Monday, March 09, 2009

Protesting Veterans finally get audience with Prez

A delegation of military veterans, led by former Deputy Chief Lt Gen Raj Kadyan, was finally given audience by President Pratibha Patil today. The Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM), which Gen Kadyan heads, is the same one that has been on an indefinite protest for months at Jantar Mantar over the government's refusal to implement One-Rank One-Pension.

According to a statement released by the IESM following its meeting, the President was now informed of the veterans' demand on any previous occasion, and the letters addressed to her by the veterans about their intention to return their gallantry medals were also not made available to her. The IESM statement noted: "Obviously, the bureaucrats at Rashtrapati Bhavan had not apprised the President regarding our requests. This is how the bureaucracy has treated the sentiments of soldiers who wanted to handover their most valued possession to the Supreme Commander." The President apparently heard out the veterans. Though there's little hope she's going to do anything about it.

14 comments :

Maximus said...

I gotto admit, these army guys do have a killer personality! What elegance, what dignity! God be with them and may all their wishes come true!

Mihir said...

From the expression on her face, it like she couldn't care less.

Anonymous said...

i feel so sorry for these gentlemen. they have no idea what they are up against. the govt has no intention of giving in to these righteous demands. they should just make the most of retired life and get on with it. there is no honour in fighting a battle you know you can never win. come on! this is the indian govt we are talking about!!

Anonymous said...

The expression of her face is more like she's been constipated for the past decade. The Supreme Commander didn't know that the Veterans were on a hunger strike for the past 80 days. What a joke. She must be the best fibber or the best conwoman. If she didn't know she should resign as the President or give up her title as the Supreme Commander ofthe Armed forces. There is another Joker called Rajiv Gandhi who also said he was unaware of the ESM demands. Someone should have told him that at his age young men go join the Army and do som,e thing for the country like getting posted to some Border Out Post or in LI ops AND not play Politics. Maybe he should take a clue from Rajapakshes son or Prince Edward.

Anonymous said...

why cant AF take over this country. the politicians and the babus are taking this country and armed forces for granted. taliban is standing on our door steps.if not for the armed forces the women in our houses would not be safe. the politicians do not have any foresight and their activities are governed by short term gains.

Wg Cdr S M Shukla(Rtd) said...

It is sad in case it is true that Her Excellency , President of India was kept in dark about the requests of Ex-servicemen not only once but on 3 occasions . We have to take her word for it .This action on part of the Baboos posted at the Rastrapati Bhawan calls for an inquiry and examplery punishment to the persons involved .

Lets see now what happens on 14th March.

loverboy said...

dear shiv, you had said earlier that you will take the 6 cpc issue to its logical end on headlines today. subsequently, you also kept on saying about giving latest update on the same issue a no. of times. what happenned?

Yes said...

Shiv how this country will awake and will do away with Babus and corrupt Netas? Can media help the poor soldiers who donot have fundamental right of communication to media and the public( since their right has been mortgaged for paltry sum which is even less than CPOs).Can these Babus and Netas mortgage the same right for what soldiers are getting.

Anonymous said...

IF she does not know OROP demand of ex-servicemen why she should continue as Supreme Commander.In her tenure both serving as well as retired soldiers have been humiliated,degraded and robbed of their due pay and allowances ,and pensions by corrupt,vindictive seditious anti-national bureaucracy.

Anonymous said...

THE MEDIA HAS BEEN GAGGED BY THE BUREAUCRATIC NEXUS. THERE IS ONE CHAP CALLED PRAGMATIC EUPHONY a.k.a SUSHANT K SINGH WHOSE BLOG TRIES TO SUBVERT THE INDAIN MILITARY. HIS LATEST POST ON 'ELEMENTS OF MILITARY SERVICE' HAD A POST WHICH SHOWED THE TRUE ELEMENTS OF THE CIVIL SERVICE. THE CHAP PROMPTLY CONSORED IT. SO MUCH FOR HIS FREE EXCHANGE OF VIEWS. WHAT A FARCE. THE POST CENSORED WAS A LINK TO http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_OOAvkOa_nho/SbiQJvErucI/AAAAAAAACjQ/_Uf5uVY8THA/s1600-h/RidingOnShoulders.jpg

Anonymous said...

anon @ 9:11 pm

didnt you know? its a tag team now. after the mumbai attacks, that retributions guy was cursing the marcos like theres no tomorrow. and as expected, this sushant singh guy started patting him on the back.

all these guys are capable of is riding on their high horses, calling themselves "strategic thinkers" while tut tutting at all and sundry for their narrow, tactical thinking. what a bunch of jokers!

kuldeep singh chauhan said...

i dont' understand wot a rubberstamp president with proven incompetancy is gonna do about these issues. she was at her best cosily enconsed in some obscure rajbhavan sparing India the indignity of being forced upon such an incompetant, partisan and parochial president probably first tym in history.Y congress always heap upon us B or C grade retired politicians as presidents whose only qualification cms 2 be the ultimate devotion to nehru-gandhi family, not fit 2 be supreme commander of armed forces.

Anonymous said...

Miltary personnel and ESM and their families and relatives and friends should VOTE. They must remove this Italian Mafia Government whose Battle cry is 'BHAIY HO'. They Spawned terror and fear in India. Max terror attacks, 1984 riots, Babri Masjid ( a sly inciting of clashes to defame their political opponents and create words like Islamic and Saffron Terror) all took place during their tenure of power. The ESM (20 lakhs) and AF pers (11 lakhs) and their friends and relatives would easily contribute to about 5-10% of the Vote bank. Screw these UPA chaps in the elections.After the Elections the Babus will show their true colours as turncoats. But don't let them off. They the Babus who created mischief must be HAD. What will Pratibha Aunty do when the Cong becomes the Dong?

Wg Cdr S M Shukla(Rtd) said...

Mr LalKrishna Advani supported OROP demand at a public function at Delhi ( release of a book by Gen Sinha ) . He is to visit the hunger strike site of IESM at Jantar Mantar , Delhi on 17/18th Mar . BJP seems to have realised the vote bank that is building thanks to the efforts of IESM.