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SEHIT TURK ASKERI , DOOLLAY TAP, DILIP KUMAR AND THE TOBRUK GUN 
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Nations which fail to develop a balanced pattern of civil-military relations squander their resources and run uncalculated risks.
Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat, October 1999.
-- 'We will prevail' or as someone said famously ' We shall overcome ' !! The candle light march by the veterans at Sector 17 Plaza , Chandigarh , 30 August . Thanks to the excellent initiative and tying up done by Ms Jaspreet Cheema and Vikram S Bajwa. It was good to see Col H S Sarao, Mandeep Bajwa , Brig Mann, Brig SJS Sangra, Col Mainee, Col RK Singh, Col Satwant, Col GPS Virk, Brig Tom Dullat, Col Bobby Chahal , Col Sanjeev Puri, Brig Chandpuri, Col Anil Kumar and more than 400 other veterans with their better halves, in this show of unity for what is a just cause! For those who wonder what this is all about-One Rank, One Pension (OROP) means same pension, for same rank and for the same length of service, irrespective of the date of retirement. OROP was the basis for determining the pension and benefits of Indian Armed Forces till 1973. In 1973, the Indian National Congress (INC) government headed by Indira Gandhi, Prime minister, following the Third Central Pay Commission (3 CPC), in an "ex-parte" decision terminated OROP. The termination of OROP caused disquiet in the Armed Forces and has since become a cause of public protests by Armed Forces Veterans.The (GoI) Koshyari Committee unanimously found merit in OROP and strongly recommended that, "Government should implement OROP in the defence forces across the board at the earliest and further that for future, the pay, allowances, pension, family pension, etc in respect of the defence personnel should be determined by a separate commission so that their peculiar terms" are properly taken into account. On 14 August 2015, Independence day eve, Rajnath Singh, the Home Minister of India, authorized Delhi Police, to physically evict the ex-servicemen, wives of servicemen, many in their eighties, from Jantar Mantar, the site of Ex servicemen protests. A contingent of Delhi Police, including some in camouflage dress, under the orders of BS Bassi, Commissioner of Delhi Police, but apparently without proper supervision, roughly removed the protesters, and damaged their tentage and equipment. " In the face of public outrage at Police high handedness, the order to evict the ex servicemen was rescinded. This stupidity by the Delhi Police and the Govt caused the Nation to join ranks with the veterans against the discrimination being done against the ESM. The bureaucracy must understand and appreciate what the renowned sociologist Morris Janowitz had famously said: “The intimate social solidarity of the military profession is both envied and resented by civilians''. For our Defence Minister , Finance Minister and the Bureaucrats- Hope you are all paying heed to intelligence reports ; the Military too is not happy with the way service matters are being handled. Look at the number of Service officers and Men on leave who join their parents and friends to fight for the rights of the ESM (and the Services).
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Definitely not an  overly brilliant deduction. Ajay , as usual has thrown in a mixture of irrelevant information along with certain pertinent points to make his cock-tail more racy!! Whereas, the writer does correctly identify some of the problems facing the Military in matters of CR's, service conditions, parochialism,acquisition / planning processes and inter-arm as well as inter -service rivalry, some of the comments he makes are irrelevant and point more towards an anti Army bias and reflect on a disgruntled mind. We all have been in the Army and all of us know about the ills and good points of the service . Mind you , there is nothing in the Indian Army in matters of promotion and policy which is at a wide variance as compared to any of the progressive Armies of the word, ills are there and always will be. That goes without saying!! 

Lets face it -if all promotions of Col and above were not related to the 'strength' of a particular arm/service (and this has to be to a great extent) - you would have an almost equal No of Cols ,Brigs and Gens from all services being approved and to adjust them all , an Artillery officer would take over an Inf Bn (because there are more Inf Bns),  an Ord  offr (because of fewer Ord units and Depots) may have to go to take over an Armd Regt (because there are more Armd Regts) . An ASC officer  approved for Gen may have to take over an Artilley Division (because of fewer ASC units and depots and Gen rank vaccancies in ASC). Appreciate--if almost same No of offrs from different arms were to be approved , how would a smaller arm adjust the rank wise influx specific to them .

 For eg take  the Army Aviation Corps-relatively a small outfit . Give them the same vaccancies of selection grade offrs as say the Inf or the Signals or the ASC --- very soon they will land up to take over Bns /Regts and Brigades in Artillery,ASC,Sigs,Inf and EME --- !! Next question , does taking over an artillery unit /brigade or an armd regt or a EME unit or Shakurbasti Depot--really require any specific to arm knowledge?? Why not have generally a 'General Cadre'-  all officers can take over any type of unit, all promotions will be in equal Nos from all arms . This my friends , will be is actual 'Mandalisation' .

 I do agree that in some of the current genre of young officers the element of the 'warrior cult' is missing . An easy life is the best life. But then remember , in Kargil and many wars before, it was always the younger lot of offrs who rose to the occasion.  All is not lost. 
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