked and although it adopted the concept of war under ‘informationised’ conditions over two decades ago, its crude handling of psychological warfare proved ineffective. If anything, it hardened India’s resolve to risk what may be called ‘sticking it out’.

    The standoff moved through some interesting strategic moments. While China expected India to withdraw forthwith due to a perception of the latter’s supposed weak military disposition, it did not have a ‘Plan B’ ready that would cater for the eventuality of India deciding to stick it out. Fresh from its perceived strategic success in the South China Sea, and after defying the ruling of the international tribunal, China possibly felt it could ride rough shod over India. It hoped to appropriately send India a message by embarrassing it in a military confrontation; that message was equally for nations with whom India is in potential league for strategic partnerships, Japan in particular.

    As the standoff progressed into a long stalemate, the advantage appeared to shift to India creating a situation, where a mutual disengagement through diplomatic negotiation would end to India’s moral advantage. The inability of an adversary to achieve its strategic aim is long considered a victory by the other side. However, care needs to be taken not to call this disengagement a victory for India.

    The term ‘victory in conflict’ (and the conflict spectrum does classify this standoff as a conflict) is one of the most debated terminologies in military parlance. The management of victory isn’t the easiest even for the most seasoned diplomatic corps or military because it has negative spinoffs which can hardly be perceived immediately. Thus the situation may well be termed as ‘advantage India’ without spelling out the domain, diplomatic or military. While many may contest this and hawks would like to project victory for various reasons, they need to be cautioned because this is not the end of Sino-Indian confrontation. The likelihood of needling and triggering similar or near similar situations through ‘walk-ins’ across the LAC in other areas such as Ladakh, Barahoti and Arunachal Pradesh, would remain live.

    India’s strategic analysts must not be drawn into the victory defining game and would do much more justice if they pressurised the government to ensure that the long-pending and slowly-progressing border infrastructure is hastened as much as the acquisition of hardware and ammunition for which sizeable recent financial allocations have been made. It must not return to business as usual in these crucial fields. What is even more important is not to be led away to believe that only quiet diplomacy succeeds.

    In future situations, the possibility of the intense need for a developed and well thought through communication strategy may be a virtual compulsion. How is this to be done and which body, institution or organisation has the professional expertise to undertake this is a question mark. This time China did not use its force multipliers such as cyber warfare but possibly tested some models in the live environment. The next time this will be a crucial domain and India must step up its expertise in this through a combination of military cyber and information capability, largely manned through civilian intake. That will deliver permanence and specialisation at the cutting edge, while uniformed personnel can lend it a military orientation.

    One of the earliest analyses of the Doklam standoff done by me suggested a line that China would keep India engaged at the land boundaries through unresolved border disputes and frequent standoffs. The purpose of these operations would be to lend weight to India’s obsession with continental security. The urgency with which India needs to ramp up its maritime capability cannot be over emphasised. That will have China worried especially if strategic partnerships with the US, Japan, Australia, Vietnam and South Korea are established in the maritime domain, and Malabar-type exercises get progressively enhanced in scope. After all, as they say, China is still a landlocked country; its access to the Pacific does not give it the advantage it seeks. It is the Indian Ocean that it looks at. The Indian Ocean has a distinct Indian advantage and China’s worries about its energy security and trade stem from that.

    At the end of the day what should make us all happy is that the Prime Minister is going to BRICS without having to be worried about the borders. After all it’s always good to live to fight another day; where and how soon, only time will tell.


    DC was left to fend for herself Injured young officer pressed Army into action to avoid Jat stir repeat

    DC was left to fend for herself
    DC Gauri Parasher Joshi surrounded by security personnel in Panchkula on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR

    Nitin Jain

    Tribune News Service

    Chandigarh, August 26

    It could have been a repeat of the unprecedented Jat agitation violence that had rocked Haryana in February 2016, if Deputy Commissioner Gauri Parasher Joshi had not pressed the Army into action when violence and arson reigned supreme in Panchkula on Friday.(Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd)After being outnumbered by the thousands of rampaging dera followers, the local police had fled the spot, leaving the young officer to almost fend for herself.It was her experience of having served in the Naxal-affected district of Kalahandi in Odisha that helped the 2009-batch IAS officer from Odisha cadre, who is on deputation to Haryana, not only to save her life but also to save the situation from totally slipping out of control.The Panchkula violence and arson left at least 32 dead and more than 250 persons injured, besides damaging property worth crores of rupees.As the mob turned violent on hearing the news of the conviction of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the 36-year-old District Magistrate faced stone-throwing by the rampaging dera followers, who had swarmed Panchkula for the past couple of days, for some time by herself, as the police force beat a hasty retreat (read fled the spot).During the ensuing violence and arson, this mother of an 11-month-old suffered injuries and even her clothes got torn. Left alone with a single PSO, she then decided to go to her office and issue an order to hand over the situation to the Army, which helped avoid further deterioration of the situation.In the chaotic situation, she again returned to the field. “It was the concern for the city, which was on the boil, that remained uppermost in my mind,” said the bureaucrat.On Saturday, Gauri reached home at 3 am but not before going around every nook and corner of the city and seeing for herself that the situation had been brought under control after dispersing the rioters. After spending a few hours, she left again for the field.During the violence on Friday, the injured DC continued to boost the morale of the district machinery. “When I reached home in the wee hours, the family was shocked to see my blood-soaked clothes,” shared the journalist-turned-bureaucrat, an English Literature postgraduate from Delhi’s St Stephen’s College.“She, however, still refused to go to hospital, saying that the hospital resources were too stretched and did not want to dislocate their work for her relatively less serious injury,” recalled her 2003-batch IAS officer husband Ajit Balaji Joshi, who is the Deputy Commissioner in Chandigarh.


