Dear Colleagues, The rally at Jantar Mantar was a huge success. It was heart-warming to have 6,500 veterans and 105 families participating from 16 States. The determination to carry on the struggle till our demands – fronted by ‘one rank one pension’ – were met was easily visible on bronzed faces from largely rural India. The 3 km march around Connaught Place area was extremely well disciplined and orderly. The slogans stressing our demands in booming soldierly voice and the large number of placards left little doubt on what we are seeking. An additional 3800 medals were voluntarily deposited. A party of 13 veterans thereafter proceeded to Rashtrapati Bhavan. Since the President was not available to receive the medals in person, these were brought back while the memorandum carrying several thousand signatures in blood was handed over to the staff. Best regards, Lt Gen (Emeritus) Raj Kadyan,PVSM,AVSM,VSM Chairman IESM
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