Thursday, July 20, 2017
This is in continuation to a link which I had sent earlier wherein Gen Malik's speech was given. If you still have the same, pl go through the same and then read the following text.
It is very obvious that the concerned News Paper had been instructed, by "Certain Community" to play down/dilute the main context so as to safe guard their own back sides!!!
MAHESH KHORANA, VETERAN
Gen Malik spoke very well in Goa conclave.
Army definitely is not a career choice for aspiring intelligent youngsters, the way it used to be in fifties, may be in sixties too.One could find offrs then who came from royal families or well known rich land lord families.They married the ladies invariably from similar families. It was a class unto itself. Corporate sector in India was nonexistent and choice of career was restd to army or civ services. The charm of uniform and display of bravado was fascinating in young age. It was distinguished class of offrs and ladies, in fifties and sixties, who were the creme of our society.
In seventies onward, middle and lower middle class youngsters who were hardworking and looking for better qlty of life and adventure started joining. In the mean time, civ servants and pol ldrs broke the convention and stopped sending their wards to army.
The hardship and inherent danger was not to their liking. So the "God Fatherly" hand of protection of higher ech of governance withdrew the protection.
We lost the status of creme- a - la -de - creme of society which then was usurped by IAS/IPS, MPs/MLAs. There were ways to make easy money and money could buy status.
Why to endanger life and comfort by joining army? We in army, tried to maint status of yester years even within the stretched financial resources for some time, till about late seventies or early eighties.
It invited jealousies of civ services who now were in posn to harm our interests, bèing in the seat of governance and close to powers that be. We lost the battle of supremacy.
Onslaught in terms of degradation in successive pay commissions, propping up PMF and police forces, ensuring no say of generals in matters mil in MOD started. Fine. But somebody should have opposed it and taken steps to remedy the degradation of status of army offrs, which unfortunately never happened. In our context the only person who has access to govt ( PM, RM, President) is COAS.
We have had 29 Chiefs till Gen Rawat. We will discount **** Rawat being new. None of them , repeat none of 28 Chiefs took one single step to remedy our ills.
Not one chief stood up, Gen Ved Malik incl, to the govt to state that his offrs and men were unfairly treated and govt must take imdt step or else he would quit ( i am not talking of coup).
Army Chief is not CEO of corporate and he is not secy of a dept. He is ldr of 15 lacs offrs and men who look up to him to safeguard their interests. He is a big man who stands 12 th in warrant of precedence and can spk to RM, PM, President whenever he wants. There is difference in writing a letter to govt and taking a firm stand on the issues.
Gentlemen, the fact is that none of our chiefs took a stand for us. Some of them wrote letters to the Govt and thought that they had done their duty to us. We can not blame govt for all our ills.
Bureaucrats and pol ldrs are clever. They worked out that Chief will not do much except máking customary noises and then went for the kill. Bureaucrats and politicians mauled us nice and proper. They made us equal to BSF and CRPF.
You know in no other country a police chief is equal to Lt Gen. You know combined Panjab ( Pb, Har, HP) had one IG police who was equal to Brig. SP was equal to càpt and even today he is addressed as "Police Kaptan".
Today, Haryana has dozen three star police offrs , some of who don't even have office and telephone. Some DGPs don't have even one dozen men under them.Why this issue of unequal status was not forcefully taken up with govt is not known. Why did we accept 3, 4, 5, 6 pay commissions without anamolies being resolved? There are too many other issues but this space is restd.
We need to look inward. We need to have competent mil ldrs at the top levels of mil heirarchy. We have to have a Chief who can take firm stand for his offrs and men.
The post is not meant to indicate any disrespect to our former chiefs. They will always be respected.
(SOURCE : VIA GP E-MAIL FROM MAHESH KHORANA VETERAN)
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
New drill pattern recommended by the Babus in the 7th CPC
Fortunately not accepted by Chiefs
Corrected by anomaly committee after persistent persuasion by Raksha Mantri.
(For fun only)
Double click VID-20170718-WA0003.mp4 to view the video
(Source- Via Gp email from Mahesh Khorana)
Monday, July 17, 2017
Sunday, July 16, 2017
REVISION OF PENSION OF PRE-2016 AF PENSIONERS/FAMILY PENSIONERS IN IMPLEMENTATION OF 7TH CPC CONCORDANCE TABLES
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE CGDA ORDERS
(SOURCE : CGDA WEBSITE - http://cgda.nic.in/adm/circular/AT-II130717.pdf )
Friday, July 14, 2017
The government has decided to remove existing "anomalies" and come out with a specific percentage-based system for granting disability pensions to Army, Navy and Air Force personnel sustaining injuries in the line of duty.
The decision has been taken in view of the long-standing demand of the armed forces that the current system of determining disability pension needs an overhaul.
Official sources said the government has finalised a new slab-based system which is aimed at addressing most of the concerns of the armed forces that is expected to reduce litigation against the government.
Under the existing mechanism, 30 percent of the last salary minus the dearness allowance is given as disability pension to those sustaining 100 percent disability.
