Sunday, December 8, 2013
Saturday, December 7, 2013
SANIK SADAN IN PHASE-X MOHALI.
Col RS Boparai (Retd), President along with Col CJS Khera(Retd) Gen Secy
Ex-Servicemen Joint Action Front (Sanjha Morha)
WHOLE HEARTILY THANKS S. PARAKASH SINGH BADAL,CHIEF MINISTER PUNJAB AND S TAJINDERPAL SINGH DEPUTY COMMISSIONER DISTT-SAS NAGER TO GET THE AMOUNT RELEASED FOR WELFARE OF EX-SERVICEMEN .
FLAG DAY PICTURES:06 DEC 2013
|Release of Rann Jodhey by Governor Punjab Shri Shivraj Patil|
L to R--Col Brar ,Governor,Brig Manjit Singh Director DSW
MOHALI FLAG DAY( DISTT-AJITGARH)
On the occasion of Flag Day, Ex-Servicemen joint Action Front (Sanjha Morcha) went to pin up Flag to DC Mohali S.Tajinder Pal Singh Sandhu. DC Personally donated Rs1500/- for the Flag day Fund.
2. Apart from The District welfare officer( Distt Ajitgarh) Col Paramjit Singh Bajwa, Col RS Boparai( Retd),Col CJS Khera(Retd), the President and Gen Secy Sanjha Morcha , Col Sandhu and Brig Ghuman were present on the occasion.
|L to R==DC Tajinderpal singh,Col PS Bajwa DSWO,Col RS Boparai President Sanjha Morcha,Brig Ghuman,Col CJS Khera Gen secy Sanjha Morcha|
|Thank giving meeting with DC for getting released Rs 50 Lakhs for Sainik Sadan and other ESM related problems.|
Mohanlal, who is currently on his first visit to Jammu And Kashmir, after becoming the Lieutenant Colonel of Territorial Army, pays his tribute to the valiant soldiers, sailors and airmen, both serving and veterans. Mohanlal posted on his Facebook page: Today is Armed Forces Flag Day...Honour the brave martyrs for their supreme sacrifice, as well as to salute the valiant soldiers, sailors and airmen, both serving and veterans. On Flag Day Funds will be collected for the welfare and the rehabilitation of widows and the injured. This day is observed since 1949. We should contribute to Indian Army and we should assure them that we are there to support them. Mohanlal, who was on a three-day visit to the borderlines to motivate and inspire the Territorial Army troops, also visited the battalion's camp at Nariya in Rajouri district near the Indo-Pak border and had an interaction with the troops.
Read more at: http://entertainment.oneindia.in/malayalam/news/2013/mohanlal-pays-tribute-to-valiant-soldiers-126516.html
|Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed: Recalling his bravery in battlefield|
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KARACHI: Major Shabbir Sharif Rana, a Pakistan Army officer who received Sitara-e-Jurat and Nishan-e-Haider for his bravery in 1971 war against India is being remembered today (Friday) on his martyrdom anniversary.
He was born on April 28, 1943 in Kunjah, Gujrat District. While he was at Government College Lahore, he received a call to join Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) Kakul.
He was thus commissioned in Pakistan Army on April 19, 1964 and after successfully completing his training. He was posted to the 6th Battalion of the Frontier Force Regiment. This historic battalion was the old 54th Sikhs, the parent unit of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw MC, Gen K. S. Thimayya, Lt Gen Attiqur Rahman MC, Lt Gen Khalid M Sheikh, Maj Gen Mian Hayauddin HJ, MBE, MC and many other heroic figures of the Indian and Pakistan armies.
It was on December 3, 1971, that he was commanding a company of 6 FF Regiment near Sulemanki Headworks when he was assigned the task of capturing the high bund (ground) overlooking the Gurmukh Khera and Beriwala villages in the Sulemanki sector.
These points were defended by more than a company of Indian Army’s Assam Regiment which was supported by a squadron of tanks.