    Sirsa DC orders attachment of Dera’s assets

    Sushil Manav

    Tribune News Service

    Sirsa, August 27

    Deputy Commissioner Prabhjot Singh on Sunday ordered assets of Dera Sacha Sauda to be attached, following the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s Friday order.

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    The high court had ordered the sect to pay for the losses of property caused by its followers after its head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was found guilty of rape on Friday.

    Thirty-six people died and hundreds were injured in clashes that broke out after Singh was held guilty of sexually assaulting two female followers in 2002.

    A court will announce Singh’s sentence on Monday.


    27 yrs on, retired colonel gets 5-yr jail in disproportionate assets case

    CHANDIGARH: Twenty-seven years after a retired colonel was booked for corruption, a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court awarded five years jail to him on Tuesday.

    Colonel BS Goraya (retired), 75, has been held guilty under Sections 13(1) and 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The CBI court has also imposed a fine of ₹1 lakh on him, for acquiring properties disproportionate to his assets. It was among the oldest cases at the Chandigarh district courts.

    “Being a senior army officer, he was having a responsibility to keep a watch over the conduct of his subordinates,” stated the judgment. “Instead of becoming a role model for society and bring pride for the nation, he grossly misused his high position and committed criminal misconduct to accumulate huge wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income by illegal means.”

    Between January 1, 1987, and August 8, 1990, Goraya, a Sector-9 resident, and some of his family members — wife Parveen Goraya, daughter Manveen Goraya and one Guninder Singh — acquired properties valued at ₹82.6 lakh. Of these, they could not account for properties worth ₹72.7 lakh, the CBI had claimed. However, while pronouncing the order, the court of Gaganjeet Kaur said assets worth ₹66.94 lakh were disproportionate to his known sources of income.

    A case was registered against the Colonel General Staff (engineer headquarters, Western Command) in August 1990.

    During the hearing on Tuesday, Goraya pleaded for leniency in sentence, stating that he was 75. He said his wife was 72 and a heart and diabetes patient, hence dependant on him.

    In February this year, the court of chief judicial magistrate (CJM) Akshdeep Mahajan had sentenced Goraya to two-year rigorous imprisonment for selling his agricultural property that had been attached in Punjab.

    The CBI had also pointed that Goraya had not paid any property returns, except in 1987, after joining the army. In March this year, the HC dismissed Goraya’s plea challenging the trial court decision of not allowing examination of additional witnesses.

    Senior public prosecutor Pawan Dogra and public prosecutor KP Singh represented the CBI.

    The defence plans to move the high court as early as this week.

    UNEXPECTED, SAY KIN

    Goraya’s family members, including his daughters, son and grandson, were present in court the entire day. The former army officer,who was seen lifting his family’s spirits before the quantum was pronounced, looked equally grim after the order.

    Disturbed by what they called “unexpected”, family members were seen consoling each other as Goraya requested cops to let him talk to his daughter in private.

    A LONG DELAY

    The FIR was registered on August 6, 1990, post which Col Goraya was put under suspension on August 17,1990, and dismissed from service on March 19, 1993

    The challan in the corruption case was filed by the CBI in 1993, as the inquiry was pending all this while

    The cross-examination and recording of evidence by investigating officer Makhan Singh alone took seven years. It was carried out through video-conferencing from the PGIMER as Col Goraya developed a serious heart ailment The defence got seven months to present witnesses

    According to defence counsel SPS Bhullar, who especially summoned the senior superintendent of police (SSP) when the case was registered, SSP Negi did not give clear answers during cross-examination. He stated he didn’t remember most of the facts during the investigation

    The retired colonel didn’t engage a lawyer initially and was “forced” to appear in person. He deposed in court on Tuesday that only towards the “fag end of the case, was he able to engage a lawyer”

    As per judgment, the convict stated that he appeared in different courts (including high court and Supreme Court) over “500 times” and never sought a single adjournment or missed any hearing


    Ration for defence officers, a matter of dignity, pride & honour. It shouldn’t be stopped

    Ration for defence officers doesn’t just mean bread and butter. It is considered to be a dignified privilege given to the soldiers who have dedicated their lives to the motherland, irrespective of the field or the peace area . It is a matter of dignity , pride and honour of an soldier. No amount of money can substitute it. Stopping  ration is a disrespectful move and demoralizing the armed forces. Any amount of money in lieu of ration is  against the ethics and ethos of a defense personal.

