However, as and when peace returns it's business as usual, with our men in uniform being short-changed as compared with our babudom.
Why is this, and why is this anomaly being allowed to persist? The job of a soldier is, by definition, far more hazardous than that of a typical bureaucrat.A soldier risks losing his life in the course of carrying out his duties. The most a bureaucrat risks is earning the displeasure of a neta and being given an undesirable transfer, or getting an unfavourable confidential report from his or her immediate boss. A civil service officer has far more social cachet in the matrimonial market than a soldier.
A soldier is seen as a chowkidar hired to deter dacoits and robbers from pillaging the Sethji's house. The bureaucrat is seen as the munimji who is entrusted with supervising the day to day running of the household, which includes the handling of the daily hisab and looking after the personal needs of the Sethji, who is the neta.
The soldier's job is to protect the nation. The babu's job is to protect the interests of the sarkar of the day on pain of being transferred into limbo.
As protecting the interests of the sarkar is deemed more important than protecting the nation which is seen as nothing more or less than the zamindari of our netas it's only natural that the babu be better compensated than the fauji.
The babu will always boss it over the soldier. Until and unless they have a war and no one comes. Who will then man the front line? Our babus and our netas?