To attain his objective, Major Sharif had to go through an enemy minefield and swim across a 30-feet wide and 10 feet deep defensive canal, which he accomplished under heavy artillery and automatic fire.
Leading his company, he launched a frontal attack and succeeded in driving the enemy out of its fortified trenches by dusk on December 3.
A total of 43 enemy soldiers were killed in this well-nigh superhuman action, and another 28 were taken prisoners. Moreover, four enemy tanks were also destroyed.
Major Shabbir Sharif Rana embraced martyrdom in the battle. He was awarded Sitara-e-Jurat and Nishan-e-Haider for his bravery. -- SAMAA http://www.samaa.tv/Major-Shabbir-Sharif-Shaheed-Recalling-his-bravery-in-battlefield-74702-1.html
Indian army prepared for militant activities across LOC: Lt Gen Gurmeet Singh
Army on friday said militant activities at the launching pads across Line of Control (LoC) have not died down but the troops are ready to face the challenge.
"As per our intelligence inputs, there are activities (of militants) at the launch pad. We also got reports of a senior terrorist leader who has been visiting on and off out there.
And we expect infiltration and at the same time we are prepared for any challenge of that sort," said General Officer Commanding of Valley-based 15 Corps, Lt Gen Gurmeet Singh.
The terrorist infrastructure across the LoC was intact and coming months would be "tough" from the security point of view, Singh told reporters on the sidelines of a function.
"Coming months are tough from the security point of view.
We have the terrorist infrastructure intact across the LoC, on the LoC and in the hinterland.
"But I would like to assure you that the counter- infiltration grid is effective and you will see it for yourselves the way we have sorted the infiltration attempts and also in the hinterland a large number of operations which were carried out in which we were able to eliminate large portion of the terrorist leadership," he said.
He said although the first snowfall has occurred, the area of the LoC is not fully covered by the snow.
He added that there was excellent synergy among security forces and the intelligence agencies.
"You have seen that in last operations there were specific intelligence, operations were done with surgical procedure and the results were in front of you," he said.
He said Army is prepared to fulfil its task of maintaining security preparedness and create a conducive environment for the forthcoming elections.
"The security challenges are there, we have to be prepared and we are alert. We are prepared for any challenges in the hinterland also. Our task is to maintain security preparedness and create a conducive environment for the election and other processes," he said.http://www.indianexpress.com/news/indian-army-prepared-for-militant-activities-across-loc-lt-gen-gurmeet-singh/1204184/
Indian government will not show any sympathy towards Sri Lanka- union minister
Thu, Dec 5, 2013, 09:35 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Dec 05, Colombo: India's central government will not show any sympathy towards Sri Lanka and it will continue to pressure the Sri Lankan government on India's concerns, an Indian government minister has said.
Speaking at a public event in Chennai on Thursday, India's Union Shipping Minister G.K. Vasan said the Union government would not certainly show any sympathy towards Sri Lanka.
"Instead, it will continue to exert pressure on the Sri Lankan government to implement 13th Amendment so as to ensure that Tamils in Sri Lanka get equal rights on par with local Sinhalese. There is no compromise in this stand," he said.
Referring to the Chief of Indian Navy offering training opportunities to Sri Lankan Navy, the minister said the Union Government should not take a policy decision to impart training to Sri Lankan Forces.
"The Centre should avoid from taking such policy decision. I think," he said.
Vasan said he has conveyed his opposition to the Defence Minister A. K. Antony on giving military training to Sri Lankan security forces.
Vasan pointed out that the Union government in the interest of the Sri Lankan Tamils has taken several policy decisions against the island nation.
Recalling that India voted against Sri Lanka for the UN resolution and the Indian Prime Minister skipped the Commonwealth meeting last month respecting the sentiments of the Tamils and voices of Tamil political parties, Vasan said the Union government is not in a position to compromise with Sri Lanka on its stand.
The Chief Minister of India's southern state of Tamil Nadu J. Jayalalithaa and her rival, DMK leader M. Karunanidhi, both vehemently opposed the center government for its offer to train Sri Lankan naval officers.
