Friday, January 30, 2015


OROP will be announced during Budget Presentation on 28 Feb 2015; followed by issue of Implementation Letter.
I do not owe allegiance to any ESM org but only to ESM and their cause. I think we have a government in power which understands the worth of soldiers. I hope you saw that all the TV channels this morning were broadcasting simultaneously the funeral of late Col MN Rai YSM . Many a Col and Brig has died in the last 20 years in J&K but no one's last rites were covered like this morning. What was also surprising was the free flow of comments from Brig Mahalingam, Col A Kaul, Col RSN Singh and Prof M Nalapat on NewsX, clearly bringing out the perfidious behaviour of the babus in denying us OROP. In old days the channels would have blanked out such remarks, lest they offend the self proclaimed demi-gods. Obviously the media is also aware that they  will not be pulled up by the govt.
So please do not see ghosts where there are none. Lets not shoot ourselves in the foot by being impatient.


Gen Satish Bahri

Respected Veterans,
Jai Hind.
A fortnight ago, a retired IAS Officer known for his goodwill and attachment to the Armed Forces in general; and Ex-Servicemen in particular; had on my request spoken to the Cabinet Secretary, Govt of India, regarding the status of OROP. I believe, the Cabinet Secretary told him that he (the Cabinet Secretary) had spoken to Shri Manohar Parrikar, the Hon’ble Defence Minister, on the subject of grant of OROP; and that, grant of OROP (as defined in the Koshyari Committee Report) would be announced during the Budget Presentation on 28 Feb 2015; and a Govt Letter for implementation of OROP would be issued immediately thereafter. This is as close as one can get to with regard to any authentic news on grant of OROP.
I am sorry, I should have put out this news much earlier; but, as I was busy & pre-occupied during the past fortnight, it skipped my mind. It was only this evening when I met the retired IAS Officer regarding certain things that need to be done with regard to appointment of a retired Regular Commissioned Officer of the rank of Brig/Col (or their equivalents in the Navy & Air Force) as Director Karnataka Rajya Sainik Welfare & Re-settlement; that he once again mentioned to me what he told me a fortnight ago.
In the light of above, all that I can say is: The Ex-Servicemen Protest Rally scheduled to be held at Jantar Mantar on Sunday, 1 Feb 2015, is an Exercise in Futility- a waste of Time, Money, Energy and Resources; and above all, would result in frittering away the Goodwill of the present dispensation ruling the Country.
Regards,

Col Rajan
Bangalore, 9449043770

IESM Rally at Jntr Mntr: Most ESM & Org not in favour:
Despite so many of us requesting him to postpone this rally, he seems determined to go ahead.  That is the respect he has for the views of rank and file veterans from whose donations he runs his tamasha besides pocketing lacs for himself and his darbaris.  Delhi elections is what is driving his time table.  What he hopes to get out from these elections is beyond me though others might know his game plan better, but let us be under no illusion that making an ESM organization a political football is certainly not going to help our cause for OROP.  While Gen Satbir is known to care only for his personal interests in everything he does, I am disappointed with Col TN Raman.  I had always thought him to be a genuine and sincere person but his call for a unity meeting at Jantar Mantar to coincide with Satbir’s rally is anything but honest. Jantar Mantar has no place for two events and in any case Unity discussions cannot be conducted at a place that does not have even a room.  Jantar Mantar is a place for making noise and not for serious discussions and planning.
Launching a unity bid at such a divisive event as Gen Satbir’ rally will be still born.  I am surprised Col Raman does not see this obvious outcome.  I find it hard not to associate a motive to Col Raman of trying to lure some well meaning ESM keen on the noble cause of unity, to the rally site, lest the rally remains a small family event of Gen Satbir and his intimate Mafioso.  So much for Col Raman’s lofty sounding call for unity of all ESM Associations as he called it.
Best regards.Wasit

Ex-Servicemen Rally of 1/2/15 has mixed response from most of the ESM/ Org: 
Dear all,
1. This IESM Rally on 1/2/15 has no link with unity but for disunity mainly. When 100s of ESM/Org have shown unwillingness to join up Rally due to wrong timing & w/o sufficient cause for Agitations & to take punga with strong ruling BJP, that to too prematurely. We must give time to new Govt to live up to the promises made. Modi jee is not a child. 
2. Gen Kadyan has already expressed his views & not approved this rally being Chairman IESM & told Gen Satbir not to spend IESM funds & use IESM name. Gen Satbir may Hold it as his private rally if still he wish to do so. Probably fact is that Gen Satbir want to muster ESM support for the forth coming IESM gen elections for the Chairmanship, hence misusing funds for his pers gains. Officially & legally Gen Satbir is only vice Chairman & not the Chairman, as per Gen Kadyan & Col Bhardwaj, Court cases. 
3. We must give some time to BJP & listen to Def Min's promise made for OROP before the Budget, which is just a month away. Why must we expose old aged ESM in the severe cold now & spoil our genuine case also, for whole ESM community to suffer for long and wait for Congress rule again for ten years.
4. Please read the views of many Org/NGOs & veterans in the trailing mails & decide your self.
Rgds.

Col Sohi. M: 9815107744. Mohali.
(President, Ex-Servicemen Grievances Cell (Regd). 

1.  We MUST hold the Rally but delay it by couple of weeks. My reasons
are as under:-
(a)Rally too close to Republic Day , Obama visit , Mahatma gandhi's martyrdom may not get much public and media attention.
(b) Days are very short in end of January and people coming to Rally and then returning to their homes would find it inconvenient.
(c) Whether at the end of January is still very cold which may inhibit people coming from far off places who have to start early and reach their homes late.
(d)  We won't be accused of giving NOT enough time to the Govt. Let Parrikar's famour 8 weeks be well over before we restart our agitation
Regards,

Brig Harwant Singh

President the All India Defence Brotherhood (Regd) .54, Phase -7 , Mohali , (Pb) } . Phone: 09814432554


Dear Veteran Satbir,
          For everything in life there is a time, including for an agitation. By now it is clear that majority of IESM members, as also other veterans, are against your agitation on 1.2.2015. Please remember all of us have an equal stake in OROP. We cannot brush aside others' concerns  and adopt a my-way or highway attitude. Incidentally, I too see this agitation and its timing, as more likely to harm than help our cause for OROP.
          I had been hoping that in view of massive opposition from the ESM community, you will call off the agitation on your own. That would have been more gracious and harmonious. But you obviously seem determined to go ahead with it for reasons that at least I am unable to comprehend.
          I had been hesitant to get involved lest motives be attributed  to me in view of our strained relations. However, the veterans cannot afford this level of acrimony and confusion when OROP is under finalisation by the government.  I, as Chairman IESM have to put an end to it however negatively my action is viewed by you. I have to keep my focus on the interests of the organisation. Therefore, I hereby cancel this agitation.
          There will be no IESM agitation till the government has conveyed its decision on OROP. If you still insist on going ahead with your event on 1.2.2015, however unwisely, it will not be an IESM event but your own private agitation. Please make sure IESM name, logo, insignia etc are not used in any direct, indirect or implied manner intended to make it seem like it is associated with the IESM in any way. Nor must any IESM resources or money be used for it. If the rally site or police assistance   has been booked in IESM name, please cancel that booking.
          Now that we are on the subject, let me also remind you once again of my request made many times in my one-to-one mails to you. Please desist from using the title of Chairman IESM with your name. IESM has no proviso for two Chairmen. The District Registrar and the State Registrar,  as well as the Punjab and Haryana High Court, where you have appealed five times, have decided that I continue to remain the IESM Chairman. After taking note of my request for a short while you again go back to  calling yourself as Chairman in your communications, where I am not an addressee and of which I learn through others. Such actions create confusion in everybody’s mind about our structure and are not in the interest of IESM.  In future kindly don't use the title of Chairman IESM for yourself.  
          I regret the use of harsh tone towards  an old colleague but I cannot let our struggle for OROP go off rails, when  we are within sight of our goal. Many of us, including you,  have invested  much  time and effort in getting it approved by the government.  Let us not scuttle it.
 Best regards,

