2. Sunday, 25 July 2010 was a memorable day as it witnessed a heart warming 1000 strong gathering assembled at the Rashtriya Sainika Smaraka, Bangalore, to pay their Homage to the Martyrs. The whole place was elegantly & colorfully decorated with flowers & flower pots to suit the solemn occasion. The gathering comprised:
(a) 250 Officers, JCOs & OR from the MEG & Centre, Bangalore.
(b) 150 Officers, JCOs & OR from the ASC Centre, Bangalore.
(c) 150 Officers, JCOs & OR from the CMP Centre, Bangalore.
(d) 100 Officers, JCOs & OR from the Pioneer Corps Centre, Bangalore.
(e) 100 Officers, JCOs & OR from the Parachute Regiment Trg Centre, Bangalore.
(f) 50 Officers, JCOs & OR from 515 Army Base Wksp, EME, Bangalore.
(g) 25 Officers & Seamen of the Navy from Naval Project, Bangalore.
(h) 250 Gaurav Senani (Veterans) comprising Officers, JCOs, NCOs & Sepoys, proudly wearing on their chests, their medals of gallantry and distinguished & meritorious service.
3. At 9.30 AM on Sunday, 25 July 2010, Shri Ananth Kumar, Hon’ble MP (Lok Sabha), Shri Rajeev Chandrasekar,Hon’ble MP (Rajya Sabha), Capt Ganesh Karnik, Hon’ble MLC and Shri Chi Na Ramu, Chairman, Reservation Research Committee, paid homage to the brave Soldiers, Sailors & Airmen who had laid down their lives in defence of the Motherland, by laying a wreath at the base of the Statue of the Unknown soldier. As they stood up and saluted, the Buglers from the CMP sounded the last post; and, the entire gathering responded by standing at ‘attention’ and saluting the Statue of the Unknown Soldier. It was a solemn moment and a poignant scene.
4. The commemoration ceremony was followed by a meeting and the following dignitaries spoke:
(a) Air Cmde MK Chandrasekhar. He on behalf of all Veterans thanked and expressed his gratitude to Shri BS Yeddyurappa, the Hon’ble Chief Minister and to the Govt. of Karnataka for undertaking the construction of the prestigious Rashtriya Sainika Smaraka (National Military Memorial) at a prime location; and said that the Rashtriya Sainika Smaraka when completed would be a cynosure and a precursor for more such Military Memorials to come up in other States, all over the Country.
(b) Shri Ananth Kumar, Hon’ble MP (Lok Sabha). He said that the Rashtriya Sainika Smaraka at Bangalore, would be a fitting tribute to the sacrifices of Soldiers, Sailors & Airmen who had laid down their lives in Defence of the Motherland; and said that the area of National Military Memorial Park would be greener than Cubbon Park or the Lal Bagh. He said that the Rashtriya Sainika Smaraka would be inaugurated on 16 Dec 2010; and if not, then on 26 Jan 2011.
(c) Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Hon’ble MP ( Rajya Sabha). He too, thanked the Hon’ble Chief Minister and the Govt. of Karnataka for undertaking the construction of the Rashtriya Sainika Smaraka; and thus sending out a clear message that the sacrifices of Soldiers, Sailors & Airmen shall not go in vain; and that their memory shall be preserved for posterity.
(d) Shri Rohit J Nair, Chairman, Bangalore Patriots Society. He said that the Rashtriya Sainika Smaraka, when completed, would be a pilgrimage centre to people from all walks of life; and would instill a spirit of sacrifice in our young men & women; and would greatly motivate the Youth in taking pride in the Army, Navy & Air Force and in joining them.
(e) Mrs Subhasini Vasanth, w/o late Col Vasanth, Ashok Chakra. She said that she was indeed touched & moved to see such a large number of serving soldiers and Ex-Servicemen paying Homage to the Martyrs; and the sentiments expressed by other dignitaries.
(f) Veterans, Admiral OS Dawson, PVSM, AVSM, former Chief of Naval Staff, Air Marshal DG King Lee, PVSM, AVSM and Lt Gen NSI Narahari, PVSM also spoke on the occasion and thanked the Hon’ble Chief Minister and the Govt of Karnataka for their laudable effort in constructing the Rashtriya Sainika Smaraka at Bangalore, in memory of the brave soldiers.
5. In conclusion, the 1000 strong gathering was hosted ‘High Tea’, kind courtesy, Flags of Honour Foundation; and thus the proceedings of the morning came to an end.
Kargil Diwas musical nite RSI Bangalore
6. Kind courtesy, Brig AK Pradhan, SM, Commander Karnataka & Kerala Sub-Area, Officers & their families were treated to a solemn musical at RSI in the evening of Sunday, 25 July 2010. Miss Superrna Sankaran, (grand daughter of IC-3800 Col GS Viswanath, The Bombay Sappers), won the hearts of all present by singing in her melodious voice; especially Vande Maataram and Mere Vatan ke logo. The curtains came down with the singing of Jana Gana Mana
IESM Convenor, Karnataka
Letters from IESM members
Dear Col Rajan Dai,
We need many in this country like Col S S Rajan Dai for doing such an excellent conduct of A to Z activities of any event at any time 'cos presently it appears that there is only one and only one Col S S Rajan Dai, my course mate, bosom friend and room mate who is so meticulous, dedicated organiser, inspiring administrator and motivator. He has earned full respect not only from entire dignitaries of State Govt , Defence units and all ESM but also from ESM all over India & abroad by working day and night for up keeping the name of the organisation for taking care of all welfare measures of ESM. keep it up Dai. We all are indeed proud of you.
Lt Col B M Thapa, Veteran
General Secretary, Dehradun Ex-Services League
Member of IESM
My dear Col Rajan,
Heartiest Congratulations for precise co-ordination of the solemn Kargil Diwas function, at Bangalore. It was a good show. Our Warm Felicitations to the Organisers, Flags Of Honour Foundation and K & K Sub Area, as well.
Col Nitteguthu Sharath Bhandary
Dear Col Rajan,
Your efforts have generated positive support from the Karnataka Government for the causes of ESM. A synergic boost indeed for the IESM!!
Best wishes for all your endeavours.
Col Sushil Chilimbi