9 Celebrities Who Are In Armed Forces to motivate youth toward the armed forces.

Indian armed forces have stepped to a new way to motivate youth to participate in the armed forces.

On one side, print and digital media are playing an important role in igniting nationality in youth and on the other hand, some celebrities have joined armed forces in order to motivate youth toward the armed forces.

If we see the Data, sports have been closer to the army than any other profession. Many celebrities belong to a military family, but those who have joined armed forces belong to sports.

1). Abhinav Bindra

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Another name that got popular with M.S Dhoni in 2011 for induction in Territorial Army was Ace shooter Abhinav Bindra. He is also awarded the rank of Lieutenant colonel in the Indian army.

As Dhoni was given a place in parachute regiment, Bindra joined a TA battalion of Sikh regiment. Abhinav Bindra, the champion in the 10m rifle shot and recently won a gold medal in shooting in commonwealth games 2014 held in Glasgow.


2). Kapil Dev

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In 2008, Kapil Dev’s name was surfaced in the media for his entrance into Territorial Army. The cricket expert was also raised as an icon of the army. He was also awarded the rank of lieutenant colonel by the army.

During the time of his appointment, the Additional director general of TA called him the brand ambassador of TA and stated that he is expecting a hike in youth’s interest in the army after Kapil Dev’s joining.


3). Mahendra Singh Dhoni

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The cricket icon of India and the captain cool, has got the place in Indian army. Territorial Army has given the honorary rank of lieutenant colonel to M. S. Dhoni.

He got this rank in the parachute regiment of the Indian army. In the middle of this year, he got into the media for his two-week training for para-regiment in Agra, UP.

As per the sources, he had contacted the paramilitary authorities for his initial trading. Reports also revealed that he has gone through 5 para jumps after two weeks of training.


4). Sachin Tendulkar

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Master blaster, the god of cricket has been a part of Indian Air Force making Indian armed forces closer to the youth of the nation.

Sachin Tendulkar joins Indian Air Force with the rank of group captain. He became the first sportsperson to confer honorary and first person without an aviation background to receive this honour.

The batsman has become the face of Indian Air Force of youth. Recently he was seen attending a 83rd Air Force day celebration in Hindon.


5). Mohanlal Viswanathan Nair

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This south Indian actor, is the first and the only actor who received the honorary rank of lieutenant colonel in the Territorial Army of India. He received this rank in 2009. He has also reported for his initial training.

He had gone through post commissioning, training at 122 infantry battalions of the Territorial Army in Kanpur in 2010.


6). Sachin Pilot

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Commissioned as a lieutenant in Territorial Army, Sachin Pilot became the first union minister to get this rank.

He was commissioned in TA battalion of Sikh regiment in 2012. The M.P. from Ajmer, Rajasthan cleared preliminary interview board and got recommended from SSB Bangalore. His father was a pilot in Indian Air Force and grandfather was NCO in army.


Apart for these, some army persons are also there who became celebrities during their service.

 

 

7). Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore 

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Lieutenant Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore won a silver medal in double trap event in Athens Olympics in 2004 and became a star in India.

He is the first sportsperson to win individual silver for India since 1900.


8). Vijay Kumar

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He is the Indian shooter who came to limelight while he was serving in the army. Subedar Major Vijay Kumar grabbed the silver medal in 25mtr rapid fire pistol event in the summer Olympics 2012.

He is currently serving and still getting trained to excel his shooting skills.


 

9). Milkha Singh

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The Flying Sikh, Milkha Singh, who had joined Indian army and later this sprinter made India proud on international forums.

The movie “Bhaag Milka Bhaag” which was based on the book “The Race of My Life” (authored by Milkha Singh and his daughter) has flashed the clear life of Milkha Singh.

He was commissioned to JCO from Sepoy taking his achievement of Asian games 1958 into confederation.


 

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10 Most famous Army Public Schools (APS) in India

1).  APS Dhaula Kuan (DK), New Delhi

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The Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi is the flagship school among all the APSs in the country. The Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi has been awarded with the highest academic excellence among all the Army public schools in the country.