India's Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral D.K. Joshi conveyed the offer to the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa when he met with the President in Colombo last month.
Navy to set up jetty at Kakinada port
The Navy is planning to set up more facilities at Kakinada port to safeguard the country’s maritime interests, according to Vice-Admiral Anil Chopra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command.He told reporters here onboard stealth frigate INS Sahyadri on Tuesday that a base would be set up at Kakinada, deploying some high speed boats to protect offshore assets and strengthen defence capabilities in the region.He said the Navy would establish a jetty at Kakinada Port along with the Coast Guard for their operations. The Navy is also establishing its amphibious warfare training school at Kakinada.As part of strengthening the operations on the east coast, the Navy will establish naval air enclaves at Tuticorin, Bhubaneswar and Behala in Kolkata. It is already operating an air station in Meenambakam.The Navy is in the process of acquiring land and developing it at a number of places in the State. The ENC is looking at developing an airstrip near Bobilli in Vizianagaram district that was used during the Second World War as an alternative landing station to INS Dega.The indigenously built nuclear submarine INS Arihant has successfully completed its harbour acceptance trials and will soon be embarking on sea acceptance trials. Once commissioned INS Arihantalong with INS Chakra would be a force multiplier and help the Indian Navy become a true blue water navy, he said.“It is a matter of great pride that all the new ships that are being commissioned are indigenously built,” Vice-Admiral Chopra said. Three more Shivalik class stealth frigates will be joining service soon.He said the proposal to purchase four landing platform docks from the the Hindustan Shipyard Ltd here was awaiting the government’s approval, and it may come soon, he added.http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/logistics/navy-to-set-up-jetty-at-kakinada-port/article5425929.ece
President releases stamp on INS Vikramaditya
NEW DELHI: President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday released a postal stamp and 'First Day' cover on Indian Navy's recently commissioned aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.The President released the stamp at a function organized as part of the traditional "At Home" hosted by Chief of Naval Staff Admiral DK Joshi on the occasion of Navy Day.The function was attended by Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, National Advisory Council Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and defence minister AK Antony among others.INS Vikramaditya, Indian Navy's latest, largest and most powerful ship was commissioned on November 16 in Russia and is now on its passage to India.
Indian Navy to take part in US wargame in Hawaii
Reflecting their close defence ties, the Indian Navy for the first time will take part in one of the world's biggest naval wargames hosted by the US in Hawaii in June next year.
More than 20 countries, including China and Japan, are expected to take part in the international maritime war exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC).
The Navy will be sending its warships for the multlateral exercise hosted by the US Pacific Command in which it has so far been only an observer, sources said here.
RIMPAC 2014 is expected to see the participation of all types of naval vessels and aircraft, including surface warships, submarines, surveillance platoforms and reconnaissance planes.
Navy sources said no final decision has so far been taken by the government about the ships and aircraft to be sent for the wargames.
India and the US have been enhancing defence ties in the last decade and the navies of the two countries have held the Malabar and Salvex series of exercises.
In the Malabar series wargames, Indian and American warships have held drills in either the Bay of Bengal or the Arabian Sea.
The two sides had involved the Japanese maritime forces in the wargames in 2007 but India decided against having multilateral exercises after China raised questions over the intent behind such moves.http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/indian-navy-to-take-part-in-us-wargame-in-hawaii-113120600794_1.html
‘Astra’ carriage trials with Su-30 begins
HYDERABAD: Corridors in the Missile Complex here are abuzz with the extensive carriage trials of 'Astra' with Sukhoi-30 aircraft in Pune. 'Astra,' theBeyond- Visual-Range (BVR), Air-to-Air Missile, has been indigenously developed by the Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) here under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme of India. A team of scientists and other officials from DRDL are already in Pune and the carriage trials which began on November 29 are expected to continue until mid or last week of December spread over at least two scores of sorties.