 Lt Gen Raj Kadyan, Chairman IESM
262, Sector - 17A, Gurgaon - 122 001
OROP: ESM by IESM on 1 Feb 15 at Jntr Mntr.
HAVE FAITH,BE  PATIENT,WAIT FOR IMPLEMENTATION ORDERS,DON'T REPEAT DON'T THREAT to THE GOVT OF about AGITATION:
    In its history of over three decades, it is the first time that the Prime Minister himself has committed on granting OROP in at least three public meetings - Goa, Hisar and Siachen. Besides, the Defence Minister during his 12 Jan interview affirmed that the government is committed to giving OROP  and money is not an issue.
       Although the unhappy history of OROP does give us a cause for apprehension, it is also true that at no time previously the highest executive authority had made a firm commitment as has been done now. Rightly, we should have faith, be patient and await the implementation orders.
       It is reiterated that the Service Headquarters are fully backing the grant of OROP and are pushing it during the Joint Working Group meetings.
Message from RDOA  is reproduced below:
"Retired Defence Officers' Association is against the agitation proposed by IESM on 01 Feb 2015and will not participate in it."
President/Secretary, RDOA
09871351203, 09818039172

EX-SERVICEMEN JOINT ACTION FRONT(SANJHA MORCHA)
 Totally condemn  such agitation at this stage without giving an opportunity to the Govt to fulfill  its commitment to grant OROP before the Budget and will be effective w.e.f 01 Apiril 2015. Hence no question of such Premature agitation which will project ESM reputation in bad light just prior to the Delhi elections. 
Sanjha Morcha calls such agitation as senseless and being done in isolation for image projection of an Individual and disassociate itself from agitation.
President/Gen secy


Dear Veterans,
1. An Eye opener issue of legal cases & lawful position of Gen Satbir Gp, has been unfolded by Gen Kadyan & Col Bhardwaj in their trailing emails. We are thankful for coming up with latest truth of whole drama. I am also witness to the Courts directions of last year, where Gen Kadyan, Gen Satbir, Gen Jaini, Sep DS Sheoran and we all were present in Chandigarh Court. Judge had over ruled all appeals of Gen Satbir Gp saying “You cannot sack your IESM Chairman Gen Kadyan illegally & unceremoniously against the Society rules. Please hand over charge back to Gen Kadyan & then hold fresh elections to set the Working of IESM right”. On the adverse remarks by the Judge, Gen Kadyan had apologised very humbly & gracefully on behalf of all ESM there being the senior most, for the poor behaviour  bad discipline shown in the Court, while contesting their points of views. Gen Satbir took no note of it & ran away.
2. There are many more such examples of bypassing of rules, code of conduct, flouting military norms & gentlemanship (basic values of soldiering), just for the sake of money & power lust. That’s how, IESM is facing many serious Court cases & spoiled ESM unity/ comradeship and weakened our fight against the Babus. It is not the case of just upmanship. One cannot bypass serious advice of senior veterans & ignore contribution of other committed ESM Org/ NGOs and spoil the sanctity of our most legitimate needs & Demands. The only aim of Gen Satbir & Gp is to muster max ESM support to win IESM pending elections for the Chairmanship & other appointments, thus misleading/ befooling ESM community & misusing IESM funds for pers gains in IESM elections. And also help anti ESM & Congi elements. Cho….. machai shor.  
3. Please also read the following Emails by the serious concerned senior Veterans, including of Gen Kadyan, Col Bhardwaj, Gen Harwant & many more…
With regards.
Col Sohi. 9815107744. Mohali.

Dear Veterans
1. Request you all to wait and see. I agree with Col SS Sohi and Other Veterans. We are sure that OROP will be implemented within a month or two. I agree with the comments and various suggestions in pro & cons for proposed Protest Rally on 1st Feb2015 at Jntr Mntr. Dear Friends the next Date for hearing Pb & Hry High Court is 13th Jan 2015 in that Maj Gen Satbir is also to face the Court because he has misled the Court by taking stay on the orders of Fresh Elections of IESM by the State Registrar of Haryana. He has no role to play in the IESM& call himself President (Chairman) of IESM, until & unless fresh Election of IESM on coliseum basses are held. But all these rumors by defunct IESM and self styled president Satbir is misguiding and trying to be in News for his personal gains and misusing your funds in lacs & lacs.
2. I have not been active on this subject since long because on behalf of the Govt never wanted to comment or say anything positive or negative. The notification for One Rank One Pension (OROP) is not yet notified. Govt is going to give you 100% OROP before next budget as promised by Defense Minister Sh Manohar Parrikar. 
3. Dear friends, We ack views & suggestions from concerned ESM from last 3-4 days. How ever, we cannot allow selfish ESM elements to spoil our hard earned unity (understanding), relations &rapport created with BJP. Till 6 months back whole ESM community worked to gather to bring BJP in power, just to seek full OROP & justice. Gen Satbir use to share stage with MODI Jee all the time. Since, he has not been rewarded by BJP due to his poor reputation; he cannot misguide & dodge whole ESM community to pick up fight with the same BJP, just because of his own glorification, pers ambitions & aspirations.
4. We must have some patience &maturity to deal with such a strong, positive & result producing Govt. Govt is also committing to honour promises made to the ESM. We should not wage a war so prematurely, sply when, New Defence Minister (just in last 2 months in office), has given following solid commitments on 29/12/14 from GAO:-
a. We will clear OROP before the next budget, ie by Feb 2015.
b. 100% OROP will be given & not 80%.
c. OROP Definition, as given by the ESM community will be implemented in Toto.
d. OROP will be for all days to come & not merely one time.
e. OROP needs Rs 9300 crores to implement in full. Cong gave Rs 500 & BJP gave Rs 1000 in last budget. Short fall will be met from this budget.
5. Unhappy lot in IESM is twisting the facts to channelise ESM community wef 1/2/14 against the Modi Govt for their pers interests. In fact, this IESM had announced this war wef 3/1214 in odd winter, which got gobbled out, some how. Therefore, there is a need to be vigilant & aware of the correct picture.
6. Govt does not work the Army way & respond to your each & every query in days. We have to give respectable time to the new ruling party & coop with Govt in settling ESM problems one by one. OROP is our just one main demand on first agenda, which should be dealt with very diligently. We have yet many more such demands & problems since Nehru's time, to settle with the Govt. We have given our maximum and got the least from the Govt side. BJP can help listening our problems afresh & settle for ever, if briefed properly.
7. How ever, it is not end of the world. We shall wait & see patiencely. If need be we can always review the situation time to time& test the Govt's sincerity. We also appreciate views of Gen Harwant Singh, Gen Suman & many more to show patience. Mean while some senior enough impartial Officer(s) may take on responsibility of uniting the ESM community under one committee. We should avoid threatening Govt of things like vote bank, Maha rally etc, which we are not sure of strength. Hence, we feel it is too early & premature to wage a war (unprepared) against the new Govt & spoil the peace, image & relations, just for nothing.
8. At the most, Gen Satbir can collect not more than 380 ESM incl 50 Offrs, as per his past. Only Congress elements can get boost from such untimely agitations against ruling party.
With warm Regards.
COL KANWAR BHARDWAJ-SENA MEDAL
GENERAL SECRETARY
INDIAN EX-SERVICEMEN MOVEMENT