    Please sign my petition to show your respect for the defence personals.

    RATION SHOULD BE CONTINUED FOR ALL THE DEFENSE PERSONALS.

    JAI HIND!!!


    OUTPOURING OF A VETERAN.

    Respected Veterans,

    Jai Hind.

    1. While I greatly appreciate Gen SG Vombatkere being an intrepid crusader with indomitable spirit, zeal & enthusiasm in fighting for the poor, the underprivileged & the down-trodden, the Question is: Who cares? Do his articles really make a difference? NO. Sad, but that is the truth. To the middle class, and that includes you & me, it hardly matters as to what happens to others. Tomorrow, if I am mugged and killed in broad daylight, will it make a difference? NO. Not even a handful of Veterans would attend my cremation. We, Bharathvasis are a bigoted lot; especially Ex-Servicemen, ably led by retired Officers.
    2. There are over 4000 retired Officers of the Army, Navy & Air Force at Bangalore; and how many of them show up at the National Military Memorial on Kargil Diwas (26 July) and Vijay Diwas (16 Dec) to pay Homage to their brethren? Hardly, 25-30 of them. What about others? Don’t ask me as to what they do. All that I know is, there is a galaxy of retired Lt Gen, Air Marshals and Vice Admirals settled down at Bangalore; not to mention officers of the rank of Maj Gen, Rear Admiral and Air Vice Marshal. If I have not mentioned Officers of the rank of Col, Capt (IN) and Gp Capt and below, it is just that they are a whole horde, to whom words like ‘Welfare of Ex-Servicemen’ and ‘Loyalty to your Men, even after retirement’ are mere buzz-words; and they mean nothing to awaken their collective conscience, if they still have one.
    3. And, it is the same WE retired Officers who are in the forefront to ask for anything & everything FREE. WE retired Officers are a selfish and greedy lot. The less said the better; for even a full page would not be enough to recount the ‘virtues’ of retired officers. The very same retired officers who do not find time to attend the Commemoration Ceremonies at the National Military Memorial, Bangalore, are present in hundreds, guzzling chilled beer, bottle after bottle; and voraciously hogging chicken roast and mutton Biryani, when invited for the Veterans Day Lunch at RSI.
    4. WE Bharathvasis, have everything to be proud of: our Culture and our Heritage. But do we really display any pride in ourselves or our Culture & Heritage? NO. WE Bharathvasis, are a corrupt lot. To cheat is part of our DNA. We are cowards. With such sterling qualities in us; I wonder at times: Do WE really have a right to exist as a Nation? Over a period, our collective conscience has become NUMB. 70 children have lost their lives in UP due to negligence by Doctors and the supervisory staff. Does it really bother anyone? NO. Due to inadequate monsoon, acute water shortage and famine in the interiors are staring us. Cattle are going to die in thousands. Who is going to face the brunt? It is village folks all over the Country. Who cares?
    5. When WE talk of ‘izzat’, ‘honour & dignity’ I find these words sound hollow and are mere rhetoric. When we talk of ‘Welfare of Ex-Servicemen & their families’; it means nothing. It is just lip service. Starting with the Chiefs; and, Mil Fmn Cdrs down the chain, they have absolutely no say in the selection & appointment of retired Officers of the rank of Brig/Col as Director Sainik Welfare in various states; and retired officers of the rank of Lt Col as Dy Directors at the District level. Just to cite an example: The Dircector Sainik Welfare & Re-settlement in Kerala is a retired Sergeant. How did a Sergeant get appointed against a post meant for a retired Brig? Simple. He got appointed when ‘Saint’ Antony was the Defence Minister. And mind you, not one incl the Mil Fmn Cdr concerned raised his voice saying that such an appointment is highly irregular and unacceptable. As I said earlier, when it comes to Welfare of Ex-Servicemen, who cares?
    6. I do not know as to what happens to Officers after their retirement? Just two examples of past Directors Sainik Welfare & Re-settlement, Karnataka. The first, a Brigadier. During his tenure he got a few plots of land from the BDA under the pretext of allotting them to Kargil Widows. Very noble thought. And he was equally noble in his action! On being made available plots of land by the BDA, he promptly allotted two plots to his Mother-in-Law, who I am told is mother of a Lt Gen, who retired as the Dy COAS. And a few more such illegal allotments. A few years down the line, the Brigadier’s misdemeanor comes to light. An FIR is filed by the Police. The Brig goes to the Court and has the FIR quashed on technical grounds!! Que-serai-serai.
    7. Directorates of Sainik Welfare & Re-settlement in all States are sitting on huge piles of cash by way of Fixed Deposits of Flag Day Fund to the tune of hundreds of crores. Amounts can be invested by Govt Depts as Fixed Deposits only in SBI or in other Public Sector Banks and NOT in Private Banks. Yet, a Director Sainik Welfare & Re-settlement had invested over Rs. 28 crores of Flag Day Funds with numerous Private Banks at different rates of interest, in clear contravention to Govt orders on the subject. Any action taken against the Officer, even after the misdemeanor came to light and brought to the notice of the Govt and the local Military Formation? NONE. Que-serai-serai.
    8. In case we are serious about Welfare & Re-settlement of Ex-Servicemen & their families, we need to have serving Officers of the Rank of Brig posted as Director Sainik Welfare & Re-settlement, in all States. When we can have officers of the rank of Maj Gen/Brig as Addl/Dy DG NCC in all States, then why can’t we have serving Officers of the rank of Brig posted as Director Sainik Welfare & Re-settlement, in all States? NCC no doubt is important; but to my mind, far more important is Welfare & Re-settlement of Ex-Servicemen & their families. Veteran Lt Gen SK Bahri and I had met the then Vice COAS in his office in April 2013, in this regard; and, impressed on him the urgent & inescapable of requirement of having serving Officers of the Rank of Brig posted as Director Sainik Welfare & Re-settlement, in all States. But who cares?
    9. I must however say that, there are a few refreshing exceptions. One such is Lt Gen RK Anand, GOC Dakshin Bharath Area, Chennai. He has designated all Officers incharge of CSD Canteens, all over the five southern states, as ‘Executive Director Veterans Welfare’; with instructions that they will attend to all problems concerning welfare of Ex-Servicemen & their families. Not only that, he has instituted a Report to be submitted to him, every Monday morning, as to the number of cases handled by each Executive Director during the preceding week, with details thereof.
    10. To take interest or take part in Politics after retirement, is my fundamental Right. And one should not shy away from Politics under the misplaced notion that Military Veterans should remain apolitical.
    11. Let us NOT be blind to happenings around us. We Veterans, as Citizens have a duty to perform, in raising our voice and protest against any wrong doing by the Govt or the society at large.
    12. By criticizing our Hon’ble PM or the BJP we DO NOT become lackeys of the Congress Party or Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi; or, we end up condoning corruption by Lalu Yadhav & his ilk. If General Elections are held tomorrow, I have no hesitation in stating that I shall be voting for MODI once again; for want of a better option. I voted for MODI with a lot of hope.
    13. It is time for Veterans to think and ponder as to whether we should be mute spectators to the happening around us; or, stand up for what is right and raise our voice against any injustice or persecution or display of lethargy & apathy by the Govt.
    14. Let us remember, “Silence is no doubt a Virtue; but, there can be no greater SIN than to remain mute and silent in the face of tyranny or wrong doing by the Govt in power or for that matter, anybody”.
    15. To end, I salute Veterans like Gen SG Vombatkere and Gen PG Kamath for expressing their views, without fear or favour.