This school has given many war hero (Vikram batra , Anuj nayyar) and superstars (Anushka sharma, Priyanka Chopra).

The students and alumni of the school are referred to as “Tapsites”.


2). Army Public School Nehru Road (LAPS), Lucknow

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One of the famous APS in India sprawling over 20 acres of land, dotted with Ashokas and Gulmohars, Army Public School, Nehru Road, Lucknow or LAPS as we fondly call it, originated from the lap of an Army School which was established in 1981.

Nawabs are produced here. Also the 9 kilometer sign of Principal is very famous.


3). Army Public School, Dagshai

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Army Public School is a boarding school located in Dagshai, India. It lies on top of the Dagshai Hills. The school is ranked 6th among top boarding schools in India. The Army Public School, Dagshai, occupies an estate covering 40 acres of the Dagshai hills, at an altitude of some 2100 metres above sea level.

It is a member of the Indian Public Schools Conference (IPSC).

4). Army Public School , Pune

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Army Public School is a school in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Its main entrance is located on Vishwamitra Marg in Pune Cantonment near the Southern Command Signal Regiment and Pune Race course.

The school publishes a monthly newsletter, “Creativity.com”,  which highlights all school activities and a yearly magazine compiled by its editorial board, “Images”.

Their mission is  “Students are trained to aim for the best as per their potential”.


5). Army Public School, Bangalore

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This school started with just one section of class VIth with 12 boys and 01 girl in the year 1981 under the Awwa scheme. Today it boasts of being one of the best educational institutions in the country nurturing and molding the young minds and talents.The school believes in awakening the young mind to think “who they are and where they are going”.

They have their own Mobile App by name of UOLO to improve parent teacher communication.


6). Army Public School, Narangi

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Discipline, principle and punctuality are the fundamentals of their education.This school is famous for its rules and regulations plus Fines are imposed on students violating school rules. The environment and location of school is very beautiful.

School Magazine “TRIVENI” is published annually showcasing the myriad of school activities throughout the academic session.


7). Army Public School, Shankar Vihar, Delhi

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Army Public School, Shankar Vihar is a school in Delhi Cantonment, Shankar Vihar, Delhi. It is a branch of the AWES-controlled Indian Army Public Schools.

The school holds an Annual Competitive Event  “Expessions”. Through Expressions, many schools in Delhi come together to compete in categories including Graffiti Painting, Web Crawling, Folk Singing, Best Out of Waste and Band Competitions.


8). Army Public School, Jaipur

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APS Jaipur is a very special place. Their inclusive ethos and commitment to the highest standard in Education has made it one of the most desirable APS in India.

Their motto is ‘We Accept Challenges” and work conscientiously and diligently towards accomplishing it. Spreading over 10 acre this school is famous for their Discipline and Academic Results.


9). Army Public School, Chandimandir

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The school provides an excellent infrastructure and inspiring ambience conducive to academic thinking. Their vision is  “Quality Education at Affordable Cost”.

The school is situated in picturesque surroundings on the top of a hillock in Sector-D and is housed in neat and clean buildings. It is spread in an area of 12 acres with build up area of 21000 sq. mtrs.


10). Army Public School, Delhi Cantt

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Army Public School, Delhi Cantt is situated in the salubrious, serene ambience in the heart of Delhi Cantt. This school creates an aura of its own. The foundation of the school lies in the motto ‘TRUTH IS GOD’.

The school also has facility for open school where slow learners and the differently abled are taught by a special facilitator .


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1st Pakistani to admit the Indian Army Surgical Strike happened (a must watch)

Mr. Munir Sami  a really sensible person talking straight in a news show where he has shown the concern for his country Pakistan and slapped the government for fooling people of Pakistan.

Watch how this gentleman talking much sense, even better than few so called intellectuals in India.

Salute and Respect for Munir Sami from India.

Jai Hind
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The Guiding Entity

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The Ravana in me who occasionally wakes up

We may worship Ram and condemn Ravana but the two are not separate entities.

