Friday, April 8, 2011

Veterans yearning for Justice must first fight Corruption

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Dear Colleagues,
Everyone can see a Tsunami of public support building up. The government will surely relent and cave in, but only after a lot of feet dragging. The IESM support is gathering pace too. On April 7, (till 6:00 pm) 235 ESM had visited the protest site. This is higher than the previous two days. We need to keep the flow going.
Best regards,
Lt Gen (Emeritus) Raj Kadyan, PVSM, AVSM, VSM
Chairman IESM

Dear Veterans
07 April, 2011 is the third day of fast of Veteran Anna Hazare. He is in good health and is steadfast in his resolve to continue till Govt agrees to the demands for an effective LokPal bill. Three social activist who were supporting veteran Anna Hazare and were also observing fast felt uncomfortable and their health deteriorated in Delhi heat. These social activist had to be hospitalised. The mood at the venue is upbeat and veteran Anna sahib is fighting fit for the long battle with the Government. It is understood that Government mediators are in contact with the team and are trying to find a solution. Hopefully a workable solution would be found soon. Veteran Anna Hazare has already refused to head the committee to be set up for drafting the bill. He has proved that he is a social activist in true sense and is not after any post or office. More than two hundred veterans have visited the IESM tent every day and signed their support for the cause.
Gp Capt VK Gandhi VSM
Gen Sec IESM
Vande Matram
In service of Indian Military Veterans
Chander Kamboj

Dear Veterans,
1. We have given our Blood to protect the Integrity and sovereignty of the Nation.
2. I don’t know if the country knows that 2 – 3 mortal remains of the martyr soldiers arrive at various Air Fields of the country everyday and 5000 soldiers are maimed and invalided out every year due to the serious injuries and other severe medical sufferings caused due to extreme and severe service conditions and operations.
3. The wealth of the Nation is being plundered away through the extreme terminal cancer of corruption in our country.
4. We therefore, decided to support and join India Against Corruption Campaign and the Veteran Anna Hazare’s Fast Unto Death.
5. All veterans are requested to visit Jantar Mantar wearing Regimental caps any time of the day and mark your presence by signing in a Register placed at Indian Ex – Servicemen Movement (IESM) enclosure just west of Annas Manch. No one should stay back. Come one Come all and support Anti Corruption Campaign.
JAN LOKPAL BILL must be passed by the parliament at the earliest to set the ball rolling to end corruption in our country. Don’t miss the date. “All those who wish to take part in one days relay fast to please give the name and the date to the staff at IESM enclosure at Jantar Mantar or through email/ SMS/ Phone to Gen Secy Gp Capt V K Gandhi (Email:, Tele no 01204313951; Mobile 09810541222) “Ham Ne to Wadie Gurbat Me Kadam Rakha Tha, To door Tak Madrie Vatan Ayee Thi Samjhane Ko” (S. Bhagat Singh)
6. “JAN LOKPAL BILL LAANAA HAI, BHARASHTACHAR MITAANA HAI” With Regards, Jai Hind Yours Sincerely, Maj Gen (Retd) Satbir Singh, SM Vice Chairman, IESM Mob : 9312404269,0124 – 4110570 Email :,

Dear Chander,
A small write up is attached. May I request this on the RMS and all other affiliated groups. Chhikara Brig RS Chhikara, Secy Gen, Netaji Subhash Foundation Trust and a devoted member of IESM IS IT OUR DEMOCRACY THAT IS TO BLAME FOR THE SORRY STATE OF INDIA?
I have been witnessing the revolution at Jantar Mantar since yesterday and have listened to responses on TV debates. The Executive and the legislature are worried about losing what they consider their rights and their exclusive space. One basic premise of their responses runs as follows:
We are a democracy with a constitution and nothing can be done or even attempted out side the constitutional frame work. Legislative, Judiciary and Executive alone can make laws, change the constitution, adjudicate constitutional disputes until it is amended and execute laws through procedures and rules laid down by the executive. Civil Society and the citizen at large have no locus standi in decision making once they have sent their pseudo representatives to the legislature.
The following beg serious consideration.
  • Whose constitution is it? Is it of WE THE PEOPLE or is it of we the legislature?
  • Who is the sovereign? The Citizen or the MP/ MLA or the PM/ Cabinet?
  • Does the legislature indeed represent the majority as should be the case in a democracy? Most Win with 15 to 20% of total votes cast.
  • Do the voting citizen have any say in selecting candidates? Does he have a real choice of selecting? Parties allot tickets through an opaque mechanism.
  • Is the elected legislator free to work in the best interest of those who he pretends to represent? Or is he subservient to Party whip or his own political interest?
  • What recourse does the voting community have to correct an errant legislator who manages to get elected on promises he is neither sincere about nor capable of working for?
  • Does he have the right to recall?
  • Does our democracy enable citizens to get laws they wish passed? Is referendum not their right especially when his interests are obviously at variance from those of the elected legislators?
  • Are we not stake holders in our own governance in a democracy ‘of the people for the people and by the people’? People as in the public and as in the Civil Society.
  • Our legislature has a vested interest in Corruption and power of patronage. Are they our patrons or are they our servants? The question reverts to who is sovereign he or we?
    Anna’s agitation as it is being termed is only the starting point for getting answers to these very basic questions in the public mind. It can not stop here because the root causes of the maladies of mis- governance and corruption lie, not in the lok Pal Bill not being in position. It lies with our Electoral System, with our Party System indeed with our democracy. The politician has to find his rightful place as a servant of society who must work for the common good of the majority and for the maximum good of the nation. His own survival (Not his best political interest) must be co terminus with the best interest of the people of India. To that end this movement must aim at rectification of our democratic system. The constitution is sacrosanct only so far as it serves the interest of the people who have adopted it for themselves. A stage of despair and frustration has reached the stage where People don’t give a damn for being called a Democracy. They would rather exchange it with good governance with or without the falce glory of being called the largest democracy in the world.
    Long Live Veteran Anna Hazare
    Long Live Veteran Solidarity with Anna.
    Veterans need to support the Second War of Independence from Corrupt Rule.
    Comment: If one answers all the above questions sincerely then one deduces that our Democracy is a Fake and a Farce. Even Banana Republics fair better!
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