    Regards,

    colRajan

    Col Rajan

    Bangalore, 9449043770

    17 Aug 2017


    Pakistan hoists ‘largest’ national flag to mark Independence Day

    Pakistan hoists ‘largest’ national flag to mark Independence Day
    Sweets being exchanged at the Wagah-Attari border. ANI

    Lahore, August 14

    Pakistan on Monday hoisted a 400-ft-high national flag, the largest in its history, at the Attari-Wagah border with India to mark the country’s Independence Day.Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa hoisted the flag at the border after Sunday midnight, kicking off the celebrations for the Independence Day across the country.The flag is said to be the highest in South Asia and the eighth highest in the world.Made in Pakistan, it is 400-ft-high and 120 feet by 80 feet in size.

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    Gen Bajwa said: “Some 77 years ago, a Pakistan resolution was passed in the same city (Lahore). Pakistan came into being on the night of 27th Ramadan–it was a blessed night.“Today, the country is progressing on the path of the law and the Constitution. All institutions are working properly. We will make Pakistan the country of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal.”Gen Bajwa enunciated the many challenges Pakistan faced but also tried to drum up the nationalistic sentiment.“We have rendered many sacrifices–we will never forget our martyrs. We will execute each and every terrorist in Pakistan. I want to tell our enemies, whether they are in the east or in the west, that your bullets will end but not the chests of our jawans.”“I assure you that we will never let you down. Any power that will aim to weaken Pakistan, the Army and all other institutions will foil their attempts.”Other speakers at the event also paid tributes to those killed during the migration to Pakistan. PTI