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DON’T TAKE ON THE ARMED FORCES, YOU’LL LOSE, SIR

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The disappointment that rippled through the armed forces on Independence Day when Mr Modi failed to deliver on his promise and hedged his bets on the hoary old issue of One Pension One Rank….writes Bikram Vohra

Michael Fallon  at india gateMy father and his three brothers became generals in the Indian army. My research has shown there is no precedent in any army in the world where four brothers reached these ranks in the same corps.

My grandfather would have been heap proud 150 years of service that his sons completed . But today if he was alive and had decided to march for his sons he might well have been hit by a policeman holding a stick.
The disappointment that rippled through the armed forces on Independence Day when Mr Modi failed to deliver on his promise and hedged his bets on the hoary old issue of One Pension One Rank.

And the suddenly righteous media are setting it to music with rampant hypocrisy. As I write this I am listening to that Arnab Goswami show and his indignation is laughable. No one in India has any respect whatsoever for the armed forces. Their complete two faced attitude is rampant. The administrative services have cobbled the services and made them secondary.

Just because you call them bravehearts and martyrs and cleanse your conscience means diddley.  Not one of these TV channels beetling on about our brave jawans has ever done a show on any issue pertaining to the forces. It won’t sell. Peacetime marginalises the uniform.

For sheer double standards we are difficult to beat. Not till Pakistan or China scares the crap us out of do we as 1.22 billion people spare a thought for the armed forces. Then we hide under our beds and tell them to go and fight.

The idiot box idiots are more interested in dicking Rahul Gandhi for fetching up at the protest by elderly ex-servicemen than the issue. They have no clue about the issue. That the Goswami tribe can actually talk glibly about the armed forces and display high emotion is obscene. The armed forces were made secondary in the nineties. It is more so now.  The nonsense they talk is unbelievable.
But to cases.

Mr Modi need not be afraid of all the faux pas and failures of the first year that have potholed his promise.  But if this country’s leadership fails the men and women in uniform I guarantee you it will come and bite you in the ass.

We cannot afford this luxury.
You cannot antagonise the forces.
You cannot leave India vulnerable to adversaries if you lower their morale.

Start by being honest. The armed forces, by and large, are not a vote bank. We don’t care one bit about them, not the government, not the bureaucracy, not the public and certainly not the media.
But one rattle of the sabre on the border and we run to save ourselves and play the sentimental card.Then we love them
What’s the ditty:
God and soldiers all adore
When in trouble nevermore.
Mr Modi, this issue could be your nemesis.
And the scary part is that Mr Arun Jetley’s drivel about it being only a mathematical fence left to climb is just this…drivel.
Your armed forces are unravelling and you Sir hold the needle.

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  1. Bikram Vohra, Army Brat … NO… educated abroad… love your forth rightness in putting your views.. dito friend .. am Veteran and an Infantry Pongo at that… these Politicians encouraged by Babu’s ( am told brits called them babboons, which got shortened ) didn’t they know they have desecrated the Indian Soldiers Religion enshrined in NDA moto ” SEWA PARMO DHARAM” ie Service Before Self and commited the dastardly act and gumption to touch a Veteran, rather the Govt has been Sacrilegious in manhandling and ripping the Medals off a Soldiers chest, for which he would die rather than be a mute bystander. God save them for it will not tolerated, if we could die for our country we will any day sacrifice for our Ego, Honour, Dignity and for having worn that Uniform. These are NOT Vote Banks… be warned.

  2. The echoes of service veterans seem to have reached the foreign shores, but surprisingly, they have still to echo within the country. The undignified way in which the service veterans of our own country have been treated by the regime on 14 Aug 2015 at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, is reprehensible and unparalleled in any civilised society, more so, because the veterans who were dishonoured had, most of them, fought three wars for the security of the nation. The damage caused to the morale of the service veterans and potential veterans will take a humanitarian effort to resolve, if indeed, it is resolved.

