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Friday, June 26, 2015
Govt sees ‘jawan and kisan’ as it plans to mark ’65 win over Pak
Posted at: Jun 26 2015 2:45AM
The grand show
The celebrations will commence with the laying of a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti on August 28
It will be followed by a tri-Services seminar on September 1 and 2
A commemorative exhibition will be organised by the Army on Rajpath from September 15 to 20
On September 20, a commemorative carnival will showcase the might of the three Services through tableaux, regimental and cultural events, martial arts and band displays
The celebrations will end with a band concert at Vijay Chowk on September 26
Indian Army soldiers atop Pakistani tanks during the 1965 Indo-Pak War. File photo
Tribune News service
New Delhi, June 25
The iconic slogan “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan” of the 1960s that ignited nationalistic fervour during the 1965 war with Pakistan will see a revival in August-September this year. The government plans to organise a series of events, including a display by the forces, to mark 50 years of the war.
This comes at a time when the BJP-led government is trying to win over armed forces personnel and farmers. A section of the farmers is unhappy with the Union Government over the proposed changes in the Land Acquisition Act, while the veterans of the forces are angry over the delay in implementing the “One Rank, One Pension” (OROP) promise made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
A series of events will be organised by the Army, Navy and the Indian Air Force between August 28 and September 26 on the lawns of Rajpath and Vigyan Bhawan. The war had ended on September 23, 1965, following a peace deal brokered by the United Nations.
The events will include an exhibition at Rajpath. The golden jubilee commemoration of the war will not only recollect India’s victory over Pakistan, but also revive the legacy of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, who coined the “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan” slogan during the war.
A note by the Ministry of Defence says: “The commemoration and celebration of the golden jubilee of this great victory will be a step in the right direction for conveying the sacrifices of martyrs and actions of gallant soldiers to the nation.”
Two famous battles in the western sector led to successful reclaiming of Khemkaran in Punjab (in the battle now known as “Asal uttar”) and the successful defence at Shakargarh bulge during the battle at Phillora. Paramvir Chakras were awarded to Havildar Abdul Hamid of the 4 Grenadiers and the Lt Col AB Tarapore of the 17 Poona Horse, a tank unit.
The celebrations will commence with the laying of a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti on August 28, the day the Indian Army captured the Haji Pir Pass in Uri region. The MoD wants either President Pranab Mukherjee or PM Narendra Modi to do the honours.
A tri-Services seminar will be held on September 1 and 2. From September 15 to 20, the Army will organise a commemorative exhibition on Rajpath, which will expectedly see a public participation. The exhibition will have four separate displays—the gallantry arena (showing the work of men like Havildar Hamid and Lt Col Tarapore), sacrifice arena, service display arena and the war trophy arena.
Tableaux, sand models and 3D imagery will be used to disseminate information about major battles. On September 20, a commemorative carnival will showcase the might of three Services through tableaux, regimental and cultural events. The celebrations will end with a concert at Vijay Chowk on September 26. ONE RANK, ONE PENSION : Ex-servicemen threaten to intensify stir Chandigarh, June 25
Attributing the continuing delay in the implementation of one rank, one pension (OROP) for the armed forces to the bureaucracy, which has consistently been dragging its feet on the issue, and lack of political will on the part of successive governments, the United Front of Tri-city Ex-servicemen on OROP has threatened to intensify its agitation in the coming days.
Addressing mediapersons here today, Lieutenant General Harwant Singh (retd), former Deputy Chief of the Army Staff, said the delay in implementation of OROP, and inability of the government to commit a date for it despite repeated assurances in this regard by the PM himself, was forcing them to doubt the credibility of his statements.
He said the fact that Modi had been unable to get the poll promise implemented even a year after storming to power, pointed towards a lack of political will on the part of the government, which is why it had not been able to overcome the resistance by the all powerful bureaucracy. — TNS