Throughout the history of Independent India, our country has faced many threats and challenges both external and internal. Through all these years and these challenges, the men and women of our armed forces and their families have consistently and unflinchingly defended and protected our country and its people - selflessly and completely. The Armed forces today remain the most professional group of people committed to our country. The retired veterans of the forces have long been given a raw deal and treated indifferently by the bureaucratic and political establishment - treating them thus in times of peace and often rushing to them in times of crisis. The veterans have recently broken their many years of dignified silence and started voicing their demand for Pride and Dignity in various issues including the issue of One Rank One Pension (OROP). Rajeev Chandrasekhar has vigourously pursued this with Government and met many times the Prime Minister, Defence Minister. Many in the media have written in support of this well. This is not an demand for money. This is a request for dignity and Pride - principles that have been eroded away by many years of callous bureaucrats and politicians. But principles that are dear to the men and women of the armed forces. Recently the veterans decided to surrender their medals as a sign of their protest- for a veteran his or her medals are the most precious symbols of his or her years of service.
Military Veterans plea for One Rank One Pension
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