Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016


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Dear Mr Modi,

At the outset let me begin by stating that how proud we Indians are to have a P M of your integrity. Past 96 odd hours must have been hours of extreme anxiety laced with fear of the unknown. Your extremely competent team of advisors must have given their valued opinion on the options to be exercised after attack at Uri. 

Let me share a small event; I met an Israeli pilot in USA nearly 35 years back. He was then flying Kfir, an Israeli fighter. I was flying MiG-21. We hit it off instantaneously. During our excursion tour of Washington lasting over six hours, we chatted on every issue from personal family to war.

His one line answer to my question about Israeli ability to keep so many hostile nation at bay was simple but astonishing. He said “OVER THE YEARS WE HAVE TRAINED OURSELVES TO THINK LIKE AN ARAB. THIS ENABLES US TO TRACK THEIR MOVES EVEN BEFORE ACTION FROM THEIR SIDE BEGINS”. 

We as Indians, military included, have failed miserably in acquiring this expertise. Our bureaucrats are no better. Even the master strategist Chanakya had said something like this.

This shortcoming has made us REACTIVE rather than PRO-ACTIVE. Sadly we think as Indians on Pak intentions and we continue to bite the dust repeatedly. 

I have absolutely no doubt that your senior advisors have placed before  you the specter of a nuclear strike by Pakistan, if we opt to retaliate militarily. Nothing could be farther from truth.

I have spent over two years with PAF pilots in Iraq flying from same base.

Psyche of a Pakistani is that of an impoverished, under-confident and scared individual/group and that is why they ‘bark’.

Indeed we should be prepared for an unlikely nuclear strike from Pakistan. But believe me it will not happen merely because we sent four MiG-21s to strike at a supposed terrorist camp.

Mr. Prime Minister, we do not have to strike the PERSONA of PAK MILITARY, but we have to strike at the PSYCHE of PAKISTAN as a NATION.

Towards this an emphatic and unequivocal statement from you that - WE SHALL RESORT TO PUNITIVE & DISPROPORTIONATELY SEVERE NUCLEAR ATTACK, IF PAKISTAN OPTS FOR FIRST STRIKE, will be enough.

Believe me a nation of FOUR CITIES (Pakistan)cannot absorb such retaliation from a nation of 104 cities (India).

You stand at the cusp of time that will propel you into history. 

Diplomatic isolation of Pakistan is extremely unlikely, given the prevailing geo-strategic scenario. USA is unlikely to declare Pakistan as a terrorist state (‘BADABER’ near Peshawar continues to remain a US base except that there are no operations by US forces from this base at the moment). Hangar doors can always be opened).

Even if it is accomplished, it will further enrage Pakistan psyche leading to more such attacks.

We have to force Pakistan into submission by demonstrating that we can and will resort to punitive mil action. Terrorists understand only one language; that is of terror. 

Diplomatic accomplishment and Military action can be compared to SHIELD and SWORD respectively.

Diplomatic action is like a shield, which can only protect you; it cannot destroy/eliminate the evil.

Military action is like a SWORD; it not only protects you but also eliminates the evil. 

Mr Prime Minister, we fighter pilots follow one credo blindly*;

If you take a wrong decision, it can be fatal, but INDECISION is always fatal. * 
*Mr Prime Minister you have to choose from THREE OPTIONS; Strike, Strike and Strike.*  

May God grant you the wisdom and strength to choose the right option in this hour of grave national crisis. 

 Gp Capt TP Srivastava 
 21st September, 2016 

Achuthan Raghavan
September 26 at 5:43pm)

Sunday, September 25, 2016


Ever since the Seventh Pay Commission report has been made public there has been a sense of great resentment and let down in the armed forces community.

While the veterans were battling for justified grant of One Rank One Pension (OROP) the men in uniform were hopeful that the impending pay commission report will deliver justice to them and will set right the unsettled anomalies of the fourth, fifth and sixth pay commissions as promised by their political masters.

The battle hardened soldiers were not only surprised by the bomb shell delivered by Mr Mathur Chairman of the Seventh Pay Commission but were also highly demoralised. Having learnt from the previous experience of the Indian Air Force, the three service chiefs immediately swung into action to not only douse the simmering fire amongst the rank and file but also to plan a joint strategy to address the Govt.