  After reading the views of majority of veterans ,it is crystal clear that senior Veterans have suggested that agitation at this stage will be step in haste and may prove to be counterproductive or will be a premature step.
There is need to understand and read between the lines the statements given by responsible politicians. 
It not too late to review the decision of Agitation by Maj Gen Satbir Singh, which will be in wisdom of and interest of ESM community as a whole. wait and watch before the Budget as committed by the defence Minister give him an opportunity.
1. Present Political scenario  
 Gen Satbir should be wise enough to read between the lines on the Political statement given by PM Narinder Modi views expressed  while launching the party’s poll campaign for the Delhi Assembly polls at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi on Saturday 10 Feb 2015 on  agitations
        “Those who have specialisation in blocking roads, staging sit-ins, launching agitations, give them that work. Our specialisation is in running a good government. Give us that task,” he said.
      Any step taken for agitation will be counterproductive. It will be presumed by the BJP govt that ESM are with Congress or APP and agitation will termed as Anti-Govt .
 Today BJP concentration is to win Delhi elections hence they will not even look at ESM agitation and will be taken in negative aspect.
 Further it will convey that ESM have lost trust in PM and the defence Minister commitments towards grant of OROP. Lets wait for more time and take up the agitation after Delhi elections instead of annoying the ruling govt 
  Gen Satbir must recollect that he himself was present during the First election rally of 
  
Shri Narendra Modi at Ex-Servicemen Rally in Rewari, Haryana: 15.09.2013 
2.Gen Satbir hidden Ambition      No doubts Gen Satbir has a sole motive to always lead whether right or wrong AND REMAIN IN LIME LIGHT at any cost. He pretends to have lot of JOSH but looses his balance on HOSH. Every ESM organisation leaders want to remain in lime light in the eyes of veterans but rare to unite with each other. Gen Satbir is excellent in writing letters, (termed as paper Tiger) at drop of a hat which he invariably uploads and circulates in emails without any concrete output in terms of any reply from any quarters.Its good habit but till the time meeting are not held with appropriate authorities in a congenial atmosphere nothing  can be milked from the politicians.
      He must recollect that during congress regime Mr Anthony never gave him any time for any meeting except Gen Raj Kadiyan. One has to be balanced personality nothing can be achieved with threats. ESM does not have solid voting base in any segments of Delhi where ESM can garner any seat. Is it he wants to show BJP govt that he has so many ESM with him, or to remain in Lime light.
  
3. IESM NO MORE VOICE OF ESM OF THE NATION  SPLITS
  1. The Present IESM came into existence with support of all ESM in 1998. There after its first step to garner support of BJP and calling Mr Advani created first split resulting disassociation ESM from Punjab. The claim to remain apolitical went for a toss. It annoyed the Congress which came to power and never ever gave any hearing to IESM office barrier for 10 years of their rule not even at the fag end. There was formation of EX-Servicemen Joint Action front ( Sanjha Morcha) in Dec 1999.
2. The second split came due to undemocratic election of IESM and funds misuse,resulting Col Bhardwaj splitting away with Gurgoan ESM and got involved in litigation among each other.
3.  The third split was over the elections again and mustering of members and again misuse of funds. The pillar of IESM who worked tirelessly day get more members was col SS Rajan, loosing the South ESM along with him
4. The last and the final split was with Gen Raj Kadiayan over his meeting with Mr Anthony as a individual and not with team. There after elections were held in Poona to ensure smooth exit of Gen Kadiyan. The pretext made Gen satbir to withdraw cash from the bank donated by ESM community to fight the elections, which was  over 40 lakhs or so.It also led to litigation among two generals  but misuse of ESM donated funds never stopped for personal TA/DA use.
          It can be logically concluded that IESM is no more a Voice of ESM but an organisation of Gen Satbir himself who has reaped benefit for his personal gains in terms by getting security agency contracts during Asian games and Gen kadiyan in  an organizing capacity . How come both came so close to govt for their benefit but failed to twist the arms for OROP.
5.  Chairmanship Claim
  
    Who is the real Chairman of IESM, Gen Raj Kadiyan or Gen Satbir. If these two generals are fighting among each other till date over chairmanship ,do we ESM expect any fruitful fulfillment of our demand from such agitation. It only conclude that its the showmanship which is encouraging Gen Satbir to go ahead with the agitation at his own discretion, and want to be in the News.
  
6. TIME TO Collect Funds
  
   This is the right time for IESM fragmented balance lobby to request ESM to donate funds, without giving report of the all the previous donations collected approximately more than a crore in Indian currency and Foreign exchange . ESM cannot be fooled anymore.Emails are being floted for the purpose without giving the details of previous funds and FD's in lakhs and their utilization of their interest.  Vetrans will be asked to donate generouslyAS USUAL
8 FATE OF  MEDALS
    There was a wave among ESM to deposit their hard earned medal to the supreme commander armed forces approx 25000 Nos , but what is their fate today. Can Gen Satbir give any concrete reply today and how many time Presidents himself came to receive the medals. For politician its just a piece of metals and for soldiers it the glory of their last. It extremely annoyed the ruling congress and thereafter signature drive by Gen satbir with Blood also went in vain. What are we upto ? NO Blood no medals had any effect on the govt but made them more stubborn. Its unfortunate that many ESM may have left this world to heavenly abode and will not be there to receive back their medals and deprived their Kins too to have the possession .
7. Concluding Notes
  Absolutely, This is the wrongest possible time to agitate. As it is agitation as a weapon to force the Govt to concede to our demands is being over rated. ESM do not have that kind of numbers.  No Govt worth its salt will succumb to a crude pressure like an agitation. Agitations could not get us OROP ,nor have till date,even from a weak UPA II. Those who think they can force a Modi Govt to yield to our demand however just, by belching out some loud and crude slogans are living in fool's paradise.  Yes, we will get our OROP not because  Gen Satbir is making a spectacle of himself at Jantar Mantar but because this Govt is a patriotic Govt and wants the people who had given their youth to the nation, live out their waning years in dignity. Any agitation at this stage can only come in the way of OROP but cannot advance it. Gen Satbir is advised to avoid from such petty agitation as he is no more representation ESM but trying to full fill his own ambition by projecting himself.  Its time for Gen Satbir to call all ESM organisation and unite and get the fragmented ESM back to the folds of IESM if  he thinks he is the representative of ESM of the Nation which he is not as on date. We can only pray GOD that good sense should prevail in him to review the agitation decision till Delhi elections are over as this will only annoy BJP govt and term ESM as their enemy until unless he is supporting Congress/APP for his own claim on any ticket as viewed by majority of ESM.
 Gen satbir may have good intentions but is always in haste .


