8 outcomes of FAUJI parenting

  1. Being truly secular

There are different places of worship all within the same vicinity, and you visit these places without any bondage of a religion. You celebrate all festivals and treat all cultures, beliefs and religions with the same respect.

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  1. New meaning to long distance relationships

Your serving  father/mother  has to stay away usually for long periods of time in places with poor internet or mobile connectivity. And you constantly fear for their well-being but continue with your daily routine. You have seen your parents being strong for you even when one of them is in a high tension area. That is the kind of love we aspire for.

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  1. Traveler at heart

You have travelled to beautiful undiscovered  locations which Hipster travelers today only aspire to visit, all thanks to your Fauji parents postings. And even after you grow up you remain a traveler at heart.

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  1. Champion at packing

Your mothers plants, crystal crockery, car, dog everything is on the list to be loaded into a truck and sent of all the way from Jammu to Dimapur. So by the time you are packing for college you are already a pro.

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  1. Outstanding storyteller

You grow up hearing great stories from your parents about “when I was posted in Siachen or the time when we were rescuing during the Assam floods” etc. You become a great story-teller yourself fascinating people with your adventurous childhood stories growing up as a Fauji Kid.

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  1. Being great at parties

While a lot of people start partying when they go to college you have been doing it every week since you were a child. Even in the most obscure locations you will have Tambola nights and lots of parties (some your parents have to drag you to). So by the time you grow up you are a natural at being an ace at parties.

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  1. Adjusting in new environments

From shifting houses, schools to towns you have done it all. Sigh…..The heart break of your best friends dad getting posted out. But shifting to a new class in the middle of a semester is never easy unless you have mom and dad helping you copy notes.

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     8. A sports person for life

You have the opportunity to learn a lot of sports like horse riding ,golf, swimming etc and have big open areas for your adventures. The obstacle course near your house is where you go to play every evening. 

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Please share your experiences in the comments below and tell us about your experiences of fauji parenthood. We are sure there must be many many more.

Time to retire!! A few Cheetah crashes in the past 10 years

The recent news about the Cheetah crash near Sukhna in West Bengal killing 3 Army Officers and and injuring a JCO brought into memory various times we have heard similar news. It also brings to mind the numerous times we have heard that these helicopters need to be replaced.

In 2007 Defence Minister A K Antony had said “government proposes to withdraw Chetak and Cheetah helicopters from the Army, because the existing fleet of helicopters is of 1960s and 1970s vintage and hence, inadequate for the present operational requirement of the Indian Army”. And yet we are still using these machines.

Take a look at a few Cheetah crashes in the past years:

1. Nov 30th. 2016

An army helicopter has reportedly crashed at Sukna Military Camp in West Bengal around 11.45 am Wednesday morning, killing three officers and leaving one junior commissioned officer critically injured.

2. March 11, 2016

An Indian Army helicopter crash landed in Hoshiarpur district’s Maili village after it developed a technical snag. Two of the four crew members on board were injured in the mishap.

3. Feb 3 rd. 2015

An Indian Army’s Cheetah helicopter crashed at Dimapur helipad in Nagaland during its routine sortie.

4. Oct 1, 2014

The Cheetah copter, which belonged to the Army’s aviation unit in Bareilly, crashed in Bhartaul village along the Nakatia river. Major Abhijit Thapa (29), Captain Avinash Kumar (26) and flight engineer Major Vikas Baryani (29) were declared brought dead at the military hospital in Bareilly.

5. March 5, 2013

A naval helicopter, with four personnel on board, crashed off the Vishakhapatnam harbour.Two crew members out of the four died.The Chetak helicopter crashed during a routine training sortie

6. May 23rd, 2012

The pilot of a Cheetah helicopter of the Army Aviation was killed while his co-pilot got injured when it crashed in Siachen glacier.

7. August 18, 2010

Cheetah, on a routine sortie between Dimapur and Limakong. The two pilots — Major Rakesh Sharma and Major Nikhil Prakash of the Army Aviation Corps — and passenger Colonel B P Pal of EME, died in the crash.

8. September 11 , 2010

IAF lost a Cheetah in Jharkhand

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One IAF Cheetah helicopter crash landed in Siachen Glacier region on November 8, 2010. The helicopter took off from the Base Camp for a routine air maintenance sortie in Siachen Glacier region. Luckily both pilots survived. Another Cheetah crash was reported in the glacier in April 2007.