The pension amount reduces depending on specific percentage of the injury and sources said the affected personnel often take legal recourse, alleging discrepancies in determining quantum of injury.
As per the new slab-based system, security personnel with 20-50 percent disability will be considered 50 percent disabled while those with 50-75 per cent bracket will come under the 75 per cent disabled category.
Any personnel with more than 75 per cent disability will be considered 100 per cent disabled.
So all the eligible disability pensioners will be considered under three broad categories and accordingly pensions will be determined.
"It will be a robust system and will address long-pending grievances of the armed forces," a senior official said.
Explaining the new system, he said, "Any person with 50 percent disability will get half of the total pension being given to a person with 100 percent disability under existing mechanism."
The government had started giving disability pension with effect from 1 January, 2006 to those who had taken pre-mature retirement due to injuries sustained in line of duty.
The changes being introduced to calculate disability pension are based on recommendation of a committee headed by former Adjutant General of the Army, Lt Gen (retd) Mukesh Sabharwal.
The mandate of the committee was to suggest remedial measures to reduce litigations and disputes in various courts relating to disability pension. (PTI)
(Source- First Post)
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Songs (Verse 292, Stray Birds, 1916. R. Tagore) for my Country as posted by Saad Bin Jung (a old Hyderabadi)
Nine decades ago, even before India had her independence, a genius peeped into the future, and sent us a warning that would stay with us till eternity.
Please read this again. And again. Every line is relevant in the present and will be relevant for the tomorrow unless we do what is required - become India.
"Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.
Every word is written for today. And now read this - for every Indian needs to be resolute.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
India will never lose its secular fabric, our head might
get bloody but it will forever be unbowed,
as every one of is, when push comes to shove,
the master of our fate and the captain of our soul.
Clouds come floating into my life,
no longer to carry rain or usher storm,
but to add color to my sunset sky
(Source- Via Gp e-mail from A Sunder Rajan, Army Veteran)
The following was posted by Veteran Ashok Yadav as a comment to a post in this group. I think this deserves a place as a main post, as this is a good news about MSP controversy with is in the court now.
The case filed by ADC for equal of MSP was listed today before Division Bench of Delhi High Court today and after hearing the matter, the Hon'ble High Court was pleased to direct for production of relevant records from the Government such as Reports of Sixth and Seventh Pay commissions.
In fact it a kind of acceptance of first prayer of our petition.
(Source- FB Post of Achuthan Raghavan)
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
A very powerful, emotional and thought stirring video on the Radcliffe Line. The line that partitioned India and Pakistan. Recommend strongly for all to view
(Source- FB A/c of Achuthan Raghavan)
Dear Members of the Defence Family,
1. I am sharing the “Meaning of Last Post” for your information and wide circulation.
2. All my service career we took part in funerals of soldier where the last post was played, but did not know its meaning and origin. It is song which really gives lump in our throats and usually tears in our eyes.
3. Read on the story behind it.
Maj Gen Satbir Singh, SM (Retd) Advisor United Front of Ex Servicemen Jantar Mantar & Chairman Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM)
========================================================== Meaning to the "Last Post"!!
In all military funerals The Last Post is played;
We have all heard the haunting song, 'The Last Post.'
It's the song that gives us the lump in our throats and usually tears in our eyes.
But, do you know the story behind the song?
If not, I think you will be interested to find out about its humble beginnings.
Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the American Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert Ellicombe was with his men near Harrison's Landing in Virginia .. The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of land.
During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard the moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded on the field. Not knowing if it was a Union or Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention. Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him toward his encampment.
When the Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead..
The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of the soldier. It was his own son. The boy had been studying music in the South when the war broke out. Without telling his father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate Army.
The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked permission of his superiors to give his son a full military burial, despite his enemy status. His request was only partially granted.
The Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band members play a funeral dirge for his son at the funeral.
The request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate.
But, out of respect for the father, they did say they could give him only one musician.
The Captain chose a bugler. He asked the bugler to play a series of musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of the dead youth's uniform.
This wish was granted.
The haunting melody, we now know as 'The Last Post' used at military funerals was born.
The words are:
Day is done.
Gone the sun..
From the lakes
From the hills.
From the sky.
All is well.
God is nigh.
Dims the sight.
And a star.
Gems the sky.
Falls the night..
Thanks and praise.
For our days.
Neath the sun
Neath the stars.
Neath the sky
As we go.
This we know.
God is nigh
I too have felt the chills while listening to 'The Last Post'. But I have never seen all the words to the song until now.
I didn't even know there was more than one verse.
I also never knew the story behind the song and I didn't know if
You had either so I thought I'd pass it along.
I now have an even deeper respect for the song than I did before.
Remember Those Lost and Harmed While Serving Their Country.
Also Remember Those Who Have Served And Returned; And for those presently serving in the Armed Forces.
(SOURCE : Via E-mail from Maj Gen Satbir Singh, SM (Retd) )