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A soldier stands guard at the Taj Mahal

It is no longer a Modi-Jetley issue nor is it an issue for grandstanding by any Opposition politicians. This is a national cross roads and we cannot go against the red light….writes Bikram Vohra on One Rank One Pension issue

A soldier stands guard at the Taj Mahal  (File)
A soldier stands guard at the Taj Mahal (File)

One of the ex servicemen fasting unto death for the One Pension One Rank has been rushed to hospital in precarious condition.

Col Pushpender Singh collapsed and with the ten day deadline of ‘cooling off’ nearly over for the government to do something things look bleak.

Although the candlight vigil was more for those who lost their lives on the border the fact that Dehra Dun which is home to a sizeable retired service population has picked up the baton is ominous.There a so many cantonments in India where retired soldiers have established communities and one shudders to think of the consequences if this sort of protest spreads.


It is no longer a Modi-Jetley issue nor is it an issue for grandstanding by any Opposition politicians. This is a national cross roads and we cannot go against the red light.

The ex-servicemen are getting more vociferous and their tonal value that much more aggressive.

It is incredible that the government can dilly dally on the promise and cause so much disaffection in the senior retirees that those in service will also feel the bruising.
This sort of protest has the potential to create its own fuel and push forward and will be detrimental to everyone of us.

I can only hope that the Colonel pulls through,.if something were to happen to him,God forbid, the outcome would be catastrophic.

These guys are not giving in. Don’t hope that their back will break. And even if they did give up the chasm between civvy street and the uniform will have widened to a dangerous span…we don’t want that, believe me, you don’t want that.