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  1. Smriti Irani, first woman minister to visit Siachen; will celebrate Raksha Bandhan with soldiers

Smriti Irani, first woman minister to visit Siachen; will celebrate Raksha Bandhan with soldiers

Textile Minister Smriti Irani will go to Siachen base camp to celebrate Raksha Bandhan with soldiers. This will be the first time when a woman minister will visit Siachen.

By: | Updated: August 11, 2016 12:53 PM
 MoS for Commerce Nirmala Sitharaman, MoS in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, and MoS in the Health Ministry Anupriya Patel will be also meeting soldiers. MoS for Commerce Nirmala Sitharaman, MoS in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, and MoS in the Health Ministry Anupriya Patel will be also meeting soldiers.

Textile Minister Smriti Irani will go to Siachen base camp to celebrate Raksha Bandhan with soldiers. Besides Irani, seven more women ministers in the Narendra Modi government will be visiting soldiers elsewhere that day. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti, Women and Child Welfare Minister Maneka Gandhi will visit borders areas and interact with the soldiers. MoS for Commerce Nirmala Sitharaman, MoS in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, and MoS in the Health Ministry Anupriya Patel will be also meeting soldiers.

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar said Irani will visit the Siachen Base Camp on August 18. The army will be asked to make arrangements for her visit on Raksha Bandhan, the festival that sees men vowing to protect their sisters. Soldiers at Siachen have seen visits by Prime Minister and defence ministers on special occasions but perhaps this will be the first time when a woman minister will visit Siachen. In 2014, PM Modi visited Siachen on Diwali and interacted with the soldiers. The visit comes amid a fresh debate over the army’s presence in Kashmir valley and escalated tension with Pakistan.

