The report that Parrikar is likely to launch media blitzkrieg against protesting veterans and that too after having gagged media over OROP issues, shows the Govt is under great pressure to counter its sagging image. It is evident that the protest at Jantar Mantar is having its desired effect. The Govt is not only worried about its image on the national scene but it is also becoming a laughing stock on the international scene. The stinging views on social media and the international media on veterans grievances is both disgusting and shameful.
The formation of UFESM by IESM (Satbir) has had a great all round impact despite all attempts by Jaichands prompted and supported by Govt. This movement must go on and add the following more points to pressurize the Govt:
(a) No compromise on OROP as hitherto demanded. This is an issue of honour and not necessarily of monetary gains.
(b) Agitate against 7 CPC's attempt to further denigrate the status and privileges of Defence Forces.
(c) Be spokespersons for the serving fraternity since they remain gagged due to service conditions. Establish a mechanism with serving fraternity to get all the feed-back and bring it to the notice of the Govt.
To all veteran leaders, sans Jaichands and petty minded, I request to strengthen the hands of IESM (Satbir) and UFESM at Jantar Mantar to counter Govt's moves to suppress the voice of veterans. The Jantar Mantar is gathering momentum and strength. If you can't support Jantar Mantar leadership, at least keep your mouth shut. Please do not be an obstacle in their way. You carry on with whatever you want to do --- submit, compromise or be bribed to issue statements in support of Govt --- but let Jantar Mantar do its splendid job it is doing.
I would also like to warn veteran leaders leading agitation at Jantar Mantar to be ready with the over-night swoop and taken to unknown destinations and be prosecuted under sedition charges. The second line of leaders must go on with the agitation. This second line leadership should be earmarked now.
Vtrn Ram Gulrajani
[Tri Services Veteran]