The seventh pay commission not only failed to resolve the pending anomalies of the previous pay commissions but added further salt to the injury by equating the status of the Armed Forces of India with that of the Central Armed police Forces. It is a pity that the bureaucrats in our country fail to draw the distinction between the Armed Forces and the Police Forces. The Pay Commission also went beyond its charter and has tried to tinker with the terms and conditions of service of the rank and file of the Armed Forces. The armed forces were harmed both monetarily as well as status/protocol.

Much has already been written in the media on the subject. The basis of the report is a study carried out by Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis, a strategic think-tank, comparing the pay of Indian Armed Forces with that of certain foreign armies of developed countries. The competence of IDSA to carry out such a study is questionable. Moreover, why only the armed forces have been singled out for such a comparison and why not other services like IAS, IFS, Forest, Railways, IPS to name a few?

The answer is simple; the study was motivated and designed to reduce the salary, perks and status of the armed forces.

But what worries the soldiers is the possibility of history repeating itself.

Though every pay commission since 1973 has been unfair to the armed forces major resentment surfaced after the announcement of the sixth pay commission report in 2008. It led to a major showdown between the three service chiefs and politico-bureaucratic establishment. The services requested the then Govt to appoint their representative in the Committee of Secretaries appointed by the Govt to look into the various anomalies in the 6th CPC report that were brought to the notice of the Govt.

The request of the Service Chiefs was based on the logic that 30% (nearly 1/3rd) of the central government employees affected by the pay commission belonged to the three services.

The request was not granted but an assurance was given that their concerns would be addressed with sympathy and without prejudice. In keeping with the apolitical stance of the Armed Forces the service chiefs conceded but were taken aghast when the report of the committee was announced after approval of the Govt. The services found that not only were their major grievances not addressed three more glaring discrepancies were introduced in the final Cabinet notification.

The three service chiefs not only felt let down in front of the forces they commanded but also badly humiliated. They took up the matter separately with the Defence Minister and the Prime Minister and conveyed the concerns of the Armed Forces. But they learnt to their dismay that real villain was none else than their own Ministry of Defence (MOD) which presented a very weak case without relevant supporting documents to the PMO and Finance Ministry.

Incidentally, this was worse than the aftermath of 5th Pay Commission ten year earlier when the armed forces pointed out 48 anomalies out of which only eight had been resolved during the decade preceding announcement of 6th Pay Commission Award. Fortunately, Admiral Sureesh Mehta, a no non-sense officer, was the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee then. He convinced his other two colleagues to delay the implementation of flawed 6th CPC Report in the Armed Forces. Accordingly, the decision was communicated by the respective service headquarters to their rank and file through a signal message. The message was received with great jubilation by the subordinate units which sent jitters to the politico-bureaucratic nexus as well as received adverse comments from certain quarters in the media.

It was Nitin Gokhale who came in open support of the service chiefs and wrote, “If the said signal, as the communication is called in military parlance, is defiance, then no military chief will ever be able to give assurances to, and take, his men in confidence. Anyone who has dealt with the armed forces will tell you that there is not an iota of truth in the canard that is being spread about the three Chiefs ‘defying’ the civil authorities. Yes, they questioned the bureaucracy’s attempts to wittingly or unwittingly introduce pay and status disparities between the armed forces and their civilian counterparts. Yes they took the matter to Prime Minister but in no way did they defy the government.”

The bold stand taken by the three Chiefs had the desired result and the Prime Minister appointed a group of ministers to resolve the grievances of the armed forces. A couple of main points were immediately settled and the services accepted the implementation of 6th CPC. But true to its traditions the MOD continued to play the spoilsport and number of unresolved anomalies were referred to the 7th CPC. As mentioned earlier 7th CPC report rather than assuaging the hurt feelings of the armed forces has further aggravated the anger and resentment.

The continued apathy of the bureaucracy towards men in uniform is perplexing.

World over Armed Forces are considered as the last bastion of a nation and are always held at a different pedestal but in our country under the garb of ensuring civil supremacy the politico-bureaucratic nexus has been working against the interests of the armed forces.

The soldiers are remembered and honoured at the time of crisis but forgotten soon thereafter. It is the sheer sense of patriotism which continues to motivate the armed forces personnel to continue to shed their blood for Bharat Mata despite the neglect they suffer at the hands of politico-bureaucratic authorities.

