On 26 October 1947 when erstwhile Maharaja of J&K State, Hari Singh, decided to accede to India, the Pakistani Tribal force led by the Pakistani Army Officers had already reached Baramula a town just 20 kms away from the J&K State Capital Srinagar. This accession was unconditional and the very next day units of Indian army were landing at Srinagar airfield which itself had come under enemy fire.
Since the time the current government has come into power, for reasons best known to the political masters, the veterans of armed forces have been running form pillar to post for their legitimate rights and Izzat; but the response of then UPA government has been luke warm if not negative in most cases. May be it is time that veterans from armed forces enter in politics themselves and make their presence count.
Few days back Sushil Kumar Shinde, the Home Minister of India, issued a special directive to all the states that innocent Muslim youths should not be harassed by the police. Whether we like it or not, it implies that the Muslim youths in India are being harassed by the police, while other communities in India namely Hindus, Sikhs and Christians are having a good time at the cost of Muslim youths.
Rajiv Rautela DM of Aligarh, a promoted IAS officer from provincial state cadre of UP, was recently mocking the martyrs of Indian Army in a press conference saying that India is a land of mourners where the family members of the martyrs demand compensation as they mourn their death on television channels. According to him job of a soldier is to protect and defend the boundaries of the country and in the bargain if he dies that is no big deal.