Development trials of Astra in December 2012 from Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, Odisha, were successful in targeting, Lakshya, the Pilotless Target Aircraft (PTA). However, the litmus test after integrating the Beyond-Visual-Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) with Su-30 is still pending. It is to be mentioned that after much wait and delay involving almost 10 years of development trials by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) since 2003, the missile has finally been integrated with Su-30 for the user trials by the Indian Air Force (IAF).
The missile is being developed to lace up or arm various IAF aircrafts including Tejas, Mirage 2000, Su-30 MKI and even the Sea Harrier. Official sources disclosed that every system and sub-system along with various parameters is being tested one by one to avoid any repetition of these tests. These carriage trials shall be assessed on a modified Su-30 aircraft involving various parameters with respect to missile's compatibility with the aircraft in terms of avionics etc.
Astra can carry a 15kg High Explosive warhead at a Mach 4 speed. It can engage maneuvering targets moving at high supersonic speeds and varying distances and heights and has a proximity fuse. A laser fuse has been developed by DRDO while Software Development Institute (SDI) of the IAF in Bangalore using the Sukhoi test rig has been carrying out the electronic integration of aircraft avionics with Astra on-board equipment. The missile itself can be launched from various altitudes with varying ranges
The 3.8 metre long, single stage, solid fuelled missile is finally expected to have two different versions for different altitudes and ranges including Astra Mark-I which shall have a range of 44km and Astra Mark-II with a range of over 100km. Astra can cruise at various altitudes while evading radar and intercepting and engaging the 'supersonic targets' by manoeuvring its speed accordingly. Armed with superior Electronic Warfare capabilities, its Electronic Counter-Counter Measures lends it immunity from being followed and targeted.
In the absence of a low-cost indigenous BVRAAM, IAF has been importing missiles from Israel, Russia and France to equip its fighter fleet. DRDO is aiming at clearing 'Astra' for induction into the IAF by 2015. So far, the successfully tested systems of the missile include the aerodynamics, propulsion system, control and guidance systems, dual mode guidance, night trials, various angles of attack and performance under various weather conditions etc. during its development trials.
Self-Sufficiency in Defence Technology Will Make Country Stronger, Says CJ
Appreciating the efforts of the Indian Navy to acquire indigenous technology, chief justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta has said self-sufficiency in defence technology will make the country stronger.
Speaking at a Navy Day function at the Navy House, Bolaram, here on Wednesday, justice Sengupta said the Navy started focusing on indigenous technology in mid-80s and was able to achieve it to a large extent.
Due to the efforts of the Navy, the country’s coasts are secure and its defence capability has increased, he said.
Recalling the 1971 Indo-Pak war, he said, “I still remember as a college student how on December 4, 1971, missile boats of the Indian Navy carried out an attack on Karachi harbour and how our college students celebrated the achievement.” The attack changed the course of the war and gave India victory, he said.
Station commander of Indian Navy, Rear Admiral K Srinivas, said the Navy Day is observed on December 4 every year to commemorate the attack on Karachi harbour. On this day, the Navy remembers the war heroes who have laid down their lives in defence of the country.
The Navy has started working on indigenous technology long ago and today it has indigenously built ships to a large extent, he said. Indian industry is supporting the Navy in achieving its goals and the DRDO is working in sink with the Navy in developing indigenous technology, he added. Justice Sengupta released a Navy Day brochure on the occasion and a photo exhibition depicting the operations of the Navy was arranged. Serving and retired defence personnel participated.http://newindianexpress.com/cities/hyderabad/Self-Sufficiency-in-Defence-Technology-Will-Make-Country-Stronger-Says-CJ/2013/12/05/article1928472.ece
South Indian actor visits LoC
Jammu, December 6
After receiving the honorary Lieutenant Colonel rank in the Territorial Army, South Indian silver-screen actor and Padmashree awardee Mohanlal visited forward areas on the Line of Control (LoC).
After encouraging the youth of Kerala to join the Indian Army, Mohanlal, famous for his work in Malayalam movies, visited Jammu and Kashmir border lines to motivate the Territorial Army troops on his three-day visit to the area.
