From: Narinder Dhand
Sent: 05 September 2011 11:09
To: Brig Chander Kamboj
Subject: We faujis- as our Govt Treats us
When we look back at the British Rule in India, there are more woes than good words. Restricting our discussion on the fauji woes, here is an example how they looked after their soldiers even if they were from their enslaved colonies. Here is an example which I must share with all my friends. The document below has been given to me by one of my civilian friends. Sh Piara Lal my friend's Grandfather was in the Medical Corps of the British Indian Army during WWI.
For his distinguished services he was awarded JANGI INAM which included a certificate and a TWO LIVES PENSION of One POUND (Gold Souvenir duly packed in a equally decorated Thelli). Ever since 1914 he and later his son have been getting this Souvenir in Gold (12 gms value over Rs 30000/- as of date).
In 1965-66 The Crown invited him with family to UK for validictory ceremonies. The five member family went to UK and stayed for a month in Buckingham Palace as guests. Needless to mention that their entire expenditure was borne by UK High Commission ex Amritsar and back. Some of you are already familiar with some of Indians, the winners of Victoria Cross as to how they were honoured even by the ordinary UK Citizens on the roadsides/markets in UK.
Compare this with the treatment we soldiers are getting in INDIA, Our chief is being pushed around on his DOB issue, The so called supreme commander of the Indian Armed Forces refuses to meet the veterans. The babus donot miss a chance to malign the Army up to even declaring them physically unfit by carrying out survey of 750 persons, wonder if they sampled from active units or just a service unit located in Delhi.
As a veteran One will obviously look back and think why he took risks of my life at several occasion in the past, lucky to have survived through the air attacks and shelling in 1971 and also from the terrorists bullets during such operations. Most veterans are living today over their pension and terminal benefits, as otherwise our Government would have given their families with odd Rs 5 Lakhs and left them to live as paupers on public charity. It is high time God sends us another ANNA.
May God one day hear our prayers -- and grant us what we deserve as protectors of this Nation and the country.
Brig Narinder Dhand (Veteran)
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