They inhabit a single body and form a single soul.

It is difficult and not so good to let the Ram within you guide through your journey of life

It is immature and not so wise to let the Ravana within you enlighten your journey of life

So, who should be the one mentoring you?

The answer is “Karma”

It is that sole god and entity which defines your path

When the Ram in you becomes too “Ramiiisshh”

Tell it that sooner or later, it might be rewarded for all the “Ramiiisshh” things it does

But prohibit it from losing someone dear while doing good

And

When the Ravana in you becomes too “Ravaniisshh”

Gently caress it and tell that it does not need to do anything

It does not need to kidnap someone,

No need to get its own Lanka burnt,

Sit back and trust

“Karma is a bitch”

And it’s a ferocious one

More than any dog or bitch existing in the world

So, dear friends, it is human to have both the entities within you

But they should not and never be your guide in this expedition

By Sneha S

Day After Surgical Strike, Govt Cut Down Army’s Disability Pensions

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As para-commandos slipped silently across the Line of Control (LoC) on September 28 on a perilous mission to punish anti-India jihadis and their Pakistani backers, the Government of India quietly put the finishing touches on a plan to slash disability pensions for injuries incurred in the line of duty.

On September 30, the day after India began celebrating the successful “surgical strikes”, the ministry of defence (MoD) issued a letter that dramatically reduced pensions for soldiers invalided out from the after being crippled by battle injuries, or by injuries directly attributable to hazardous military service.

It was just as well that the commandos returned without significant casualties. If a young soldier with severe injuries — what cold medical jargon terms “100 per cent disability” — from that operation had been invalided out from service, he would have found his monthly pension slashed from Rs 45,200 to just Rs 27,200 — down by Rs 18,000 a month.

The team leaders in the “surgical strikes”, majors with 10 years of service, have been hit even harder — with pension for 100 per cent disability slashed by over Rs 70,000 a month. Junior commissioned officers, the spine of the army, are also badly affected. Naib subedars with 26 years of service will find their 100 per cent disability pensions slashed by Rs 40,000 a month.

“Shocked is an understatement to describe what we feel,” said a top serving general. “Instead of joining us in celebrating the strikes, the MoD has stabbed us in the back.”

Two weeks later, as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) uses military images and the army’s intrepid cross-LoC raid as vote-catchers in four impending state elections, is filtering through the hierarchy that the slashing of disability pensions includes not just battle disability pensions, but also pensions for medical disabilities found to be attributable to, or aggravated by, military service. These include training accidents, including parachuting, respiratory ailments caused by long exposure to extreme altitudes, loss of digits/limbs due to frostbite, etc.

This bombshell has been lobbed onto the through a draft gazette notification dated September 30, issued ironically by the “Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare”. In this document, posted on the defence ministry website, the reduced rates are listed out in a paragraph titled: “Enhancement in rate of disability pension”.

It scraps a decade-old system that the Sixth Central Pay Commission (6th CPC) instituted in 2006. In that, disability pensions arising from battle injuries, or disabilities attributable to/aggravated by military service, were calculated on a “percentage basis”, related to the last pay drawn.

Now, for unspecified reasons, disability pensions will be calculated according to a far less generous “slab system” that existed earlier. The 7CPC has proposed, and the government accepted, that the earlier system be reinstated.

Adding insult to financial injury, civilians will continue to be paid pensions according to the earlier “percentage system”.

Until the September 30 notification, officers and soldiers who had suffered 100 per cent disability in battle were entitled disability pension that matched their last pay drawn. In addition, they would draw a “service component” of pension, which amounted to 50 per cent of their last pay drawn.

Under the new rules, which come into effect retrospectively from January 1, 2016, the “service component” remains unchanged, but a “slab system” has been introduced for disability pension, which is significantly lower than the percentage system — Rs 27,000 a month for officers, 17,000 for junior commissioned officers (JCOs), and Rs 12,000 for all other ranks (ORs).

