Saturday, January 9, 2010

Plight of an Indian Soldier - Part II

DJ, who regularly comments on my blog articles had these incidents to narrate to me about why it sometimes feels that Indians in general and the bureaucracy specifically does not care about our Armed Forces. The best that we do is give 'Lip Service' about how they are the pride of our eyes, and even this comes out only in the week when we find that some of our bravest men have laid down their lives for OUR FREEDOM & SECURITY...then its back to a Normal Life and I don't care a damn attitude....

Shall we call it an Indian Shame?

Date: 2 Oct 09, Scene: Flood relief activities (Karnataka, India)

1. Mr X in the Administration gets a call to help the Indian Air Force. It's 10 pm, His Son offers to drive to the Air Force base. Mr X needs more assistance. So he calls his senior officer. He says he's drunk and can't help!! (I find him useless at his job in the administration department. I got an alternative career plan for him; graze donkeys). With limited resources they managed to do a good job. We return home at 3 am. Next day, Mr X asks a subordinate to stay back late night to work with the armed forces. The uxorious moron says his wife has asked him to get back home by 6 in the evening; they got to attend a wedding reception. And he promptly leaves at 4!! (why not become a 'house-husband'??)

2. And while the army was at Bijapur, helping the victims, the district administration made no arrangements for their food! The apathy of the administration is baffling. The few in the administration who worked for relief hardly slept in days. The others always slept. I wished water flooded the houses of the apathetic officers 'neck-deep' and they were stranded without food, sanitation,sleep ...for days and were afflicted by the diseases the flood-hit people feared...(I know, I couldn't have got more evil.. but...). The armed forces provided every possible aid, as they always do. When they need help from the civil services, it's really sad that the administration shirks from its responsibility.

3. Later, an Air Force personnel was telling Mr X that his baggage was stolen by a civilian driver assisting them...How sick can it get!

4. A captain who had broken his leg (while playing basket ball) told me that the medical facilities provided by the government were abysmal. He had to take a transfer to private hospital.

Someone who would not think before laying down his life to save you, deserves much better...

Thanks DJ for sharing these thoughts
Earlier Article - Plight of an Indian Soldier

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