My dear Satbir,
 I strongly feel that by holding rally on 
01 Feb
, we will unnecessarily precipitate matters. We have waited for so long, so let us wait for the budget. Give this suggestion due consideration. With warm regards. 


Gen Harwant.

Dear General Satbir,
Most grateful to you for your reply. 
No one doubts your sincerity and devotion to the cause of the veterans. To you goes the credit for bringing the issue of OROP to the centre stage. You have put in so much of hard work and we are so close to fruitation. Why undo all that? 
I strongly feel that an agitational approach at this stage will do severe damage to our cause. Allow me to clarify.
Veterans' power as a vote bank is a self-created delusion. We count for nothing. One, we lack unity to vote en-block. Look at the number of veterans associations - they cannot come together on a single platform. No Chief or army commander has come forward to lead veteran's struggle as they are not affected. So what unity are we talking about. Two, most ex-soldiers still vote according to their caste and creed preferences. Congress would not have won all bye-elections in Uttrakhand, if the ex-soldiers were unhappy with it as every house has a member in the services.  
Therefore, no political party is unduly worried about our votes. Remember, not a soul from the UPA Govt bothered about our past agitations, return of medals and blood-written appeals.
Threats, unless backed by adequate power, always misfire. Our much-proclaimed leverage of Delhi elections is totally misplaced and hollow. What option do the Delhi soldiers have except to vote for BJP? I am sure you are not suggesting Kejriwal to spite BJP. 
Agitation should be the last resort - a sort of Brahmastra. If NDA calls our bluff by winning Delhi elections, there will be nothing that we can do after that. Will that mark the end of our struggle or do we switch back to Congress? Remember Congress has not even included non-implementation of OROP in its booklet on "NDA U-turns'.
Finally, the current regime is our last and the best hope. Unlike the previous Govt, NDA has been assiduously working on all issues related to OROP. Look at the number of meetings the veterans have had with the Defence Minister. His honesty of purpose is beyond reproach. We are being unfair to him by repeatedly distorting his remarks and intentionally ignoring the clarifications given subsequently.    It will be far more gracious and rewarding on the part of IESM to cancel agitation and declare that it has confidence in the sense of fair-play of the NDA regime. May I once again request you to reconsider your decision. 

 Maj Gen Mrinal Suman

Dear General Satbir,
1. I agree with you that a crucial election time is the best time to get the Govt to buckle. As I see it, the Delhi elections, though crucial, will Not at all get influenced by an agitation/protest/show of discontent by Ex Servicemen. If they do well in the elections, which they are likely to, your efforts will be quite obviously counter productive.
2. I recommend we should wait a while; maybe even wait a long while. Bihar elections are yet more crucial with strong opponents; there is a sizable Ex Servicemen population who could threaten to tilt the balance.
 warm regards,
 Maj Gen Harwant Krishan

Dear veterans,
Absolutely. This is the wrongest possible time to agitate. As it is agitation as a weapon to force the Govt to concede to our demands is being over rated. ESM do not have that kind of numbers.  No Govt worth its salt will succumb to a crude pressure like an agitation. Agitations could not get us OROP even from a weak UPA II. Those who think they can force a Modi Govt to yield to our demand however just, by belching out some loud and crude slogans are living in fool's paradise.  Yes, we will get our OROP not because some fool like Gen Satbir is making a spectacle of himself at Jantar Mantar but because this Govt is a patriotic Govt and wants the people who had given their youth to the nation, live out their waning years in dignity.  Any agitation at this stage can only come in the way of OROP but cannot advance it.
Col Vinod Rathi

  It is not understood that why the people are too much interested for agitation and what they are trying show the Govt. When the newly appointed   Def. Min. has committed that  100% OROP will be implemented before the next budget , so we too should have the patience for such a small period and should give the time till new budget to the Def. Min.So dear veterans wait and watch till the time given by the Honorable Def Min, hopefully our OROP must be implemented before new budget as per commitment.
          My dear friends this is my personal views, we should wait with patience at this time after that if there is no response by the Def Min / Govt then be united in a single and strong formation/cell so that we can go altogether for a grant AGITATION under a good leadership.
          Warm regards in cool climate 
           Gurmeet 

Dear Veterans
. Why agitations wef 1/2/15? It's good to keep pressure on Govt to implement OROP soon. But this repeated method of threats & creating reasons to steal the show & credit of OROP implementation, looks to be premature & cheap tactics for self glorification by some. Specially when Def Min has already announced on 27/12/14 to implement 100% OROP before the next budget that is by Feb 2015. Its due to financial & some adm problems. OROP need Rs 9300 crores & MOD has 500+1000=1500 crores allotted so far. Balance amount is planned to come from the next budge. Our OROP Definition has also been accepted in toto, as per Def Min statement.
With Warm Regards
  Ram Kuma,  General Secretary
 NExCC DELHI.  M 9868206455.

