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  • Should bureaucracy deny veterans their due?

    Should bureaucracy deny veterans their due?

    Unless the defence minister acts firmly, by either sacking the hierarchy of the CGDA for its failure to resolve anomalies even after three years, or for questioning government decisions, he would only face stumbling blocks throughout his tenure.

    June 18, 2019
  • Jingoism no magnet

    Jingoism no magnet

    The shortage in the officer cadres of the Indian armed services is not new. Yet what the latest figure of a little over 9,000 vacancies confirms is that jingoism is no magnet and that a worrying trend that has emerged over years has not been effectively reversed. The military registers low on the list of …

    August 3, 2018
  • An unhappy Army?

    An unhappy Army?

    Unflattering information on the internal “atmosphere” in the armed services is seldom made public: the bad-for-morale argument serves to keep things under wraps. Yet occasionally the responses to questions in Parliament rupture the veil of secrecy, and it has just been admitted that “physical casualties” ~ the preferred euphemism for suicides, fratricides and traffic accidents …

    December 31, 2017
  • Veterans must organise themselves

    Veterans must organise themselves

    The veterans’ agitation over OROP at Jantar Mantar was in its initial stages a success as it compelled the government to act. It gained national sympathy when police targeted decorated veterans on the eve of Independence Day 2015. It forced a senior police officer to come to the site and apologise for police highhandedness. After …

    November 14, 2017
  • Cry of the besieged soldier

    Cry of the besieged soldier

    A fortnight ago I had written about the ‘equivalence commission’. It is now back in the limelight, even before the earlier controversy had died. The previous commission formed in 2016, after the MoD issued a controversial letter degrading military officers’ rank structure, was tasked to establish equivalence between them and the civil cadre. The commission …

    October 31, 2017