On his first official visit to the border as Lieutenant Colonel, Mohanlal had reached the LoC on Monday.
Commanding Officer Colonel BS Bali of the TA Battalion based at Nariya in Rajouri accompanied Mohanlal for the last two days of his visit to the frontiers.
Mohanlal also visited the battalion's camp at Nariya in Rajouri district near the Indo- Pak border.
Mohanlal said if given an opportunity, he would visit the area again. —
A 'feel-good' agreement with ChinaBDCA fails to address the root cause of face-offs on borderGurmeet Kanwal
AMONG the nine agreements signed by India and China during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's trip to Beijing in October 2013, the most significant one was the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) because of the recent instances of Chinese military assertiveness along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The agreement commits the two sides to "periodic meetings" of military and civilian officers and to exchange information, including information about military exercises, aircraft movements, demolition operations and unmarked mines. It emphasises the avoidance of border patrols "tailing" each other and recommends that the two sides "may consider" establishing a hot-line between military headquarters in both countries.
A close examination of the BDCA reveals that it falls substantially short of removing the anomalies and impracticalities of the previous agreements that have not worked well, including the Agreement on Maintaining Peace and Tranquility Along the Line of Actual Control in the India-China Border Areas, September 7, 1993; the Agreement on Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) in the Military Field Along the Line of Actual Control in the India-China Border Areas, November 29, 1996; the Agreement on Political Parameters and Guiding Principles for the Settlement of the India-China Boundary Question, April 11, 2005; the Protocol on Modalities for the Implementation of Confidence Building Measures in the Military Field Along the Line of Actual Control in India-China Border Areas, April 11, 2005; and, the Agreement on Establishment of a Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs, January 17, 2012.
The Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and Tibet is quite different from the disputed 4,056 km-long international boundary. The term LAC implies de facto military control over respective areas and came into use after the 1962 border war. However, the LAC is yet to be physically demarcated on the ground and delineated on military maps. The un-delineated LAC is a major destabilising factor as major incidents such as the Nathu La clash of 1967 and the Wang Dung stand-off of 1986 can recur. In fact, the two sides have failed to even exchange maps showing their perception of the LAC except in the least contentious central sector, the Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh borders with Tibet. Even though so many agreements had been signed in the past, it has not been possible for India to withdraw a single soldier from the LAC so far despite their lofty rhetoric. It clearly shows how intractable the challenge is.
Despite all the previous agreements, there are frequent incidents of Chinese transgression of the LAC both in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh. Both sides habitually send patrols up to the point at whichthe LAC runs in their perception. These patrols leave "tell-tale" signs behind in the form of "burjis" (piles of stones), biscuit and cigarette packets and other similar markers in a sort of primitive ritual to lay stake to territory and assert their claim. While no violent incident has taken place in the recent past, there have been many occasions when Indian and Chinese patrols have met face-to-face. Such meetings have an element of tension built into them and, despite the best of military training, the possibility of an armed clash can never be ruled out. An armed clash that stretches over several days and in which there are heavy casualties can lead to a larger border incident that may not remain localised.
While the government invariably advises caution, it is extremely difficult for commanders of troops to advocate a soft line to their subordinates. There is an inherent contradiction in sending soldiers to patrol what they are told and believe are Indian areas and simultaneously telling them that they must not under any circumstances fire on "intruding" or "transgressing" Chinese soldiers. This is the reason why it is operationally critical to demarcate the LAC on the ground and map. Once that is done, the inadequacy of recognisable terrain features can be overcome by exploiting GPS technology to accurately navigate up to the agreed and well-defined LAC on the ground and even unintentional transgressions can be avoided.
Chinese intransigence in exchanging maps showing the alignment of the LAC in the western and eastern sectors, while talking of high-sounding guiding principles and parameters to resolve the territorial and boundary dispute, is neither understandable nor condonable. It can only be characterized as an attempt to put off resolution of the dispute "for future generations to resolve", as Deng Xiao Ping had famously told Rajiv Gandhi in 1988. China's obvious negotiating strategy is to resolve the territorial dispute with India when the Chinese are in a much stronger position in terms of comprehensive national strength so that they can dictate terms.