  3. Nice one sir, but who’s listening? My views for whatever they are worth:-
    kiddy66.blogspot.in/2015/08/orop-drop-in-ocean-1.html

    Time has come for all exsm to boycot all official functions incl 26 jan parade,
    chiefs to organise one day pay collection from serving cadre for veterans and all commanders to write to the president about lowered morale of tps due to shoddy treatment by govt including orop, shortage of equipment and ammunition, reduction in status and deliberate denial of equal pay and perks as that granted to others in central services.

  4. Dear Sir, armed forces have really hard to to reach this stage. Why are you blaming media, PM, nation. Dear general did you ( when I say you , it does not mean you in particular but we all in general) wink once you ordered to one of your C O get the tent pitched for a school, which was headed by a friend,relative or self ,by the troops you or your friend or an old subordinate commanded, in full view of general public. It gave an impression that it is our worth. this is just one aspect. We remained oblivious of all the wrongs being done to armed forces whish has turned in wound .
    Regards

    • 1.well written general.
      2.Well said arun prakash.
      3.If I may add to what written by arun prakash…
      can somebody cite a few example of our past sr officers when they have stood up for the organisation(not self serving ,biased word..meaning self,but org=army or the nation).I have read only one example …the selection of first C in C of Independent INdia….I have faint recollection that a few sr officers turned down the offer on moral grounds…not being the seniormost..or some such other reason. Thereafter please cite examples of senior army officers who have refused their own appointment over any moral /competence issue…as i perceive ..a carrot is a carrot but why should it be dangled by the Babu..the wily bureaucrat has made defence posts the CARROTS and a fox has tendency to jump at a dangling carrot….pl show me a senoir defence officer in the past who have refused to be lured by the CARROT,did anyone show any signs to suggest that he was not a fox who jumps at carrots,or to suggest that the defence posts were not carrots but sacred responsibilities to the nation…I have a perception that we the forces since 1947 have contributed to the plight of the forces and we means all those who wore the DRESS since then.Yes I call it Dress and not uniform…please see the pun..(intended).Can any (now)sermonising veteran sr officers cleans the perception of individuals like me?
      3.I perceive that the Babus have(with full support of the Nehru & the Like) succeeded in making what our forces have become today and all our past seniors have immensely contributed to their cause.I believe only
      our past seniors take the moral responsibility for the mess created by them,and also suggest remedy and not only suggest but also contribute towards sorting out the mess…for the future.
      4.Mere blaming the Babu or the Goswami will not help, for the water is about to cross over the bridge!

  5. It was Carriappa, at Nehru’s behest who drove a line of distinction between the terms of service (and pension) of the King’s Commissioned Officers and the officers who had the misfortune to have their parchments signed by the likes of Pratibha Patil. Thereafter, the Neta-Babu nexus at Delhi ensured that there would be a lower and less threatening calibre of intake into the armed forces and began to progressively dilute the ranks to create an illusion of promotion when there was demotion in reality. To do so, they dissociated parity with the Civil Services which were lower than the Armed Forces prior to 1949. Then, the Neta-Babu Nexus became more beholden to the Police and the Judiciary as they pursued the major enterprise of the Indian Republic, which was to break, not just propriety but, the laws and to bring “Governance” into tune with the their native proclivity of theft, rapine and plunder. Today, what used to be the “subordinate” Police Force in 1947 sports World War II vintage stars apart from lights imitative of a Roswell Incident on their cars . The Police, probably, has more “Generals” pert Taluk than the entire Indian Army! The Armed Forces has its share of “Adarsh” Admirals and Generals who are as Gobra Gadi as an Indian diplomat, not to mention a few Ketchup Colonels. Verily, the Armed Forces have, by the sheer momentum built by 69 years of marching under the Kleptocracy thrown up by the Indian Constitution, laws, and anti elitist, majoritarian, public standards of morality, and bollywoodish emulation of the neo-aristocracy, have begun to waddle and become rather unfit for purpose, But, the very idea that there is a Government service today in India to whom pension matters is indicative of the higher standards of probity that they maintain.