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    MOHIT GUPTA
    Aug 11, 2016 at 9:49 am
    The celebration shall be sponsored by Smt. Smriti Irani on her own, and not by the public of India...
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      Chander Parkash
      Aug 14, 2016 at 8:37 am
      drama bazi and Jumala bazi of Smt Smriti Irani
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        Chander Parkash
        Aug 13, 2016 at 7:08 am
        This govt lost the faith on soldiers and doing drama unnecessary . any one can hear this debate how soliders are used after retirement shame on cenetr govt.1. 7th Pay Panel Puts Police At Par With IAS, Soldiers Say 'Blatant Discrimination'PUBLISHED ON: AUGUST 7, 2016 | DURATION: 51 MIN, 54 SECXXOn We The People, we look at the 7th Pay Commission recommendations which puts police and forest service at par with IAS, leaving military out in the cold. How seriously should government pay attention to the disquiet within the military over pay disparities? Can it damage and rupture the larger military-civilian relationship? We also speak to chairman of the commission Justice AK Mathur. link is 2. Samuel's World For the Honour And Dignity of the SoldierFriday, 5 August 2016A MILITARY COUP IN INDIA?(Edited Version)Deepak Singapore Daily Pioneer (As edited by Samuel Dhar) Friday, 05 August 2016It’s a known fact that the military in India is simmering. If they are not given their due, there is likelihood of the proverbial, 'Reap what you Sow'.Whether our Government openly admits it or not, the recent aborted coup in Turkey has come as a shock and forced a reality check at home. It is but natural, for the political establishment, to wonder if such a turn of events can ever find resonance within our Armed Forces.The Turkish Armed Forces are the second largest within the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). It is a professional military — secular, well led, well trained and fully equipped for their role. Given that the modern Turkey as we now know, owes its birth to the intervention of its the then Chief, General Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, its history has a number of Military interventions.The details of the present unsuccessful coup in Turkey are scant and speculation abounds, regarding its motives and the reasons for its failure.The manner in which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his pro-Islamist party have responded, has raised many questions around the World.If the coup in Turkey was organised to prevent the secular fabric, binding the country, from being subverted, as some suggest, then its abject failure is a cause for concern. It raises grave doubts about the perceived secular outlook of the rank and file of the Armed Forces. Despite supporters of the President taking to the streets, the rebel elements of the Armed Forces should have been able to easily suppress the unarmed civilians and police on the streets of Accra. That they could not, shows that elements sympathetic to the Islamist cause within the forces sabotaged the planned coup. NATO and the West have much to worry about.In our context, analysts, have arrived at the same conclusion, though for differing reasons, that our Armed Forces will never indulge in such a treachery.A section believes that the Armed Forces are highly professional, extremely well disciplined, rooted in the ethos and traditions imbibed by our British masters, of the Military being totally apolitical, with total subservience to the civilian masters, the bureaucracy and the politicos.Some others, like Steven Wilkinson, who in his book, 'Army and Nation : The Military and Indian Democracy Since Independence', deals with this subject, and questions such a premise and points to the stan Army which comes from the same lineage and yet has a long history of interventions in domestic politics.Wilkinson is of the opinion that our Military rank and file, though seething with anger at the deliberate lowering of their status, vis-a-vis their civilian counterparts, has been de-fanged and “coup proofed” by a series of measures put in place by the bureaucracy and its political masters.As per Steven, the measures include a steep decline in its protocol precedence and perks, diversifying its ethnic composition and giving overriding powers to the civilian bureaucracy within the Ministry of Defence in every aspect of military functioning, including selection of senior ranks.In addition, large paramilitary forces under the Union Home Ministry have also been formed to “ring fence” the military and act as countervailing forces against it, if and when required.Finally, Steven suggests that the senior hierarchy has been made to remain mute and continue to toe the Government line through a well planned lure of post-retirement crumbs, such as an ambadorship here or a governorship there or a membership of the Armed Forces Tribunal.Both the above theories have merit. Given the divergent growth profiles of the Indian and stani Armies following independence, comparisons to the latter Army, however, have little relevance .One cannot also not lose sight of the fact that over the years, the Military, especially its leadership, have been keen votaries of our democratic process, keeping in mind that no Military has the ability to successfully run a vast country like India.In the above regard, the wisdom of the Military Br, which did much to keep our democracy stable and functional through trying times too, must be applauded, despite the utter lack