Instead of signing a new agreement, efforts should have been made to fine-tune the operationalisation of the Agreement on Establishment of a Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs, signed on January 17, 2012. The agreed measures include regular consultations and flag meetings or telephonic and video conferences during emergencies along the LAC. The mechanism was expected to help prevent misunderstanding between the two countries arising from incursions into each other's territory. The joint mechanism was also expected to study ways to strengthen exchanges and cooperation between military personnel on the ground. None of this has obviously happened as serious Chinese incursions continue and tensions persist, as witnessed by the deep transgression by PLA troops at Depsang new Daulat Beg Oldie in May 2013.
The BDCA has failed to address the root cause of most transgressions and patrol face-offs, that is, the non-demarcation of the LAC, which leads to varying perceptions about where it runs. As such, it is an uninspiring agreement that has not brought the two sides any closer to a final settlement of the territorial dispute and has achieved virtually nothing substantive to further even the immediate necessity of improving border management. In short, it is merely yet another "feel good' agreement.
The writer is a Delhi-based strategic analyst
Armed Forces Flag Day observedChandigarh, December 6
Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil was the Chief Guest and Lt Gen TS Gill, Chief Staff, HQ Western Command, was the ‘Guest of Honour’. KK Sharma, Adviser to the Administrator, MP Singh, Secretary to the Governor, Mohammed Shayin, Deputy Commissioner and officers from Western Command were also present on this occasion.
Two minutes silence was observed to convey condolences to Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa. A colourful ‘Souvenir’ prepared by Zila Sainik Welfare Office, Chandigarh, was released by the UT Administrator.
Armed Forces Flag Day celebratedLudhiana, December 6
Armed Forces Flag Day was celebrated here today.
It was started off by Col (retd) Kanwar Preet Singh Atwal District Sainik Welfare Officer and Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal today. The Deputy Commissioner appealed to residents to contribute to the Flag Fund. The funds are used for the welfare of families of the ex-Army personnel, martyrs who have laid their lives during wars, their widows, handicapped Armed forces personnel. The Deputy Commissioner said that the day was celebrated with enthusiasm throughout the district. — TNS
Tributes paid to martyrsBathinda, December 6
The Armed Forces Flag Day was observed at the district level here today. On this occasion, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Sarup Chand Singla paid rich tributes to the martyrs who laid down their lives while defending the sovereignty and integrity of their motherland.
He said, "The serving defence personnel are doing human service in guarding over land, sea and air frontier round-the-clock and under extreme difficult conditions. They are maintaining a constant vigil over adversaries. It is our duty to look after them in their hour of need.”
Meanwhile, a special news bulletin was released for circulation among the ex-servicemen fraternity. He also distributed cheques to the needy ex-servicemen and their widows. District Defence Services Welfare Officer, Bathinda, Commander (Retd) Baljinder Virk, urged the fellow countrymen to honour the valiant martyrs.
He said the nation could express its solidarity by donating generously for the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund. These funds are utilised for resettlement of ex-servicemen, rehabilitation of battle casualties, welfare of ex-servicemen, serving personnel and their families.
Vice-president of the Zila Sainik Board, Lt Col (Retd) Shivdev Singh Mann, Col (Retd) BJS Gill, Staff Member of DSWO, Bathinda, ex-servicemen and their dependants were also present on the occasion.
UNIVERSITY OF THE FRASER VALLEY - PRESS RELEASE.
Sikh veteran’s tale of struggle against racism first book published by University of Fraser Valley Centre for Indo- Canadian Studies.
By Anne Russell on November 22, 2013.
A veteran of the Indian Army who made history in Canada by fighting for his right to wear his turban in Royal Canadian Legion halls has written a book on the subject.