  6. It was Carriappa, at Nehru’s behest who drove a line of distinction between the terms of service (and pension) of the King’s Commissioned Officers and the officers who had the misfortune to have their parchments signed by the likes of Pratibha Patil. Thereafter, the Neta-Babu nexus at Delhi ensured that there would be a lower and less threatening calibre of intake into the armed forces and began to progressively dilute the ranks to create an illusion of promotion when there was demotion in reality. To do so, they dissociated parity with the Civil Services which were lower than the Armed Forces prior to 1949. Then, the Neta-Babu Nexus became more beholden to the Police and the Judiciary as they pursued the major enterprise of the Indian Republic, which was to break, not just propriety but, the laws and to bring “Governance” into tune with the their native proclivity of theft, rapine and plunder. Today, what used to be the “subordinate” Police Force in 1947 sports World War II vintage stars apart from lights imitative of a Roswell Incident on their cars . The Police, probably, has more “Generals” pert Taluk than the entire Indian Army! The Armed Forces has its share of “Adarsh” Admirals and Generals who are as Gobra Gadi as an Indian diplomat, not to mention a few Ketchup Colonels. Verily, the Armed Forces have, by the sheer momentum built by 69 years of marching under the Kleptocracy thrown up by the Indian Constitution, laws, and anti elitist, majoritarian, public standards of morality, and bollywoodish emulation of the neo-aristocracy, have begun to waddle and become rather unfit for purpose, But, the very idea that there is a Government service today in India to whom pension matters is indicative of the higher standards of probity that they maintain.

  7. The problem is that some of the’ un-educated’ politicians and the majority of the self serving bureaucracy do not understand the exact meaning of the ‘standing Army’ of a Nation state. The Military is never equated with any of the other Govt organisations/ police / para military forces . Firstly, the Armed Forces of India are not given the privilege of certain fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution to the babu’s and politicians. Secondly , why should an Armed Forces personnel, on enlistment , ‘swear’ to go anywhere by / on Land , Air or Sea if the Country demands ?? Why not the rest of the Govt employees? And now see, if there is a rly strike the Army is called, if there is an earthquake , the Armed Forces are called, if there is a situation which the police cannot handle , the Armed Forces are called, if a bridge has been washed away the Army is called , if there is a riot , the Army is called , if there is a requirement to evacuate citizens from abroad , the Airforce , Navy and Army are called, if a child falls in a bore-well , the Army is called, if a foreign dignitary visits India, the Armed Forces are told to give a salute—the list is endless . Now tell me , if there is a war are the politicians/ bureaucrats, IAS/IPS Officers, railway employees, Govt employees ever told to go to the front during active operations?? Did the BSF or the ITBP or the CRPF or the NSG or the CISF fight the Kargil war / or the China war/ or the 71 war from the front? How many died??? Fine –if the Govt wants to equate the Armed Forces with the Home-Ministry forces –then lets give the same privileges to all including promotion prospects, pay, perks ,protocol, retirement age and lets junk the Army, Airforce and Navy acts!! Lets prepare an ill trained, ill motivated, ill paid , mediocre and mutinous Force in which the citizens of India will have no faith.

  8. As an ardent supporter of Mr Narendra Modi for many many years, it pains me to pen down my comments today. He has not only betrayed the support he got from a large majourity of ex-servicemen including me, but also shaken the confidence of all serving and retired armed forces personnel, in his leadership and ability to take strong decisions. The rude and harsh treatment by the Police’s brute force at Jantar Mantar on 14 August was disgraceful.

    Mr Narendra Modi has lost a golden opportunity to win the hearts of the people, especially the serving and retired Armed Forces personnel. He has missed a chance to earn the appreciation of one and all, except the bureaucrats causing the obstruction exactly in the same way as in the famous BBC serials “YES MINISTER AND YES PRIME MINISTER”.

    Also, I sincerely believe that he should have been gracious enough to visit Jantar Mantar before his Independence Day speech for an informal and affectionate interaction with the protesters, who would have welcomed him with open arms, unlike the cold shoulder treatment which they gave to Mr Rahul Gandhi and booed him away. He could have easily taken this initiative in the past 7 days,(if not in 62 days), and bring the protesting congregation into his confidence and reassure them of his promise at the rally in Rewari on 13 September, 2013– repeated on 15 August, 2014 as the PM from the Red Fort, and give them a firm deadline for the final announcement on OROP implementation.