of governance, near absence of political leadership, continued loot of treasury by crony capitalists and an almost non-existent criminal justice system over decades.Notwithstanding the above, it must be pointed out that neither traditions nor ethos, however deeply embedded, will ever be a reason enough to stop military intervention.That any Military can either be totally “ring fenced” or “coup proofed”, is akin to living in cuckoo land. The East India Company made just that mistake in 1857 with disastrous consequences for itself and those who served it. While we may prefer to call it our First War of independence, the spark that led to the conflagration was an angry Army, extremely upset at the manner of its treatment that felt slighted by Company officials and its own officers.We need to face the truth head on that the military is simmering for a number of reasons, too well known to bear repeion. That an erstwhile Service Chief was referred to by the esteemed Raksha Mantri as 'Chotey Loag'; that the Government could not be bothered to call the Service Chiefs and extend them the courtesy of explaining the reasons for their objections against the shabby treatment of the Military by the Govts approval of the 7th Central Pay Commission, speaks volumes of the arrogance of those in power.If the above was not enough, the Armed Forces continue to be hampered by serious shortages in manpower and critical equipment. the demands of the three Service Chiefs have fallen on nearly deaf years.All of the above coupled with the ongoing Hindutva thrust across the length and breadth of our Nation, has resulted in clear divisions within the ranks of all the three Armed Forces, from top to bottom. Indications also exist that all is not well in the relationship between the officers and the PBOR, with a section of the latter becoming critical of the officer cadre.The Government would do well to remember that angry men with guns , that too of the finest Defence Forces in the World, are dangerous.The Govt must also weigh-in the fact that there are three Army divisons deplo in close proximity of our Capital. The memory of the panic created in the Govt hierarchy, at the reported news of the move of mechanical columns of the Army towards the Capital from neighbouring Haryana, when Gen VK Singh was the COAS, is still fresh. The Defence Secretary had at that time been recalled from a foreign engagement. More telling was the fact that the Defence Minister was unable to summon up enough courage to personally speak to the Army Chief.Now we don't really want that, do we? The Government needs to take urgent corrective measures to uage this growing anger in the rank and file of the Defence Forces. It must recollect what the sage Chanakya said over 2,000 years ago, which remains relevant even today :“While the Magadha citizenry endeavours to make the State prosper and flourish, the Mauryan soldier guarantees that the State continues to exist!”The writer is a military veteran and consultant with the Observer Research Foundation_new linkis war widows not getting pension recently OROP court case filed in supereme court and govt has to reply with in 2 months past 1 years faujis are sitting in jantar mantar for OROP not the diluted one which govt gave . Mrs Smriti Irani dont waste COMMON PUBLIC money . they are real solider not the TV serial drama company character .ARMED FORCED VETERAN JAI HIND
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        1. Peter Peter
          Aug 11, 2016 at 2:51 pm
          She is AWESOME !
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            RAMASWAMY
            Aug 12, 2016 at 5:20 am
            enjoying at government expense. Mody's jhodi.
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              SANJIV
              Aug 11, 2016 at 3:44 pm
              YES NEXT PATHANCOT OF COURSE TO SHOW HOW CHAIWALLAH IS ENDANGERING THE SECURITY OF THE COUNTRY ! SHE WANTS TO WREAK VENGEANCE ON FEKU WHO HAS DEMOTED HER :''THE PATHANKOT DEBACLE ! THE CHAIWALLAH HAS NOT LEARNT THE LESSON ! VAJPAYEE & MODI !! YES ONLY MODI JI CAN ! ALSO VAJPAYEE JI COULD DO THAT THEN ! BUT THE CROWNING GLORY OF HIS HIMALAYAN BER WAS THAT MR.MUSHARAF WAS PUTTING HIS TROOPS ON THE HEIGHTS OF KARGIL WHEN MR.VAJPAYEE WAS LAYING WREATH AT THE LA MEMORIAL ! ACTUALLY WE HAVE TO LOCATE THOSE THREE SHEPHERDS WHO HAD GIVEN A HINT ON MAY 3RD ,1999 ABOUT THE OCCUPATION OF KARGIL BY THE S . BUT BY THAT TIME S HAD UPLOADED 120 TONNES OF BUILDING MATERIALS TO THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN AT A HEIGHT OF 12000 FEET AND BUILT A PAK FORT THERE ! THE BJP GOVT.SENT A PATROL PARTY ON 5TH (AFTER 2 DAYS !)OF ONLY 5 INDIAN SOLDIERS WHO WERE CAPTURED BY THE S AND MERCILESSLY TORTURED TO DEATH ! MIND YOU THE PATROL PARTY WAS SENT AFTER 2 DAYS , THAT TOO CONSISTING OF 5 JAWANS ! DISCRETION , AS FALSTAFF SAID , IN HENRY 4 PART 1 ,IS THE BETTER PART OF VALOUR ! THE INFILTRATION AND THE ATTACK BY THE S INTO KARGIL WERE LED BY NO LESS A PERSON THAN GENERAL ASHRAF RASHID .THE WAR TOOK PLACE BETWEEN MAY AND JULY 1999 .ON JULY 14, THE BJP LEADER AND INDIAN P.M. MR.VAJPAYEE ANNOUNCED COMPLETE EVICTION OF PAK INTRUDERS ! WE LOST MORE THAN 1000 BRAVE JAWANS DUE TO THE INDISCRETION OF THE BJP GOVT. ONLY BJP COULD HAVE !! THE CROWNING GLORY OF HIS HIMALAYAN BER OF THE BJP WAS THAT MR.MUSHARAF WAS PUTTING HIS TROOPS ON THE HEIGHTS OF KARGIL WHEN MR.VAJPAYEE WAS LAYING WREATH AT THE LA MEMORIAL ! MODI JI ??????????????''''''''??????????''
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