10. Oct 29th, 2004

Cheetah helicopter took off from the Bareilly base on a routine “recee mission” but lost air contact and crashed killing Major General D.P. Singh, his aide Lt-Col B.K. Pande and the pilot Captain Arjun Sardana near the Sino-Indian border.

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Wives of Army Officers had represented to the Government for replacement of Cheetah and Chetak helicopters to avoid casualties and a petition was submitted last year.

The Army has been trying to replace the Cheetah helicopters from the 70’s for a long time.

In Oct this year India and Russia signed a deal to jointly produce 200 Kamov Ka-226T helicopters, at the India Russia Summit in Goa. The helicopters are believed to boost the capabilities of the armed forces and replace the ageing cheetah chopper fleet.

We hope we can see the Ka-226T production soon. But soon will never be soon enough considering the precious lives we have lost over the years.

Quality equipment for the Armed Forces should be a priority.Seems unbelievable that we are risking the lives of our soldiers at the hands of faulty equipment.

FYI : A list of the most capable military transport chopper around the world.

9 Wonderful Places To Visit In Mysore That Are Unforgettable

Mysore used to be the the capital city of the Kingdom of Mysore from 1399 until 1947. Such a history has left behind some brilliant architectural structures and a rich cultural heritage in this city that attracts tourists in large numbers. And it’s not just history, the beautiful presence of nature also makes Mysore an awesome getaway destination.

Here are 9 wonderful places in Mysore you can’t afford to miss.

1). Somnathpur Temple

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Dating back to 1268 the Somnathpur Temple has Lord Keshava-an incarnation of Lord Krishna as the main deity. It is one of the many temples built under the reign of King Narasimha the third.

More significantly (from a contemporary viewpoint) it’s the last one still standing from among those temples.

The structural brilliance is the perfect example of meticulous carfstmanship that’s the hallmark of erstwhile Indian architecture.


2). Sand Sculpture Museum

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Stunning examples of sand sculpture are at display in the Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum.

Whether they feature fantastical creatures or real characters like Tipu Sultan, the artworks are something to watch.


 

3). The Maharaja’s Palace

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Also known as Amba Vilas the Maharaja’s Palace is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mysore. The Palace belonged to the Wodeyar maharajas but it caught fire in 1897.

However, an English architect restored the palace in the early 20th century. With it’s brilliant array of stained-glass windows, glittering mosaic floors and paintings from the Edwardian Raj era, the palace is a feast for the eyes.


 

4). Avadhoota Datta Peetham

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An ashram founded by Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji, the Abadoota Datta Peetham promotes meditation, yoga and communal prayers.

Even if you don’t partake in any of the activities in the ashram, there’s still a good enough reason to visit- the bonsai garden and the bird sanctuary inside the ashram premises make for a great place to take an easy stroll with your loved ones.


 

5). Chamundi Hill Nandi Statue

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The 350 year old statue of Nandi the bull that’s carved from a giant black granite boulder is situated at the foot of the Chamundi Hil.

According to Hindu belief, Nandi is the vehicle of Lord Shiva, and the statue is located near a shrine of Lord Shiva.


 

6). Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens

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A part of the Mysore Zoo, the Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens is the perfect place to spend some quality time with your family when you’re in Mysore.

With a wide array of animals and an extremely serene ambience, this is one place where communing with nature is at its best.


 

7). Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery

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This beautiful Buddhist ashram is situated amidst Bylakuppe’s sandal groves. A brilliant structure that features colourful Buddhist artworks, the monastery was founded by His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche and was sanctified by the Dalai Lama.

At present, the monastery is home to almost 5,000 Buddhist monks and nuns.


 

8). Sri Chamundeswari Temple

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Standing tall at 3,500 feet above the summit of Chamundi Hill, the temple is an architectural marvel. The intricately carved-stone structure that serves as the entrance gateway is 100 feet tall.

And that’s just the beginning of the beauty that’s in store for you. Also, from this height you can enjoy a spectacular view of Mysore.


9). St. Philomena’s Church

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Built in 1956, St.Philomena’s Church is 175 feet high.

