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An open letter to PM Narendra Modi on Agra's Defence Colony issue
This is an open letter from a resident of Agra, who wants the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi to look into the existing situation in Agra's Defence Colony, where the Indian Army has created permanent walls dividing Defence Colony and the Army area.
Respected PM Narendra Modi,

With deep pain I am penning down this letter, expecting it will salvage the residents of Defence Colony from the torture, harassment of Indian Army based out of Agra Cantt.


Let me first acquaint you with the Defence Colony. This residential colony came into existence in around 1960 inside the land that falls under the premises of Agra Cantt, owned by the farmers of hamlets of Sohalla and Chawali. These villages are in existence since decades, generations.

The essence behind the conceptualization of Defence Colony was to provide residential space to the serving and retired Army personnel, enabling them in accessing government benefits, including CSD Canteen facility and Medical facility, also to enable their children in gaining education from Central and Army School.    

Sir, as per record about 90 per cent of house owners out of 1000 in Defence Colony hail from Army background. These are the people who have served the motherland, donning the olive green uniform. Many of the retired personnel have encountered the wars of 1962 with China, 1965 and 1971 with Pakistan and 1999 Kargil. The legacy doesn't end here – there are many families whose new generation too has joined the Indian Army.

There are around 50 Army officers in this colony, including Colonel and Major. Every year one or two boys join Indian Army as officers, while around five don the uniform as soldier. That clearly reflects the passion for army in Defence Colony.    


Everything was going peacefully in the colony till 2000, we used to head for market, school and college, hospital from two main roads, passing through Army units and residential buildings. Nobody had any objection. 

Around the year 2000, certain Army officers came up with a plan, shutting down around seven paths, roads, passing through Army units and residential buildings, including the main two. Army has created permanent walls dividing Defence Colony and Army area. 

This sort of dictatorial behaviour of Indian Army is creating issues galore for the people of Defence Colony, including retired and serving army personnel and their children. Now to visit a market, hospital, we have to take a long route. School children too are experiencing hard time.  

Hon'ble PM, why this injustice? Why the retired army personnel of Defence Colony are being harassed, tortured in the name of security. May I humbly ask you - is the Indian Army of Agra feeling insecured from their former and existing colleagues?  

Sir, we are not terrorist, we are not criminal. We are proud citizens of this incredible India. This year you celebrated Diwali at Siachin Glacier with the Army personnel. It was a highly commendable step.

I as a writer, son of a soldier appreciate that. In your address, you promised the personnel to help them in their grief and sorrow. Now, may I humbly request you to look into grief and sorrow of Defence Colony. Think about the sacrifice these Army personnel have made for this incredible India. 

Hon. PM Modi ji, I'm sure you will look into the issue. My heart bleeds for the Army personnel of Defence Colony, while writing this letter.  

Jai Hind!!! Vande Mataram!!! 


Rajiv Azad

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