“A Soldier Remembers” is the first book to be published by the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies (CICS) at the University of the Fraser Valley (. The book is co-authored by Pritam Singh Jauhal, the veteran at the centre of the story, and Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra, coordinator of the CICS at UFV.
Jauhal, a decorated World War II veteran, first came in public eye in Canada on Remembrance Day inn 1993, when he was denied entrance to the Surrey Newton Legion Branch because he was wearing a turban.
In the 1970s Canadian Society was struggling with issues of race and racism based on a general ignorance among it s citizenry about other cultures, Sandhra notes. When Pritam Singh Jauhal emigrated to B C, Canada in 1980, he felt shock and disbelief that a man of his calibre and military ranking would have to face a barrage of blatant racism.
The discrimination Jauhal faced reached its climax during the Remembrance Day ceremonies of 1993 when he was denied entrance to the Surrey Newton Legion Branch because he was wearing a turban. True to his convictions and his Sikh faith, Pritam Singh waged a long and difficult struggle for Sikh veterans to be allowed to wear this key article of their faith in the leg0ion.
This is a story of Pritam Singh Jauhal’s struggle with the Legion in 1993, but it is also much more than that. This book chronicles the struggles and accomplishments of an immigrant Sikh-Canadian, and the lifelong service he has given to his community.
“In 2011, after we featured a short piece in our Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies newsletter on Lieutenant Colonel Pritam Singh Jauhal’s story and his struggle to wear his turban inside the Royal Canadian Legion, it was decided that his life story needed to be shared as a critical historical moment that changed the landscape on the acceptance of the turban in Canadian society. Thus, the CICS embarked on a two-year journey to do so,” said Sandhra.
The official launch of the book will be on Sat from 11 am to 1 pm at the Surrey Library Newton Branch at 13795 70thAvenue.
We chose to launch the book in Newton as it was the community in the defining moment of his struggle against racism took place. ``It is symbolic of positive changes that have occurred in Canadian society, partly thanks to Pritam Singh’s actions.”
All community members are invited to attend the launch, which will feature the local figures and politicians who supported Pritam in this symbolic almost exactly 20 years ago
New Pakistan Army Green Book voices fear of India-U.S. axis
The latest edition of the Pakistan Army’s Green Book, a prestigious internal publication with essays by serving officers, reveals mounting fears among its officer corps that the deepening India-United States strategic relationship could pose a threat to the country.
Major-General Shaukat Iqbal, one of the most senior officers writing in the 2011Green Book, describes what he calls an emerging “Indo-U.S. nexus.”
His essay argues that geo-strategic developments show “all conspiracy theories are getting materialised and [the] Great Game played in the region is posing a serious threat to the security and integrity of Pakistan.”
The two countries hope Pakistan “is tamed and sufficiently weakened to act in form of colonised state which should serve U.S. interest and oblige to the dictates of India” [sic.].
He writes that the United States wishes to “use the war on terrorism as an instrument [to] get [the] Pakistan Army bogged down, weakening its war stamina [and] creating a wedge between religious forces and the Army”. It is also, he says, “disreputing [sic.] and maligning the Pakistan Army and the ISI through actions like [the] raid on Osama Bin Laden’s complex.”
The essay says India has expansionist ambitions, quoting Prime Minister Indira Gandhi — without citation — as saying she would never forgive her forefathers “for accepting the division of India,” and vowing to undo it.
‘India posing threat’
Major-General Ashgar Nawaz, writing on the United States’ interests in South Asia, asserts that Pakistan’s traditional superpower ally is “as much a liability as a friend.” The United States help has allowed New Delhi to “employ contemporary Afghanistan as a springboard for fomenting terrorist activity and instability in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas [FATA] belt on [the] Pak-Afghan border.”
In recent years, Pakistani commentators and politicians have repeatedly claimed that India is supporting elements of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, notably its new Afghanistan-based commander,
General Nawaz writes, in support of his claim of hostile Indian intentions, that in the wake of 9/11, it “nominated Lt. Gen. [Lieutenant-General] (retd) Sawhney, ex Chief of RAW, as their Ambassador in Kabul.”