Thank you for fwd all relevant mail pertaining to ESM interest , and particularly for endorsing all comn related to the proposed " Maha rally (!)" called by a faction of the IESM .May I convey the views of Swabhimani Samaj Sainik Manch ( SSSM).
      With due respect to the ESM fraternities sentiments that Govt decision on OROP is over due,we endorse the opinion of the majority of ESM org that; the top leadership of present Central Govt is with us on the issue of OROP in the form  & spirit that the ESM community wants it ,that the present administration  SHOULD BE GIVEN  MORE TIME TO WORK OUT THE DITTY GRITTY, THAT THE CALL FOR ANY AGITATION ON THE ISSUE , AS OF NOW, IS  NOT JUSTIFIED and that ANY SUCH MOV WILL BE DETRIMENTAL TO OUR INTERESTS & UNITY .
   In view of the above we appeal to all the ESM org to openly pronounce their stand, instruct their members to remain away from the agitation and try to persuade the ' IESM faction' under Maj Gen Satbir Singh to call off their "agitated rally ".
  I shall be grateful if you spread the contents of this mail to max no of ESM .
 = Maj Gen N Bahadur, Veteran.
  National Convener , SSSM.
SAINIK SAMAJ PARTY NOT TO SUPPORT 01 FEB 2015 RALLY OF IESM
By Lt Col CR Sundar, President Sainik Samaj Party Tamil Nadu
          Sainik Samaj Party will not be participating in the rally called for by IESM to be held on 01 Feb 2015. This was announced by Lt Col Balbir Singh Parmar, the National President of Sainik Samaj Party.
          In a statement issued on 22 Jan 2015 at Dehra Dun he said, “After due deliberation, Sainik Samaj Party has reached the decision that it will not support the 01 Feb rally called by IESM either to congratulate the government if they declare OROP on 26 Jan or give a call to vote against BJP if they do not implement OROP on or before 26 Jan 2015. We believe that the government is not in a position to declare it on 26 Jan since Delhi is already in election mode and it will amount to violation of ‘model code of conduct’. Creating a crisis out of nothing is AAP credo. Sainik Samaj Party does everything with due deliberation.”
          He has hence requested all its members, supporters and sympathizers not to participate in the proposed rally on 1 Feb at Jantar Mantar.
          Col Balbir Parmar has gone on to state that, “Sainik Samaj Party believes that the issue will be addressed by the government in the coming Union budget which will be presented in the Lok Sabha on 28 Feb. Failing to address this just demand will force the party to take other means to protest including challenging in electoral battle.”
          Elucidating the party’s view on OROP Col Parmar said, “Sainik Samaj Party demands One Rank One Pension for all veterans of Indian Armed Forces. In addition it also supports the same for civilian pensioners. The anomaly in pension is the direct outcome of various governments’ inflationary policies where people are cheated and forced to render cheap labour in a systematic manner. If there were no inflation there would not have been any disparity in pension. The fiat money is not insured in terms of commodity equivalent and thus does not safeguard against erosion of pension benefits. This insensitiveness by succeeding governments has led to wide disparity among veterans who start retiring at a very young age, theoretically 33 years of age onwards.”
          On the political front Parmar said, “Party also exhorts all its cadre to vote for Ms Kiran Bedi in the true traditions of Presidential democracy for which we work tirelessly. Seeing the past record AAP leadership is unreliable and irresponsible and cannot be expected to deliver the required results in administering Delhi post elections. Kiran Bedi is a person of her word and can be trusted upon whatever she speaks. On the other hand Mr Arvind Kejriwal is a maverick and unreliable person who is known to take U-turns everywhere. Therefore, for the time being vote and support Ms Kiran Bedi for Delhi CM”.
PRESS MEETING AT THE CHENNAI PRESS CLUB ON 28 JAN 2015 AT 10AM
          I will be addressing a press meeting on the above and allied subjects at the Chennai Press Club, Chepauk, Chennai on 28 Jan 2015 at 10am.
          At the press meeting we will also be discussing the precarious condition of the State of Tamil Nadu which is teetering under a reluctant chief minister and is catastrophically edging closer and closer to a gigantic administrative collapse.
          May I request all to make it convenient to attend the meeting.
FULL TEST OF THE STATEMENT OF LT COL BALBIR SINGH PARMAR,
PRESIDENT SAINIK SAMAJ PARTY SAINIK SAMAJ PARTY’S STAND ON OROP
AND IESM’S 01 FEBRUARY 2015 RALLY
1.     Sainik Samaj Party demands One Rank One Pension for all veterans of Indian Armed Forces. In addition it also supports the same for civilian pensioners. The anomaly in pension is the direct outcome of various governments’ inflationary policies where people are cheated and forced to render cheap labour in a systematic manner. If there were no inflation there would not have been any disparity in pension. The fiat money is not insured in terms of commodity equivalent and thus does not safeguard against erosion of pension benefits. This insensitiveness by succeeding governments has led to wide disparity among veterans who start retiring at a very young age, theoretically 33 years of age onwards.
2.     Sainik Samaj Party believes that the issue will be addressed by the government in the coming Union budget which will be presented in the Lok Sabha on 28 Feb. Failing to address this just demand will force the party to take other means to protest including challenging in electoral battle.
3.     After due deliberation, Sainik Samaj Party has reached the decision that it will not support the 01 Feb rally called by IESM either to congratulate the government if they declare OROP on 26 Jan or give a call to vote against BJP if they do not implement OROP on or before 26 Jan 2015. We believe that the government is not in a position to declare it on 26 Jan since Delhi is already in election mode and it will amount to violation of ‘model code of conduct’. Creating a crisis out of nothing is AAP credo. Sainik Samaj Party does everything with due deliberation. Hence the party requests all its members, supporters and sympathizers not to participate in the proposed rally on 1 Feb at Jantar Mantar. Party also exhorts all its cadre to vote for Ms Kiran Bedi in the true traditions of Presidential democracy for which we work tirelessly. Seeing the past record AAP leadership is unreliable and irresponsible and cannot be expected to deliver the required results in administering Delhi post elections. Kiran Bedi is a person of her word and can be trusted upon whatever she speaks. On the other hand Mr Arvind Kejriwal is a maverick and unreliable person who is known to take U-turns everywhere. Therefore, for the time being vote and support Ms Kiran Bedi for Delhi CM.


Lt Col CR Sundar,
Plot No. 43, 24th Cross Street,
Padmavathy Nagar, Madambakkam,
Chennai - 600126, 80561 63792
'I am proud of my son's sacrifice': Family and Army pay tribute to braveheart Colonel Rai  
Colonel Munindra Nath Rai, who died fighting militants in Kashmir, was on Wednesday hailed by the Army for always leading from the front in operations and reaching out to youth in militancy-hit areas. 
As the Army paid its tributes to the slain officer, his father Nagendra Rai, a retired principal of a government school in Ghazipur told Mail Today: “I am proud of my son’s sacrifice for his motherland. I have brought up all my sons for this purpose”. 
M.N. Rai was the youngest of the three brothers. His elder brother Y.N. Rai is serving as the commanding officer in the CRPF while his other brother D.N. Rai, is a lieutenant colonel in the Indian Army. 
“People started gathering at our house to express their gratitude. But I distributed sweets…… it is an honour that my son laid his life for the country”, Nagendra said. 
M.N. Rai is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son. 
“Now I will live in Delhi and will ensure that his children make it to the Indian Army”, the father added. 
The 39-year-old Colonel, a commanding officer of the 42 RR, was leading the operation in Hindura village when he came under fire. The fire fight, in which both militants were killed, also led to the death head constable Sanjeev Kumar on the spot. 
Col. Rai was awarded the Yudh Seva Medal on Monday (Republic Day) for killing a foreign terrorist in a close encounter last year, but did not live to collect his medal. 
The Yudh Seva Medal is awarded for the highest degree of distinguished service in war or conflict.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2930617/I-proud-son-s-sacrifice-Family-Army-pay-tribute-braveheart-Colonel-Rai.html#ixzz3QE2xZGq8 

India Salutes Colonel MN Rai, Braveheart Killed in Kashmir

Colonel MN Rai, the 39-year-old who was shot while fighting terrorists in Kashmir, was given full state honours this morning at his cremation. Colonel Rai was martyred a day after receiving a gallantry award for his service in Kashmir.
His wife, two daughters and son were present in Delhi for the moving tribute to a braveheart. Top army officers including Chief Dalbir Singh were present to honour the hero.  Colonel Rai the highest-ranking military officer to be killed in the region in nearly a year.