One of the oldest Indian churches that’s designed in the neo-Gothic style inspired by the Cologne Cathedral in Germany, the church is a magnificent edifice complete with Biblical events depicted on stained-glass windows.


 

Make your visit to the royal city memorable by checking out these beautiful places in Mysore.

 

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10 Rarely Known Movies on Indian Army

The next best combination after fish and chips is probably Bollywood and battlefield. While useless action movies have never been hits (unless tried by Salman Khan), with patriotism, Bollywood has almost every time made a mark:….

1). Haqeeqat (1964)

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A platoon of soldiers, fighting the Sino-Indian war of 1962, are presumed dead in the hilly terrains of Ladakh. They are however rescued by the Ladakhi tribes and Captain Bahadur Singh.

This movie is also famous for its songs such as “Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Sathiyo”.


2). Vijeta (1982)

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Confused and caught in between his parents’ marital problems, Angad chooses to become a fighter pilot for the Indian Air Force.


3).  Param Vir Chakra (1995)

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Param Vir Chakra is a 1995 Bollywood war action film directed and written by Ashok Kaul. It stars Saeed Jaffrey, Kulbhushan Kharbanda and Hema Malini.


4). Saat Hindustani

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Maria, a satyagrahi, along with six men from different religious and geographical backgrounds struggles to liberate Goa from the Portuguese.


5). Aakraman (1975)

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This film portrays the love angle between two army officers who fall in love with the same woman but when the indo-pak war breaks out, all hell breaks loose and the junior officer vows to take revenge with the other officer who has stolen his sweetheart by proposing her for marriage

.Besides this romantic drama the film also showcases the emotional remembrance of a father for his KIA son who dies in the previous war i.e. 1965 indo pak-war and highlights the bravery and courage of Indian soldiers and airmen during the last days of the present 1971 war when India defeats Pakistan and with this east Pakistan is finished and Bangladesh is created.


6). Lalkaar

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Brothers Rajan and Ram are deployed by the Indian Civil Services to fight in World War II. Rajan loves Usha, but soon he is presumed dead. Ram, who also loves Usha, is sent on a secret mission.


8). Yahaan

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While Kashmir is in turmoil, as on one hand terrorists are trying to take over the land and on other hand Indian army tries to find and eliminate them, Army commander Aman meets Adaa when posted to Kashmir to fight the insurgents.

This movie is  Bollywood war drama, romantic movie, starring Jimmy Shergill, Minissha Lamba and Yashpal Sharma in the lead.

 


8). Hindustan Ki Kasam (1973)

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Hindustan Ki Kasam is a 1973 war movie based on Operation Cactus Lilly in the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War.


9). Prahaar: The Final Attack

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Major Chauhan, a highly trained officer in the Indian Army, diligently serves his country on the battlefield. He decides to take a stand against the corruption rampant in the country.

Our Ex-Army chief Gen V.K singh also has a role in this film.


10) . 1971

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A band of six Indian prisoners of the 1971 war try to make the most daring escape from a Pakistani camp to the Indian border, with the Pakistani officials in hot pursuit.


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11 Heart-touching Quotes From Indian Army That Will Surely Apprise Patriotism in You

“Indian Army” – When we utter these two words, our heads get down with respect and gratitude to their sacrifice and nobility. From the icy terrain of Himalaya to the scorching heat of desert, they guard us as their family all day and night without complaining.

From the dawn of our independence, they keep us guarding from the intruders, terrorists and other external attacks. Since 1947, we have faced three major wars and in each case, even in worst condition, we have snatched victory from enemies with the help of our powerful, devotional and extremely talented Indian Army.

Here are 11 motivational quotes from Indian army that will make you need to remain up and salute them…

1).  Major Somnath Sharma – 4th Battalion,Kumaon Regiment

The enemy are only 50 yards from us. We are heavily outnumbered. We are under devastating fire. I shall not withdraw an inch but will fight to our last man and our last round.”