A soldier with five years of service earns Rs 30,400 a month; 100 per cent disability pension would match that figure. In its place, he will now be entitled to a flat rate of Rs 12,000 a month. A major with 10 years of service earns Rs 98,300 a month. In place of that figure for 100 per cent disability, he will get just Rs 27,000 a month.

For lower disability percentages, disability pension is calculated on a pro-rata basis.

Besides battle casualties, most service-related disabilities are those categorised as “attributable to/aggravated by military service”. This too has been badly hit for the army.

According to the headquarter’s calculations, the new “slab system” would cause a loss of Rs 2,040 a month to a senior sepoy with 100 per cent disability, Rs 3,472 to a subedar, and Rs 6,855 per month to a lieutenant colonel.

Source: Business Standard

8 ways Age of Empire game depicts Indo-Pak relation

“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it” – D. Kimbro.

AOE, an addiction given to us guiltless humans by Microsoft teaches the most important life skill, to handle stress.  With more than 15 downs during engineering days, AOE helped me stay calm. Better time management, striking enemy at the right time and place are the other important lessons taught by AOE. In the wake of recent Indo- Pak fracas, AOE may again be beneficial in explaining the plot.  

8 Points similar between Indo- Pak relation and AOE

1. Broadly, India and Pakistan are like Persians and Vikings respectively.  If you know what I mean :P.

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2. Pak is still living in Feudal Age whereas India has researched for Imperial at its town center.

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3. Pakistan acts as an enemy which regularly send its army (militia) from dark age and after defeat realises that their army size was more than their civil population.

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4. Pak uses Petards (suicide bombers) which consume more resources than damaging other resources.

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5. Pak is an ally who pings all the time for resources and help. Quite Frustrating errrr !!!

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6. Pak is a player who never invests in University and wonders why despite having a large army he looses the game.

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7. The timorous Pak prefers archers over Paladins.

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8. Pak is quite a pro in blame game. Post-game, blaming its ally for not helping at the right time resulting in their loss is an inevitable rant.

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Here is the picture which depicts overall border situation:

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-Ravi Kumar,

Two Wars That Indian Army Won But We Bet You Didn’t Know About.

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The catastrophic year in Indian history, 1962 still serves as a stigma to our esteemed soldiers. Indian army was conquered by Chinese forces. It was the collapse of Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru’s Hindi- Chini Bhai Bhai foreign policy.

Having gained freedom from the British Raj, Indian democracy was facing its own challenges and the army was not fully prepared and equipped with ammunitions. Moreover, during the Indo-China war, the prime minister of India did not allow Indian Air Force to operate. Had it been so, the history that we hear today might have been different.

However, as Vic Johnson rightly said, “In life, there are no mistakes, only lessons”, this defeat served as a great teacher for India and founded the stone for upcoming victories. Significant changes were made in Indian Army to prepare India for future wars.

As is the pride of Indian army, it avenged its defeat in 1967. Here I enlist the details of two border skirmishes between India and China:

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The Nathu La Conflict:  Nathu La is a mountain pass in Himalayas where the Indian and Chinese border is separated only by 30 yards. Against the backdrop of Indo –Pak war of 1965, Chinese army warned Indian forces to vacate Nathu La Pass or face the consequences similar to 1962. Since border violations were common tactics used by Chinese army to instigate Indian forces, Indian state decided to fence the border from Nathu La to Sebu La (Sikkim). In 1967, when Indian army started the fencing work, Chinese Commissar arrived in India and requested Lt Col Rai Singh to stop laying down the wire which Lt Col out rightly declined.

After few minutes, Indian army heard a whistle originating from the Chinese side followed by a heavy gun fire. As the area was open, the Indian Army Personnel found it difficult to find a place to cover and prepare themselves. Within 10 minutes of fire, 70 Field Company and 18 Rajput suffered casualties and left Lt Col Rai Singh wounded.  Looking at the Chinese aggression, Indian Army opened fire.

Only now they were prepared..