On Tuesday, the Colonel offered two terrorists a chance to surrender- they were holed up in a house in a village 30 kilometres from Srinagar. The terrorists ran out of the house and opened fire, killing the army officer and a policeman.
Members of a Quick Reaction Team killed the two terrorists. 
Colonel Rai was the Commanding Officer of 42 Rashtriya Rifles (42 RR) and was known to lead from the front.  When he was killed, his status on popular messaging service WhatsApp read, "Play your role in life with such passion, that even after the curtains come down, the applause doesn't stop."  That message was posted two months ago.  
A policeman, Sanjeev Singh, was also killed in the encounter that the army described as an intense gun battle at a village in Pulwama in south Kashmir. 
"It was my duty to shoot the enemy, and I don't regret it. My regrets are for the people I couldn't save: soldiers, buddies, innocents, etc," says the policeman's status message on WhatsApp, posted 48 days ago.
Colonel Rai was the youngest of 13 officers awarded the Yudh Seva Medal on Repiblic Day for killing a terrorist in a close battle last year. The Yudh Seva Medal is awarded for the highest degree of distinguished service in a war or conflict.http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/india-salutes-colonel-mn-rai-braveheart-killed-in-kashmir-655123?curl=1422546036
The daughter of Col MN Rai cries as she salutes to pay her last respect to his mortal remains during his cremation in the Delhi Cantt on Thursday. Rai was killed in a gunbattle with militants in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday. -
Wife of Colonel M N Rai during the cremation rai at Brar Square Delhi cantt in new Delhi on Thursday - 

Daughter Holding a photograph of Colonel M N Rai during the cremation rai at Brar Square Delhi cantt in new Delhi on Thursday 

A resident of Ghaziabad, Rai is survived by his wife, two daughters — 11 years and eight years — and a six-year-old son. 

Daughter and son pay Tribute to Colonel M N Rai during the cremation rai at Brar Square Delhi cantt in new Delhi on Thursday (Source: Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey) - See more at: 


Rai, who took charge of 42 RR on 5 May, 2013, was awarded the Yudh Seva Medal for his “astute professionalism and unparalleled leadership”.



Army chief Dalbir Singh Suhag pay Tribute to Colonel M N Rai during the cremation rai at Brar Square Delhi cantt in new Delhi on Thursday -

Unfortunately in an operation in Tral, J&K, Indian Army lost a Commanding Officer due to militant action — Col Munindra Nath Rai from 9 Gorkha Rifles who was CO 42 RR. He had been awarded a YSM (Yudh Seva Medal) on 26 Jan 2015,” said an official statement from the Army. - 

At Braveheart's Cremation, Daughter Shouts His Regiment's War Cry

She stood there, tears rolling down her cheeks, an 11-year-old girl seeing her father for the last time. 
Alka Rai rose above her grief to shriek an old Gorkha war cry; then she saluted her father Colonel MN Rai, an officer of the 2/9 Gurkha Rifles who was commanding the 42 Rashtriya Rifles. 
 The 39-year-old was killed by terrorists in Tral in Kashmir on Tuesday.  A day earlier, he had been honoured for his bravery and awarded a Yudh Seva Medal on Republic Day, recognition for his immense capability and success as a Commanding Officer involved in anti-terror operations.  
 Colonel Rai is survived by his wife, Priyanka, and three children - two daughters and a son, Aditya.  
 At the very solemn ceremony today at Brar Square at Delhi Cantonment, 6-year-old Aditya touched his father's feet for the last time, perhaps not understanding the gravity of what had happened.
 His mother was inconsolable, almost unable to stand as she tried to shower her husband's body with petals.
 Helping her was a CRPF officer in uniform. He stood strong, holding Priyanka up and guiding her away. The officer was none other than YN Rai, Colonel MN Rai's brother.  In 2002, YN Rai had taken a bullet for the country, fighting terrorists in Jammu during the famous operation at the Raghunath Temple when terrorists killed nine people and injured 42.
 And finally, there was General Dalbir Singh, the Army Chief, a fellow Gurkha officer, saluting the Colonel and then reaching out to the family, holding them, and assuring them that when the chips were down, the Army stood together, as one family. The deeds of Colonel MN Rai would not be forgotten. And the family would always be looked after.
 MN Rai was an inspiration for many around him, the ultimate leader and best possible friend. Former Army officers who had been cadets with him told us about how he would not only complete a route march with 22 kilos on his back but often pick up the 22-kilo backpack of fellow cadets who were flagging.  
 As an officer, Rai was known to always take the initiative in what the Indian Army considers one of its finest traditions - the officer corps leading from the front.  
 It was no different this time around. When intelligence reports came in of a group of terrorists hiding in a home in Tral, the Colonel was the first to act, rushing to the site with an Army Quick Reaction team.  When members of a family emerged from the house claiming the militants would surrender, he paused for a moment, a moment that cost him his life. Storming out of the house, the militants unleashed automatic gunfire in all directions.  
 The Colonel was hit on the temple. He died later in hospital.  
 Another man also lost his life. Sanjeev Singh of the Special Operations Group of the Jammu and Kashmir Police was a Head Constable who had been involved in anti-terrorist operations for years. He too was shot down and died on the spot.  
 Colonel MN Rai, who also has another brother in the Army, based in Kolkata, would have lived life in no other way. For him, as with so many brave-hearts of the Army, India comes first, each and every time.
 His last status update on WhatsApp said it all ... "Play your role in life with such passion, that even after the curtains come down, the applause doesn't stop."http://www.ndtv.com/article/blog/at-braveheart-s-cremation-daughter-shouts-his-regiment-s-war-cry-655315

