Our Soldiers: Treat them better, They deserve better

        It is no secret that   members of our military and para military forces are dealt with contempt by legislators, and bureaucracy at all levels.

      Their living conditions in the field are difficult at best and terrible most of the time. Officers and men are away for long periods from their families, and find it difficult to discharge their responsibilities. Their families are left to fend for themselves. The days when the district administration could be approached to support have gone. Local dadas forcibly occupy land and houses of service men, who are not around to protect their property. District administration is callous for they cannot pay bribes, Legislators could not care less for  their votes do not count.

      Men spend hardly 2/3 years out of ten in peace stations, which also may be a 1000 miles away from their village. In peace stations houses are not available,  Children find it difficult to get admissions to good schools. Who will look after ailing parents, and take them to a hospital?

     Why don’t the courts ask the government why are there fratricides? Why are there desertions? Why are the service conditions so terrible?


HC for strict action against errant jawans

Harish V Nair harish.nair@hindustantimes.com


ACTION Allows bosses of paramilitary forces to take action against those who feign sickness to take leaves THE PETITIONER, TOOK LEAVE ON THE GROUND THAT HE NEEDED TREAT- MENT AFTER HE WAS POSTED TO TRIPURA

     The Delhi high court has taken serious view of tendency among security personnel to feign sickness or exaggerate minor illness to avoid working in difficult areas including the country’s border.

The court has supported the decision of paramilitary forces to take strictest disciplinary action against such personnel.

“We must highlight that all cases of unauthorised absence or desertion being brought before us pertained to when battalions of CRPF or BSF are transferred to hard areas and it surprises us that when stationed at peace places, no officer of CRPF or BSF complains of sickness“, said the court.

The bench headed by justice Pradeep Nandrajog said this dismissing a petition by a CRPF head constable Digambar Singh challenging compulsory retirement for “unauthorised absence“ of one year and two months after he was posted to Tripura by exaggerating an eye ailment.

“Not a single case of desertion, or unauthorised absence, out of over 350 decided by us till today pertains to a jawan posted in a peace station“, the court said.

CRPF told the court that it could not afford to be lenient on such personnel as “if it is overlooked, it would breed insubordination because jawans would not obey commands of the superiors to report back“.

Pointing out that this would also encourage deviant behaviour in other personnel, CRPF said personnel are sent on leave by rotation and where one jawan overstays leave, he does so at the cost to some others.

Digambar, while posted in Delhi in 1995, had an eye ailment.
He took the long leave on the ground that he needed treatment at AIIMS after he was transferred to Tripura.

“Petitioner did not have any certificate that he was unfit for duties except for a period of 3 weeks, while hospitalised at a CRPF hospital, where he was in OPD. This shows he was in his house“, said the court.

“A first class eye treatment may not be available at Tripura but his request for transfer to Delhi or Chandigarh is a surprise. If at all he required periodic visits to AIIMS, the alternative of sanctioning medical leave for short durations would also have been considered as an alternative“, the bench said .

Rejecting Digambar’s contention that the punishment given was “harsh“, the bench said original penalty of removal from service had been reduced to compulsory retirement with benefits of pension and gratuity which meant that the he has been granted due recognition to receive pensionary benefits.

Ahmadiyyas: India must protect

       India is a country where  citizens can practice any religion, and has proved a haven for those distressed over the centuries, whether Jews or Parsis. Tibetans are welcome with their Dalai Lama. Gurus and Sufi saints are venerated. India should not be cowed down by bigoted  fanatics of any hue who threaten religious freedom of its citizens.

Ahmadiyyas have a right to practice religion according to their precepts.

Minority commission should be applauded for their stand.




       They proudly claim to be Muslims but are laughed off by mainstream Islam as “fakes“. The dispute goes beyond mere ridicule. From Pakistan to Indonesia, the Ahmadiyyas are often killed for believing in their own line of subordinate prophets after Mohammed. Now, as they try to assert themselves in India, the sect’s very birthplace, a conflict looks likely.

     In Delhi’s Constitution Club last month, a Quran exhibition held by the Ahmadiyyas had to be called off because of shrill protests from Jama Masjid Imam Ahmed Bukhari and an All-India Muslim Personal Law Board member.

      Yet the Ahmadiyyas -a minority within minority -believe if there is a place to thrive, it is India. “This is one of the few countries where we have the same rights as others,“ Syed Tanveer, the spokesperson for Ahamiddya Muslim Jamaat, told HT from Qadian, Punjab. Backing them is the National Commission for Minorities, which is now examining if Bukhari and All-India Muslim Personal Law Board member Kamal Farooqui attempted to curb the Ahmadiyyas’ religious freedom.

     Bukhari and his brother Yahya, among others, were briefly arrested on September 24 for disrupting the exhibition.

     Politically, the Ahmadiyyas are seeking legitimacy from Congress MP Pratap Singh Bajwa, who represents in their religious nerve-centre ­ Qadian in Gurdaspur. “Bajwa had judged us well and found us to be law-abiding. That’s why he supports us,“ Tanveer said.

     Minority watchdog chief Wajahat Habibullah said: “An attack on the religious freedom of Ahmaddiyas clearly falls under our jurisdiction.“

     Despite the proposed intervention, the Ahmadiyyas are unlikely to find acceptability because of a worldwide fatwa (edict) against them.

      “The commission has to serve notices to 150 million Muslims of India who will never allow Ahmadiyyas to call themselves Muslims,“ Bukhari said.

Habibullah is facing attacks for visiting the Quran exhibition.

       The conflict could escalate in India, where the Ahmadiyyas want to spread themselves.

       Muslims generally believe there can be no prophets after Mohammed. The Ahmadiyyas have their own TV station in the UK, where their “caliph“ lives in exile.