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No Vijay Yatras against Army: Politicising cantonment roads hurts the army, harms the nation and jeopardises security

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Anyone who has ever felt anything for the Indian army cannot help but be taken aback by the spectacle of political vijay yatras that were seen in the last few days on some of our army cantonment roads. Cantonments are the bedrock of the Indian army. Even if you think that some cantonment roads needed […..]

As China changes border script, India can’t afford to back down

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If there were any doubts that China is systematically changing the famous ‘tao guang yang hi’ (TGYH) approach that underpinned its foreign policy since the late 1980s, the ongoing military standoff in Doklam — which started with the People’s Liberation Army trying to change the status quo at the border tri-junction of Bhutan, India and […..]

Armed forces discriminated against, left out in the cold by IAS, IPS

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Despite the 7th Pay Commission’s award which gave 33 lakh government servants and 14 lakh defence personnel (with 54 lakh retirees and 18 lakh veterans) salary and pension hikes from August 1, 2016, defence forces personnel and veterans have been angry. Independent Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar is a member of Parliament’s Standing Committee on […..]

On the military’s anger with 7th Pay Commission

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BJP and the soldier

The Prime Minister’s second Independence Day speech from the Red Fort was received differently in different quarters but there is one political constituency where it got a clear thumbs down. A day after shocking images emerged of police action on protesting ex-soldiers agitating for one-rank-one-pension (OROP) at Jantar Mantar in the Capital, defence veterans reacted […..]

Narendra Modi’s Red Fort fizzle

The colour of the Prime Minister’s turban at the Red Fort had changed — from red in 2014 to mustard-yellow in 2015. So had the context. In 2014, Narendra Modi was the grand new hope of India, speaking like an outsider bringing new energy to the decaying pillars of power. Now, after a year and […..]

The soldier’s right: Why the arguments against one-rank-one-pension are misleading

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Roman emperor Augustus started the tradition of military pensions in 13 BC by guaranteeing life pensions to every legionary who fought 20 years for Rome. It set the bar for all modern armies and Independent India continued the British tradition of financially privileging military service until 1973, when soldiers were paid more than civilian bureaucrats. […..]