Modi government missing as India paid homage to braveheart Col MN Rai

Even as India on Thursday paid its last respects to late Colonel Munindra Nath Rai martyred in anti-terror operations in Jammu and Kashmir, the Central government which claims to have adopted a strong stand on security related issues was conspicuously missing from the scene.
Several senior Army officers including Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag were present to pay homage to Colonel Rai, but no senior minister from the Central government showed up to offer their respects to the martyr or offer condolences to his family.
The cremation took place in the national capital and even with senior ministers including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikkar present in the city, not even a single representative from the government arrived at the cremation ground to place a wreath on the martyr's mortal remains.
Modi government missing as India paid homage to braveheart Col MN Rai
No senior minister from the Central government showed up to offer their respects to the martyr or offer condolences to his family.
Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have been claiming to have maintained a tough stand on Pakistan sponsored terror activities and had attacked the Congress-led UPA regime for maintaining a soft stand on security related issues.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had in January 2014 said that India should get at least 10 heads of Pakistani soldier after Indian trooper Lance Naik Hemraj of Rajputana Rifles was beheaded during a border skirmish in Jammu and Kashmir. Singh was killed on the Line of Control and his severed head was allegedly paraded by the Pakistan Army.
While the Uttar Pradesh government announced a compensation of Rs 30 lakh for Col Rai's family as he was a native of Derhgava village in Sohaval area of the state's Ghazipur district, the Central government is yet to do so.
Colonel Munindra Nath Rai, the commanding officer of 42 Rashtriya Rifles, was martyred along with Jammu and Kashmir Police constable Sanjeev Singh in an encounter with Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists in Tral area of Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday evening. Commissioned into the 2/9 Gorkha Rifles, the 39-year-old Colonel was honoured with a Yudh Sena Medal on Republic Day, just a day before he was killed in the encounter.
No senior minister from the Central government showed up to offer their respects to the martyr or offer condolences to his family.http://ibnlive.in.com/news/modi-government-missing-as-india-paid-homage-to-braveheart-col-mn-rai/525522-3.html

Sonia Gandhi condoles Colonel MN Rai's death


Striking a personal note, Congress President Sonia Gandhi condoled the death Colonel M N Rai, a commanding officer who died in a gun battle with terrorists, and wrote to his wife telling her she knows what it is to lose a beloved husband to a terror attack.
Sonia Gandhi in a letter to Rai's wife Priyanka, said, "I share your grief with all my heart -- I know what it is to lose a beloved husband to a terrorist attack, and for children to be robbed of the love and guidance of their father at a young age." At the time of Rajiv Gandhi's death, Rahul and Priyanka were 21 and 19-years-old.
In her condolence message, the Congress President told Rai's wife, "Ever since receiving the news of your brave husband's death, my thoughts and prayers have been with you and your family."
Hailing Col Munindra Nath Rai as a "patriot to the core", Gandhi said that he was a courageous officer who inspired his men by his fearless dedication to duty and his readiness to sacrifice his life for his country.
"He has upheld the finest and most honourable traditions of our armed forces and brought glory to the Indian Army and his regiment. It is most tragic twist of fate that he lost his life just a day after receiving the Yudh Seva Medal....," the Congress President said.
Gandhi told Rai's wife that she must draw strength from the fact that her husband died fighting terrorism and defending his country till his last breath and that his supreme sacrifice and martyrdom will always be honoured.
"He has left you and children a proud and noble legacy," she said.
39-year-old Rai lost his life fighting terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Tral area on January 27, just a day after being awarded Yudh Seva Medal. He leaves behind his wife, two daughters and a son.
The Commanding Officer was hailed by the Army for always leading from the front in operations and reaching out to youths in militancy-hit areas. http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-sonia-gandhi-condoles-colonel-mn-rai-s-death-2056609
Obituary - Col PT Muthanna (Retd)
With profound grief, I regret to convey the sad news that Col PT Muthanna (Retd), MARATHA LI left for his heavenly abode this morning. I understand that the cremation would be at Bangalore tomorrow. Further details later.
Col Muthanna had taken over from me as Gp Cdr NCC at Kottayam on 30 Apr 1996. 
May the departed soul Rest in Peace.
Mohan

Indian tunes dominate Beating the Retreat ceremony at Vijay Chowk

Tunes by Indian musicians, foot-tapping drumbeats and calming chimes reverberated the air as the imposing Rashtrapati Bhavan lit up at sunset marking the end of the 66th Republic Day celebrations with ‘Beating Retreat’ ceremony at Vijay Chowk here today.

Indian tunes were the flavour of this year’s ceremony including ‘Vir Bharat’, ‘Chhana Bilauri’, ‘Jai Janam Bhumi’ and ‘Athulya Bharat’ which garnered a large round of applause from the viewers.

Other tunes were ‘Deshon Ka Sartaj Bharat’, ‘Cutty’s Wedding’, ‘Piper O’ Drumond’, ‘Gorkha Brigade’, ‘Ocean Splendour’, ‘Blue Field’, ‘Battle of the Sky’, ‘Anandlokey’, ‘Dashing Desh’, ‘Flying Star’, ‘Glorious India’, ‘Bhupal’, ‘Indian Soldiers’, ‘Hathroi’, ‘Salam to the Soldiers’, ‘Giri Raj’, ‘Drummers’ Call’, ‘Abide With Me’ and lastly the ever-popular ‘Sare Jahan Se Acha’.

Tunes of Hindi songs ‘Aie mere vatan ke logon’, ‘Maa Tujhe salam’ and ‘kandhon se milte hain kandhen’ also sent the spectators into a time-warp.

President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari accompanied by his wife Salma, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several other dignitaries watched as the bands from several regiments of the armed forces played.

Mukherjee, the chief guest of the function and the Supreme Commander of the armed forces, came from the Rashtrapati Bhavan in his armoured limousine unlike last year when he had arrived in an open six-horse buggy which was used by the Viceroy during the British rule.

His arrival was sounded by trumpeters, buglers and echo buglers followed by playing of national anthem.

20 of the 23 performances were composed by Indian musicians for the hour-long ceremony in which bands of the Indian Army, as also one each from the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force, participated.

The band members, in their red, olive green, orange and navy blue uniforms, played the tunes for an hour before the flag was lowered amid retreat by buglers.

Pakistan opposes UN Security Council's permanent seat to India
ISLAMABAD, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan on Thursday reiterated its opposition to grant permanent UN Security Council's seat to India and insisted on reforms to make the forum more democratic.
Pakistan contested the Indian move after U.S. President Barrack Obama announced support for India to seek permanent Security Council's seat during his recent visit.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said India does not "qualify to become a permanent member of UNSC because of its violations of UN resolutions".
"India is in violation of the UN Security Council resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir and the right of people of Kashmir to self- determination," the spokesperson said at her weekly press briefing.
The spokesperson, however, said Pakistan supported reforms in the United Nations as "it is in the interest of everyone to seek more democratic, effective and credible mechanism of the maintenance of international peace and security through a comprehensive reform of the Security Council."
To a question about the nuclear agreement between the United States and India, Aslam said Pakistan has shown serious concerns over the deal as it would badly affect the stability in the region.
"On the conventional side, India's massive acquisition of weapons further complicates the regional strategic stability," she said.
She said India's defence spending has increased by 12 percent in 2014-15 and stands at 38.35 billion U.S. dollars. "India has been the top buyers of arms for the last three years."
"In this backdrop, the U.S.-India 10-year defence agreement can only add to the conventional asymmetry and hence strategic instability," the spokesperson said.
She said Pakistan has been proposing a three pronged Strategic Restraint Regime to India that include conflict resolution, nuclear and missile restraint and conventional balance.
"Pakistan firmly believes that confidence-building and arms reduction in the regional and sub-regional context to be of paramount importance," she added.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-01/29/c_133956781.htm