Knowing fully well that the armed forces are unhappy with the treatment meted to them by the 7th CPC, effort is being made through the media to spread lies.

The latest attempt is an article in a leading national daily titled “Our service chiefs may earn more than US generals.” It states that for the first time, the Indian Army Chief and his counterparts in the IAF and Navy will draw more salary than the top general and equivalent in the US based on purchasing power parity (PPP) terms when the 7th CPC report is implemented. PPP based comparison is misleading and flawed.

Also, how can the pay of officers of two different armies having different terms & conditions of service be compared? Moreover, the figures quoted in the article were exaggerated as was evident from another news item published a few days later by Asian Age titled “Indian service chiefs earn less than top US general reveals new data.”

Such articles are aimed at creating confusion among the rank and file and create distrust among the officers and other rank.

No nation, more so India, can afford to have disgruntled armed forces. It is thus necessary that the history is not made to repeat itself by prudent political intervention at this stage and all genuine grievances of the armed forces are addressed sympathetically and without prejudice before approving the flawed report of 7th CPC.

The Prime Minister needs to intervene to ensure that the justice is done to the armed forces and the trend of widening rift in civil-military relations is halted without further delay.

There is a murmur already doing the rounds among the rank and file that if history repeats itself who will don the mantle of Admiral Sureesh Mehta this time?

(The author is a Jammu based political commentator, columnist, security and strategic analyst.)

(Source- http://www.dailyexcelsior.com/will-history-repeat/ / via e-mail from Chander Prakash,Vet)


Reading of the current situation - Facebook Post by a Vet

The Raksha Mantri says there have been lapses and he will ensure that such things don’t occur again.

I want to ask this guy or rather tell him that the Army will carry out its inquiry and sort out those responsible – it will not be a suspension and transfer like it happens in the police force or in the IAS where nothing will happen. Somebody’s – maybe a few will have their careers sealed. That’s ok we will do it. 

Now comes your part. Why the armed forces are so shabby as far as their infrastructure is concerned.

Have you gone to a post on the LOC and spent a night with the jawans there. As a DM it’s your bloody job to see the realities of the Indian Army on ground, and not reviewing Guards Of Honour in chappals. If you are the DM of this country stop sitting in the comforts of Luytens Delhi – go on guy and see how the Indian Army lives.

We live in shabby and pathetic conditions. Our living accommodation(on posts)is inhuman–we live in bunkers made of wood and mud and louse infected. Our trenches are unfit for fighting in. 

Would you care to see them? Don’t bask in your glory of being a RM and all the shit that goes on to look after you when you visit an Army Unit. 

Spend night with the troops – eat what they eat – live like how they live, starting from the morning crap. Then you will know what it is all about.

The issue is about the defence budget – we may be the third or fourth largest army in the world – but we are poor in infrastructure. We don’t have the basics, right from the clothing of a soldier to his basic equipment. Our rations are substandard. Our Boots don’t last 6 months – so we buy them. The army blanket – my dog also refuses to sleep on it. 

You have created a life cycle system to provide replacement clothing and equipment to a soldier – some SOB sitting in Delhi in the MOD decides how long my boots should last. I don’t have my ass plonked in cushioned chair in an AC office which is carpeted. 

Do you know how much an Indian Army Jawan spends on buying his clothing and equipment? Actually you know nothing.

We don’t have defence stores – the URI garrison has a lousy barbed wire fence – I saw it all when I was around there in 1985 and it hasn’t changed. Is that the improvement in the Armed Forces in the last 30 years? 

Who is responsible for that and whom are you going to sack for that? Troops are living in tents – man this is the 21 Century – this isn’t a Safari Park – these are Army Establishments – Permanent ones and troops still have to live in tents.

Mr DM, I can give a list of 1000 things of what is wrong with the system and not the Army. If you are worth your salt and not a Goa frilly willy as people think you are, you give the Armed Forces their due in basics including a good pay package. 

The defence budget is a paupers budget. 

Get your DIGs who get 50000- 70000 as allowance to sit on their chair in Shillong, Srinagar and Guwahati to fight the war- we can pack our bags and go home. Thank You.

 by JPS Grewal, retd Indian Army Para Offr.
This is the MOST AWFUL Language used by the writer.