Indian army had marked the places where Chinese bunkers were situated and guns were placed at strategic locations to maximize the retaliation. The fierce fire exchange continued for three days. By the time firing stopped, a strong message was delivered across the border with destruction of most of their bunkers and a death toll reaching 400. On 15th of September exchange of dead bodies took place in the presence of Sam Manekshaw.

It could had been a lesson for China that 1962 mistakes will not be repeated but as ignorant as it was, Chinese army planned yet another attack.

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The Cho La Conflict: After a humiliating and shocking defeat at Nathu La, the Chinese Army’s dream of suppressing India got shattered. On 1st October 1967, they attacked Indian army at Cho La pass. To their surprise, 7/11 GR and 10 JAK RIF stood firm and answered the Chinese firing with double magnitude. As a result, the Chinese Army lost 40 of their elite commandos. Once the Chinese army started to retreat, Indian Army ensured that there is no open fire on their retreating army as the severe damage was already done. By 10th of October, Chinese withdrew nearly about three kilometers away from the border to Kam Barracks which is one of the Chinese army locations.

Since then, Nathu La and Cho La passes are in control of India and China neither tried to raise its voice nor claimed these passes.

The end of the battle saw the Chinese Army leaving Sikkim after being defeated by Indian troops.

Final Casualties: By the time ceasefire was implemented, India had lost 88 of her brave soldiers and 163 were wounded. However, China suffered a huge loss with its 340 soldiers killed and 450 injured. Surprisingly, China never accepted the casualties.

Indian Army, as magnificent as it is, displayed great valor in the fight.  Though, all the soldiers will always be in our memories few who could be enlisted and played major role in giving a blow to the Chinese reputation and morale are:

  1. Brigadier MMS Bakshi– Awarded with MahaVir Chakra
  2. Lt Col Rai Singh– Awarded with Mahavir Chakra
  3. Captain Dagar– Awarded with Vir Chakra
  4. Major Harbhajan Singh– Awarded with MahaVir Chakra

Lance Naik Krishna Bahadur deserves special mention. Even after getting shot by a bullet he continued fighting till martyred by a machine- gun blast. Lt. Gen Sagat Singh refused to leave Nathu La. Naib Subedar Gyan Bahadur Limbu, Rifleman Devi Prasad Limbu, Havildar Tinjong Lama and Colonel KB Joshi are few of the others who will be always remembered.

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Effects of Nathu La and Cho La Skirmish on Chinese: The People’s Liberation Army was taught a good lesson and it was made clear to the Chinese Army and their political leaders that it is a difficult task to engage with the Indian Army in a one to one fight.

The Chinese Dragon was given the taste of fire from Indian Machine Guns.

The defeat of Chinese army was so humiliating that it never found a place in Chinese Print Media (Since Chinese print media is owned by government). China which was involved in cross-border skirmish and giving futile ultimatum to the Indian Army during the Indo-Pak war of 1965 did not dare to utter a single word during the Indo-Pak war of 1971, inspite of being against the formation of Bangladesh.

Few speculations suggest that mute stand of china is because of their opportunistic trait and chilling temperature of passes would cost them the lives of their soldiers.  However, if this were true, China would have given up on Aski Chin and never claimed Arunachal Pradesh as its territory.

The morale of Indian Army regained its peak after giving the dragon a lesson for their ultimatum given to the Indian forces in 1965.

After 1967 fight with China, India defeated Pakistan in 1971 and Sikkim became an Indian State in 1975. After Cho La and Nathu La incidents, India and China never engaged in any cross-border firing. In 1986, India granted statehood to Arunachal Pradesh which was claimed by China but administered by India. After this, the Chinese government proceeded to protest and later on military movements were seen in this sector but peace talks settled the issue. In 1993, India and China signed an agreement to ensure peace along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Today, India maintains the third largest active military and China the first largest military in the world and if they go for war then its impact can’t be imagined.

Saluting those who live a hard life to keep India safe.

#Jai Hind.

Written By Suraj K; Edited By Sneha S