New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh met representatives of veterans protesting over non-implementation of the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme and assured them of his support here on Friday. “The minister said he will do his best in sorting out the issue,” spokesperson of the ex-servicemen front, Col. Anil Kaul (retd.) told. Maj. Gen. Satbir Singh (retd.) said they urged the home minister to keep the promise he made as BJP president.
“We urged him to keep the promise he made as BJP president. He said he will discuss the issue with the PM,” he said. The home minister had earlier this week met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and some Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh representatives over the issue. Friday was the 75th day of agitation by ex-servicemen over OROP at Jantar Mantar in the national capital.
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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat expressed his views on Indian Army’s preparation in his speech to RSS workers in Muzaffarpur in Bihar
Kiren Rijiju said if the Constitution permits, RSS can go ahead with its interference in military matters.
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh wants to re-mould the Indian State with a military which adheres to Hindutva, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has said.
This is the message that emerges from RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s speech to RSS workers in Muzaffarpur in Bihar that while the Army takes six to seven months to train its soldiers, the RSS can get its cadres ready for battle in two to three days, the CPI-M said.
“This remark has drawn widespread condemnation, with the main criticism being that the RSS chief had insulted the Indian army by claiming that the RSS can do a better job than the Army in training soldiers,” an editorial in the CPI-M journal “People’s Democracy,” said.
“While this criticism is valid, the intent of these remarks is much more serious,” it said. “The statement has revealed a vital aspect of the RSS outlook about the Army and the militarization of society.”
The editorial said: “What the RSS wants in the re-moulding of the Indian State is armed forces which adhere to Hindutva. For Bhagwat, the soldier in the Indian Army and the Swayamsevak of the RSS are on the same footing.
“Under the present Indian Constitution, such an integration of the Army and the RSS is not possible.
That is why, both the RSS clarification and the defence put out by (Minister of State for home) Kiren Rijiju makes this qualification that if the Constitution permits, the RSS can go ahead with its interference in military matters.
“The implication is ominous: a re-worked Constitution should enable this to happen.”