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2) Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw

” There will be no withdrawal without written orders and these orders shall never be issued.”-Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw as Core Commander in 1962. “

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3). Capt Manoj Kumar Pandey – PVC 1/11 Gorkha Rifles

” Some goals are so worthy, it’s glorious even to fail. “

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4)  Capt. Vikram Batra, PVC

” Either I will come back after hoisting the tricolor, or I will come back wrapped in it, but I will be back for sure. “

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5).  Lt. Arun Kehtarpal, PVC

” No Sir, I will not abandon my tank. My gun is still working and I will get these bastards. “

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6).  Capt R Subramanium , Kirti Chakra (Posth)

” You have never lived until
You have almost died,
And for those who choose to fight,
Life has a special flavor,
The protected will never know!!! “

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7).  General J J Singh

” We fight to win and win with a knock out,because there are no runners up in war. – General JJ Singh “

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8).   Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw

” If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or is a Gurkha. “

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9). Major Sudhir Kumar Walia

” I won’t die in an accident or die of any disease i will go down in Glory. “

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10).  Capt. Vikram Batra, PVC

” Ye dil maange more.”

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11).  Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw

” I wonder whether those of our political masters who have been put in charge of the defence of the country can distinguish a mortar from a motor; a gun from a howitzer; a guerrilla from a gorilla, although a great many resemble the latter.”

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27 Facts About The Indian Armed Forces That’ll Make You Respect Them Even More

We owe so much to the Indian Army. They are the reason we sleep peacefully at night, a perfect example of bravery. But there’s still so much we don’t know about our men of steel. Take a look and educate yourself.

 

1). The Indian Army was formed in 1776, under the government of the East India Company in Kolkata.

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2).  The Indian Army has about 53 cantonments and 9 army bases, spread across India.

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3). India covertly tested its nuclear arsenal in the early 1970s and late 1990s without the CIA even knowing what was happening.

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Till date, it is considered to be one of the CIA’s biggest failures in espionage and detection.


4). Unlike other government organisations and institutions in India, there are no provisions for reservations based on caste or religion.

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Soldiers are recruited based on their overall merit and fitness based on stringent tests and trials. And once a citizen of India joins the forces, he/she becomes a soldier. Nothing else. Nothing more.


5). Operation Rahat (2013) was one of the biggest civilian rescue operations ever carried out in the world.

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It was carried out by the Indian Air Force to evacuate civilians affected by the floods in Uttarakhand in 2013. It was the biggest civilian rescue operations in the world carried out by any Air Force using helicopters. During the first phase of the operation from 17 June 2013, the IAF airlifted a total of about 20,000 people; flying a total of 2,140 sorties and dropping a total of 3,82,400 kg of relief material and equipment.


6). The Indian Army built the highest bridge in the world.

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The Bailey Bridge is the highest bridge in the world. It is located in the Ladakh valley between Dras and Suru rivers in the Himalayan mountains. It was built by the Indian Army in August 1982.


7). The Military Engineering Services (MES) is one of the biggest construction agencies in India.

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The MES and Border Roads Organisation (BRO) are together responsible for the construction and maintenance of some of the most awesome roads and bridges ever to have been built. To name a few, the Khardungla Pass (the highest motorable road in the world), the Magnetic Hill in Leh, etc.


8). The Indo Pakistan War of 1971 came to end with the surrender of about 93,000 combatants and officials of the Pakistani Army.

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This is the largest number of POWs taken into custody since World War II. The war resulted in the creation of the independent state of Bangladesh.


9).  India controls the highest battlefield in the world, the Siachen glacier, at 5000 metres above Mean Sea Level (MSL).

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10). India has the biggest “voluntary” army in the world.

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All serving and reserve personnel have actually “opted” for service. There is a provision for conscription (forced recruitment) in the constitution, but it has never been used.


11). Indian soldiers are considered among the very best in high altitude and mountain warfare.

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The Indian army’s High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS) is one of the most elite military training centers in the world and is frequented by Special Ops teams from the U.S, U.K & Russia. U.S Special Forces trained at HAWS before their deployment during the invasion of Afghanistan.

 


12). In the Battle of Longewala, on which the famous Bollywood movie “Border” is based, there were only two casualties on the Indian side.

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The Battle of Longewala was fought in December 1971 between India and Pakistan, in which just 120 Indian Soldiers with 1 jeep mounted M40 recoilless rifle held the fort against 2000 Pakistani soldiers backed by 45 tanks and 1 mobile infantry brigade. Despite being heavily out-numbered, the Indian soldiers held their ground throughout the night and with the help of the Air Force, were able to completely rout the aggressors.