    Obviously, he has given the impression that he does not have the capability of tightening or harnessing the IAS lobby, which always finds any benefits for our soldiers undigestable and unacceptable, and, therefore, invents several reasons to either reject or somehow delay a favourable decision.

    My personal advice to the PM, is to sanction the OROP at least for the non-commissioned ranks IMMEDIATELY, as their financial hardships are too severe– requiring quick relief and necessitating a permanent and regular inflow of the revised monthly pension to alleviate their suffering. I do not think that our officers will mind waiting, provided a firm date is given by the Prime Minister for an announcement on the implementation of their revised pension as sanctioned by the Supreme Court.
    WG CDR SHARAD CHATURVEDI (RETD)

    PUBLISHED VERSION OF LETTER TO DR CHANDAN MITRA, THE PIONEER
    http://www.dailypioneer.com/letters-to-the-editor/confidence-shaken.html
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    BUT, TODAY, DO WE HAVE A CHOICE?
    Unfortunately, today, we have no alternative except to cling on to Modi ji, who still is our best bet and the only hope in the current political scenario. We definitely cann’t have a Rahul Gandhi or Kejriwal as an alternative to lead the nation. Just try and imagine what will happen to India, if God forbids, this is thrust on us. Total chaos, anarchy and back to corruption—–forget about development or the nation’s economy.
    WG CDR SHARAD CHATURVEDI (RETD)
    1963 COMMISSION

    • Personally Modi ji is an honest nationalist, BJP and Congress as parties are quite interchangeable with same ideologies as far the philosophy of “First come I, then comes my Party and last come the people of this country and the nation – always and everytime”. Even Modiji can’t dare changing the party or the cadre. While it’s true that in present situation there’s little choice, I feel you are grossly under-estimating Kejriwal, perhaps for the reason that you form your opinion based on media reports, which has it’s own selfish preferences. Suggest you do some research, study him and check his achievements, his credentials, his prophetic allegations/accusations and his indomitable spirit to fight (even the biggest) for the right. You will be better informed.

  9. Dear Sirs
    I am a serving commander, you guys have really written well. A lot has changed as you rightly brought out how bureaupolito nexus has carefully weakened the force. But here I have a bit of disagreement with our own system. We in the forces encourage and promote timid, servile and eveready yesmen.These guys ultimately climb the ladder and regardless of their accent, they remain unreasonably servile in their outlook and are never willing to lock horns with the govt or rhe bureaucracy. Questioning, outspoken and charismatic officers are weeded out. Its time we blame ourselves for our apathy. My two cents..

  10. I feel sad. It has crept into our persona, the attitude to crawl when ordered to bend, this has seeped into our persona. This chap Goswami, the all important Moghul of the Indian Journalism happens to be the son of a Colonel of Indian Army! And he has been singing like a canary to the tunes of the bureaucrats; was there some flaw in upbringing? I am so sorry to use such a language for a young man who has taken journalism as his bread earning profession. But have something to show to the people; we don’t mind your earning !! We have not been understood, neither people are interested to understand us. I am afraid, we are getting into a political rigmarole the way Karats and Pappus are lining up!!

  11. Indians respect their soldiers but more than anything else the OROP issue has shown our men in uniform in very poor light. By sitting on dharnas, going on hunger strike and holding an elected government to ransom, the soldiers are only belittling themselves. Already as the soldiers would be realising, they are losing respect among ordinary citizens. And there is a reason behind it. Like all else, they also do a job, which is to fight for the nation. But how many actually need to fire a shot in their lifetime is another question. What is so great about wielding a gun or fighting a battle at the border? Do the para-military personnel or the police personnel who die fighting the enemy within perform any lesser role? Is their death any less? So should their rights be any less? Our generals, admirals and air chiefs would differ. For they have been raised this way. They want all the facilities and perks in life. I have never seen a soldier speak out for discontinuing the sale of liquor through Defence canteens. Or someone say why sell cars at a discount through the canteen. We all earn a salary and can pay for it. Materialism has caught all Indians alike. They all clamour for better salaries and perks. Some ask for it, others use mild threats. The Defence forces fall in the latter category.

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