In fact, India’s first Ambassador to Afghanistan after 9/11 was career diplomat Vivek Katju. RAW has never been led by a Lieutenant-General, serving or retired, nor anyone called Sawhney. The reference may be to the former Director-General of Military Intelligence, Lieutenant-General Ravi Sawhney, has travelled regularly to Afghanistan in various capacities.
“I think the interesting thing here is not what the essays say, but the fears that underpin them,” says Sushant Sareen, a Pakistan expert at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in New Delhi. “There is clearly a pathology at work, which does not allow itself to be inconvenienced by facts.”
Fears of Indian expansion have figured prominently in earlier editions of the Green Book, too. The 2010 edition began with an essay by Brigadier Umar Farooq Durrani on “Indian-backed Psychological Warfare Against Pakistan.”
It asserted that the RAW “funds many Indian newspapers and even television channels, such as Zee Television, which is considered to be its media headquarters to wage psychological war.”
“The most subtle form” of this psychological war, the Brigadier stated, “is found in movies where Muslim and Hindu friendship is screened within [sic.] the backdrop of melodrama.” “The effects desired to be achieved through this,” he argued, “is to undermine the Two National Theory [as] being a person obsession of [Pakistan’s founding father, Muhammad Ali] Jinnah.”
Interestingly, there is no discussion in the 2011 Green Book of Pakistan’s war against Islamist groups like the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
However, several chapters are devoted to addressing the conventional and nuclear challenges posed by India, and two to the Army’s campaign against ethnic-Baloch insurgent and terrorist groups.
Published every two years by the Pakistan Army’s General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, the Green Book provides rare insights into the organisation’s internal debates. In his foreword to the 2011 edition, the former Army chief, Gen. (retd.) Pervez Kayani, describes it as “a platform where the intellectual context of national security can be crystallised.”
The article has been edited to incorporate the following correction:
A sentence in the report, “New Pakistan Army Green Book voices fear of India-U.S. axis” (Dec. 6, 2013) read: “… India’s first Ambassador to Afghanistan after 9/11 was career diplomat Rakesh Sood.” It should have been Vivek Katju.Keywords: India-Pakistan tensions, India-United States strategic relationship, Pakistan Army Green Book, RAW, war threathttp://www.thehindu.com/news/national/new-pakistan-army-green-book-voices-fear-of-indiaus-axis/article5426665.ece
Navy personnel to take up advanced studies at DA-IICT
AHMEDABAD: In a move to strengthen its synergy with the defence forces in the country,Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DA-IICT) has recently signed an MoU with the Indian Navy, represented by INS Valsura, to enable the eligible Naval personnel to join the MTech programme of DA-IICT from the next academic year.
DA-IICT will also provide assistance in updating training programmes at Valsura. "INS Valsura recognizes the importance of utilizing the latest developments in the field of information and communication technology for upgrading the skills of its personnel. The select Naval personnel will add to their academic qualification through this co-operation. We at DA-IICT will work on research projects along with INS Valsura," said Professor S C Sahasrabudhe, director, DA-IICT.
INS Valsura will sponsor at least three Navy persons for this course on an annual basis. The sponsored candidates will have to obtain requisite course credits at the DA-IICT.
"Their research work will be carried out at INS Valsura, utilizing the in-house infrastructure, and under the joint guidance of faculty from DA-IICT and Valsura," said Professor Anish Mathuria, dean, research and development, DA-IICT.
The MoU that has been signed in November is for a period of five years. It will help establish the academic and scientific relations between the two organizations. "We already have an MoU with Space Applications Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad through which we admit candidates nominated by SAC into our PhD programme. We aim to synergize the expertise available at DA-IICT with the efforts of the nation's defence forces to keep pace with the rapid developments in the specific field of ICT," explained Mathuria.http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/Navy-personnel-to-take-up-advanced-studies-at-DA-IICT/articleshow/26980855.cms