India to buy 22 attack, 15 heavy-lift copters

As part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to bolster the nation’s military posture, India is to acquire 22 Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and 15 CH-47F Chinook heavy lift helicopters for the Indian Air Force (IAF), valued at $2.5 billion.
Approval stage

Officials in the know said the attack helicopter (Apache) and the heavy lift helicopter (Chinook) are currently in the Government approval stage.
“The Ministry of Finance and Cabinet Committee on Security needs to approve...before contracts are signed. All other steps are done,” officials said.
Sources pointed out that India’s defence acquisition process mandates that all contracts that are in excess of $50 million require 30% offsets. Way back in 2013, Boeing had signed a memorandum of understanding with Dynamatic Technologies of Bangalore, to manufacture the aft pylon and cargo ramp assemblies for the Chinook. Sources indicated that Boeing had done this in anticipation of the IAF order. When contacted, Boeing said it was deferring all questions on the Apache procurement to India’s Ministry of Defence for comment.
Offsets galore

“Defence spending eligible for offsets through 2017 are huge. Based on the current order pipeline, big procurement programmes ensure that offset obligations could become an opportunity worth $10-$20 billion for the domestic industry,” said sources.
Another official pointed out that offsets are expected to spur growth, as well as aid the basic intent of the offset policy, which is to build a domestic defence manufacturing base.
Force projection

“Multinational original equipment manufacturers with Indian defence contracts can discharge their offset obligations by sourcing military grade components from India,” the official added.
Boeing’s Apache is the most capable multi-role combat helicopter, “combining performance and lethality with more affordable and efficient maintenance.
“It will provide the Indian Air Force with enhanced dominant force projection capabilities, and will address the full spectrum of conflict to peace keeping and nation building.”
Newest member

India has been offered the AH-64E, the newest member of the combat proven Apache family, and is to get the latest upgraded version of the helicopter, which has been delivered only to the US Army. In the case of Boeing’s Chinook helicopter, “the tandem rotor H-47 Chinook is the most capable, advanced heavy lift helicopter, providing maximum value at the lowest risk.
The H-47 Chinook offers India heavy lift and high altitude transportation for a multitude of military, humanitarian, rescue, disaster relief, fire fighting and nation building missions in all climates and conditions and altitudes.”
Flight trials

The Chinook and an advanced version of the Mi-26 helicopter were put to flight trials in 2011, in desert and high altitude terrain. Boeing’s Chinook had beaten out Russia’s Mi-26, when the Indian Defence Ministry had opened bids in November 2012, said sources, adding that the Russian bid was set aside after officials failed to provide details on how they would execute their offset liabilities.Boeing is deferring questions on the contract to India’s Ministry of Defence.(This article was published on January 28, 2015)http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/india-to-buy-22-attack-15-heavylift-copters/article6831088.ece
Amarinder: India almost lost Amritsar in ’65 war
Fifty years after the 1965 Indo-Pak war, deputy leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha, Captain Amarinder Singh, has shed new light on an order allegedly given by the then Army Chief to withdraw Indian Army troops in Punjab, which could have led to the surrender of Amritsar.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Amarinder revealed he is writing a book on the 1965 war to mark its 50th anniversary. The book will trace battles fought in various theatres during the war, and give detailed information about several contentious issues.
One of these is an order allegedly given by then Chief of Army Staff Gen J N Chaudhari to the then General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Command, Lt Gen Harbaksh Singh, to withdraw Indian troops in Punjab. The order, had it been carried out, would have meant the surrender of Amritsar to the Pakistan Army, besides causing panic among Indian troops.
In September 1965, the Pakistan Army surprised Indian defenders in the Khemkaran Sector in Punjab when their armoured division made a dash towards the town of Khemkaran and captured it. The Indian Army had to pull back towards the village of Asal Uttar to consolidate their defence. The Pakistani division was believed to be in a three-pronged attack in which one column was heading towards south of Amritsar, one towards the town of Jandiala and another towards Beas. After the initial surprise, the Indian Army reinforced its presence in the area and the Pakistani advance was defeated in the Battle of Asal Uttar. The village is now known as the graveyard of Patton tanks.
Amarinder, who was the aide-de-camp of the GOC-in-C during the war, said he was a witness to the fact that Lt Gen Harbaksh received a call from Gen Chaudhuri late at night while the Pakistani armoured offensive in Khemkaran was under way. Gen Chaudhuri  wanted the Indian troops to withdraw to river Beas, which would serve as a natural barrier to stop the advance of Pakistan’s armoured division.
“We had returned from Khemkaran very late and the general had gone to sleep when I received the call from the chief and put it through to the army commander. The general was heard telling the chief that he would not carry out those orders, and if he wanted this to be done, he should put it down in writing,” said Amarinder.
According to the former Punjab CM, the army chief went to Ambala the next day and met the GOC-in-C but did not mention his order of the previous night, because by then the battle in Asal Uttar had stabilised and the situation was under control.
“Had it been anyone other than Lt Gen Harbaksh, he would not have been able to resist the orders of the army chief. And had those orders been carried out, we would have had to surrender Amritsar, and the road from Beas onwards to Delhi would have been open because there would have been general panic. It would have been a repeat of 1962,” said Amarinder.
-o be out later this year, and will also include details about why several brigade and battalion commanders were removed from command during the war. Having witnessed the war from the vantage point of an army commander’s staff, Amarinder will be using the information to give a clearer version of what happened in those fateful days of September 1965. - See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/amarinder-india-almost-lost-amritsar-in-65-war/2/#sthash.R1waR46g.dpuf
Homage to be paid to martyrs today

To pay homage to the martyrs from the Armed Forces who sacrificed their lives for the nation, a formal wreath- laying ceremony by the Army authorities will be held at Chandigarh War Memorial in Sector 3 on Friday morning.
For the first time, a choir will perform before the ceremony and the Army band will play patriotic songs while remembering the soldiers on the Martyr’s Day.
The formal wreath-laying ceremony will coincide with the two-minute silence to be observed across the country at 11 am. Governor of Punjab and Haryana, who also holds the charge of UT Administrator, Kaptaan Singh Solanki will lead the ceremony. Lt Gen K J Singh, GOC-in-C of Western Command, and other senior Army officers besides decorated war veterans and civil officers will also pay homage to the martyrs.
Civilians can witness the ceremony. Those who want to join the wreath-laying ceremony should reach the venue in the Bougainvillea Garden, Sector 3, Chandigarh, by 10 am. Entry inside the War Memorial premises will be barred after 10.15 am.
At 7 pm, a candle-lighting ceremony will be organised by the Chandigarh Administration which will be attended by civilians, school students, Army officers and soldiers along with their family members. An Army band will play patriotic numbers.
The Chandigarh War Memorial, which was set up with a citizens’ initiative led by The Indian Express, was dedicated to the nation by former President Dr Abdul Kalam in 2006. It is the largest war memorial of its kind in the country with names of over 10,500 martyrs who had made the supreme sacrifice for the nation since independence.
- See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chandigarh/homage-to-be-paid-to-martyrs-today/#sthash.GyAF6jwd.dpuf