U r blaming Mr M.Parrikar for this shit created by That AK ANTHONY who in his lungi collapses on the NDA Saluting Dias. 10 yrs A K A has mis-used the def budget.....TAKE HIM & HER.....FOR TASK for the def budget.

I have commanded the Inf Bn on the water shade 30 yrs back...pathetic state even 2 day.....why blame present RM.....catch AKA..The Woman & all others of ThatTeam.

Sharad Joshi, Vet.
The Politicians are not as powerful as you guys think. Even if they mean well and issue orders- they would never get implemented as long as the Finance guys and other Bureaucrats sit on the files or summarily reject every genuine case!
Cdr John Philipose, VSM (Retd)

(Source- as fwd via gp e-mail from A Sunder Rajan, Vet)


The seventh pay commission as announced was unacceptable to the military and left them simmering due to lowering of their status as compared to their counterparts from other central services. The absurdity of the pay commission chief, to justify his actions by aiming to create equality in all cadres joining through a common exam (civil services exam), indicated his personal enmity against the military. I wonder if the learned judge was aware, that the military inducts its officer cadre at a much younger age, where the competition is equally severe. 

Further, he would neither have been briefed (as there was no military representative), that selection to the military is far more stringent than other services. The four- day interview has been known to be a rejection criterion rather than a selection one. It only approves those select few, with qualities of patriotism and leadership. There are no quotas allocated to the selection boards. Hence, it is this specially selected lot, which has sacrificed its life for the nation, countless times.

I wonder which other service can boast of such intense national pride and sacrifice. Yet, since independence the military has been systematically downgraded, which it accepted without a murmur. Even its pensions, which were initially 70% were brought down in the third pay commission (1973) to 50%, with a promise of OROP, which remained ignored for decades. 

This was an intentional action, as it occurred post India’s biggest victory over Pakistan and the commission for the first time, had no military representative. The final release of OROP was below promised levels, however, the formation of the Reddy commission to look into the anomalies, has presently quelled fires.

While dissent is acceptable in a democracy, the same may not be said for the military. Civilian employees agitated against the pay commission award, to which the government immediately responded positively. A threat of strike by them, makes the government rush to accept demands. However, military discipline and ethos does not permit itto resort to such action. In every case, where it has felt downgraded or affected, it has voiced its concerns and left the decision makers, which comprise the polity and bureaucracy to resolve the issue. Thus over the years, anomalies and disagreements have piled up, with no end in sight. Knowing that a disciplined force would never resort to any undemocratic means, they are heard and subsequently ignored.

Further, the pay commission came immediately after the OROP agitation, which was followedon social media by members of the military, after all every soldier of today is a potential veteran of tomorrow. 93% of the military, retires between the ages of 35 to 45,after having sacrificed their youth for the country and then are ignored and dumped. The agitation was aimed at protecting future retirees. The subsequent anomalies and downgrading the status of the military in the pay commission further impacted the organization. Disgruntlement only increased and became more visible. The committee of secretaries ordered by the government to resolve the differences, had no military member, hence its decision was the final nail in the coffin.

The battle for status involves more than just salary. In fact, salary has never been the issue. The status impact comes to the fore when the military functions with different Government agencies in matters concerning national security and calamities. Its lowered status makes working with bureaucrats and civil police officials more complicated, as it alters the rank structure,hence affects coordination and cooperation. The nation works on status;therefore, a higher status officer would never cooperate or be willing to work jointly with a junior from another service. Simultaneously, within the military are civilian members of other central services. A change in status affects its organization and working structure.

The glaring anomalies left behind over years of down gradation have made members of the military, feel like second class citizens serving the nation. While the head of the pay commission, had clearly shown his anger and hatred for the military, by degrading them, the Government and its so-called mature senior bureaucratic leadership did no better. The words of the Prime Minister praising the military, his spending Diwali with troops and senior lady ministers tying Rakhi to soldiers in remote areas, in reality appear to be actions of publicity, rather than genuine concern.

Never in the history of the country had the service chiefs been compelled, to openly refuse to accept the recommendations of the pay commission, but the writing on the wall of dissent across the rank and file was clear. They realized, that they need to serve whom they command, rather than their political leaders. Had theyrelented, they would have been accused of a sell-out, which would remain a blotch, on their otherwise spectacular career. Hence, such an action was resorted to. 