13). The Ezhimala Naval Academy in Kerala is the largest of its kind in Asia.

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14). Indian Army won 2 wars against China that you probably don’t  know : The Nathu La Conflict in Sept, 1967 and The Cho La Conflict in Oct, 1967.

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15). The Indian Air Force has an out-station base in Tajikistan and is seeking another in Afghanistan.

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16). The Indian army has a horsed cavalry regiment. It is among one of the last 3 such regiments in the world.

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17). The Indian Army is one of the biggest troop contributors to the United Nations peace making operations.

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18). The President’s bodyguard is the oldest armoured regiment of the Indian Army. It was established in 1773, and is currently based in the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.

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19). Another brilliant example of bravery by the Indian army was during the Battle of Saragarhi on 12th September 1897. In this battle, 21 Sikhs fought against 10,000 Afghans.

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All 21 Sikhs died in this battle, and there were 400-600 casualties on the Afghan side. This battle is often cited as one of the greatest last stands in history, often compared to the Battle of Thermopylae, where King Leonidas fought Persian army of Xerxes in 480 BC with an army of 300 Spartan soldiers.


20). Talking about the regimental structure, each defense establishment has a place of worship for different religions based on the religious distribution of the army. When there isn’t enough place for all religions, a sarv dharm sthal is createdwhich serves as a place of worship for all religions.

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A highly educated Religious Teacher of the rank of a Junior Commissioned Officer(JCO/Warrant Officer) acts counselor to soldiers and officers to help them during moral and psychological crisis.


 

21). The Ministry of Defense operates five Rashtriya Military Schools and a Rashtriya Indian Military College as feeder institutions to defense forces, where students undergo a similar curriculum designed according to their age group as they would in services.

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The students here are generally called cadets and have an option to join Indian Defense service at the end of their schooling.


 

22).  India is the largest importer of arms, Yet India never invaded nor attacked any country. 

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The Indian army has never initiated a first attack or engaged in a military coup with the intention of gaining power or governing a nation.

 

23).  Param Vir Chakra, the highest wartime gallantry award has been awarded only 21 times till date, and 2/3rds of these were awarded posthumously.

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24). In terms of numbers, the Indian Army is third largest army in the world.

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It also has the credit of being the largest volunteer force. It has been the largest contributor to the United Nations Peace Keeping Force (UNPKF), and has taken part in huge number of missions abroad.


25).  India gate was built in memory of the 82,000 soldiers who were martyred in World War 1.

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26). During World War 2 India produced the largest volunteer army in world history. Nearly 25 lakh Indian Soldiers participated in World War 2.

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27).  India provides safety for more than 3 lakh refugees from Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan & Bangladesh.

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Take a bow, Indian Army. #Respect

 

Jai Hind

Team Udchalo

Yeh Ek Shaheed Smarak Hai…..

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The picture of the instruction board is from outside the Jaswantgarh war memorial in Tawang. The first point states “This is a war memorial, maintain its honour“. The second one states “Please don’t donate stuff”. I have highlighted it for your convenience.

This is instructive of how the Army works. It does not extort money for profits and certainly not from its dead soldiers. Looked at with a commercial lens, a war memorial is a goldmine of opportunities to make money. Patriotism in the hands of the opportunist is a commodity that is begging to be milked for profits and there is nothing more lucrative than a dead soldier. It is not just in terms of making money. A dead soldier is useful in other ways too. Used intelligently it hides the mediocrity of the mediocre and can give respectability to the scoundrel.

To all those trying to score political capital over the dead bodies of soldiers, you should try paying a visit to the Jaswantgarh war memorial. It is on the way to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, some 30 Kms before you reach the Tawang town. It is an arduous journey no doubt but the views will keep you enthralled. And when you reach the memorial, take some time to read this board. Once you have read the board then just enter without any apprehensions. There are no entry tickets. Once you enter, do notice a section where Chinese soldiers are given due respect. The very Chinese soldiers who are the reason these Indian soldiers needed a memorial in the first place. Maybe it will teach you a thing or two as to how you honour your soldiers.

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And yes once you are out, on the opposite side of the road there is a tea stall run by the Indian Army. Have some tea before you leave. And oh don’t worry. The tea is provided free of cost.

By George Aikara