It had to indicate to the political leadership, in clear terms,that enough damage had been done and it was time to rectify the same.Taking the silent military for granted and treating them as second class citizens, had to stop. It also conveyed that concerns are genuine and unless immediate action is taken, there would be lack of coordination, when operations are launched jointly. The present is also a challenging time, as the military battles increased terrorism and supports the police in restoring normalcy in the Valley even as it faces severe loss of life as in the recent Uri encounter.

However, a disciplined force always remains one. The message has been conveyed and Government action awaited. The words of service chiefs are gospel down the line (unlike any other Government service), hence though there would remain murmurs, however trust and faith in the system would be restored. The soldier has to look up the organization tree for satisfaction and they cannot let him down. 

It is now upto the defence and Prime Ministers to prove their genuine concern for the military and restore its rightful status. If they fail to do so, all their actions so far, would be viewed by the nation as a publicity stunts and their promises hollow. The nation is proud of its military and knows it would never be let down. Therefore, in the ultimate analysis, it is for the people of India to observe government action in correcting the wrongs done on the silent and dependable military and decide whether the present political leadership can be trusted to keep their words. If they fail to keep their promise, then the nation can reconsider whom to vote for, in the coming elections.


Saturday, September 24, 2016


Dear Mr. Modi,

India's 2nd Para crossed the LOC and killed 20 Paki terrorists.  REALLY? 

Is it a Cock and Bull story planted by the Indian Govt to excite the Arms Chairs Warriors, Comic Book Lovers and of course those are so busy with KEYBOARD EXERCISES, a lot of time writing the same old rubbish year after year.

Modi, BJP & Co have given Pakis A MOST FAVORITE NATION status and not declared it a Terrorist Nation. 

In fact, excepting reading out a statement in the spineless USA scrooge UNGA meeting, nothing has been done so far, in spite of the barrage of Paki terrorist attacks since you came to power in May 2014. 

DOES IT SURPRISE THIS TO ANYONE, that one time RSS man Mr. Modi is now Gandhi's no 1 promoter and that's India's no 1 problem even bigger than Paki terrorism and Kashmir problem.

Talking about of cutting off Indus Water Treaty is another BLUFF to the nation. 

You don't go on Air to say "Will do this and will do that"; ALWAYS A COWARDS' EMPTY THREATS. 

You do it and then show it to the world.

Yes, it was the BLOODY Paki terrorists attacked the  Uri camp but there has been a drastic failure at the Brigade level and Brigade Commander should have been sacked straightway. 

Those of us have served in the forces know it what almost all troopers do in early hours mostly between 4 am to 5 am.

Transit soldiers were ordered to stay in the unsafe tents  without their weapons. 

There are a lot of local civilians work in there in the Brigade Hq as Cooks, Orderlies, Sweepers etc and information was passed on to Paki about the morning rituals from someone inside. 

68 years after constant Paki attacks, how come there aren't enough brick built accodn for the troops? 

14 out of 18 Soldiers died by tent fire because of the sub-standard tents and still not provided FIRE RETARDED TENTS. 

Why they still live in tents in freezing Kashmir cold?

Because buying sub-standard tents is a rolling money making business for Babus, politicians, MoD and some Generals/officers.


And see, under what conditions the soldiers live and work . 

Have you seen the fencing in the Bangladesh and Paki borders? You better see it yourself. 

Even a five-year-old child can cut the wire and cross the border. 


Even economically not so strong SLOVAKIA, SLOVENIA etc to stop the illegal Musalman migrants coming to their countries? 

Even hardcore terrorists will not dare to touch it. Again it is a rolling money-spinning business for the Indian politicians, Babus, MoD, some Generals/Officers.

Mr. Modi, the bottom line is, you are a total failure when it comes to upholding the nations' and soldiers' security and safety.

Even possibly worst than Nehru, I K Gujral, A B Vajpayee and MMS.  

You are strictly following their footsteps and making India a ball to kick by 22 players plus reserved players.

Even Russia is laughing at you. 

Today Russian Army has arrived in Pakistan to do joint exercises with Paki Army. 

So your diplomacy failed there miserably.  


Thank you,

An Army Veteran of the rank of  a Havaldar.

(Source - via e-mail, name withheld for security reasons).