2LT ARUN KHETARPAL, PVC

LT ARUN KHETARPAL , PVC  17 HORSE

Battle Of Basantar, Shakargarh Sector 
16 December 1971

Seated inside the cramped Famagusta, his Centurion battle tank named after a port in Cyprus, 2nd Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal is watching with narrowed eyes the enemy tanks before him. Most of them are wrecked and burning, the flames filling the sky with billowing grey smoke. He is trying to judge the trajectory of the shot his gunner has just fired. He will know if it has hit home because the moment a tank is hit the Pakistanis raise their gun and run out. Their religion forbids them a death by burning.

TOOFANIS

Indo - China War 1962. Burn the Toofanis! - a story from 1962.
How the Indian Air Force came close to destroying eight of its own Jet fighters during the 1962 war. The first ever attempted "Scorched Earth" order in history based on the recollections of Air Marshal Trilochan Singh.
It was the 19th of November 1962, with Indian forces in full retreat in the ongoing war. The Chinese were inside Indian territory and fast approaching Tezpur, with just the Brahmaputra crossing keeping them at bay. The chinese were literally at the foothills on the himalayas - and within 50 km from AFS Tezpur. If the chinese had managed to push their offensive and reached Tezpur, it would have had a catastrophic impact to morale. Tezpur town was a flurry of activity with formations moving out, and civilians in a panic. 

CALLING-ON

THE FORGOTTEN ART OF CALLING ON
By Col Neil John, SM
       Sitting at home on leave got me thinking about how many a time in our lives we just come to a point where you feel saturated ... devoid of ideas ... and in the process lethargic ... the resistance to change here becomes distinct to a point that our psyche breeds negativity and a thought process which is definitely not progressive .... it's easy to point out the reason for this feeling ... too much time in solitude and monotony ... especially in professions and appointments  that need you to be constantly on the move.

MATHAI

MATHAI'S "SHE" TRUTH 
FULL ARTICLE: M.O. Mathai's "SHE"
  (This article has been reproduced from the following site sent by one of our readers as such its authenticity may still be a question mark and we take no responsibility of the same:-   
https://groups.google.com/forum/m/#!topic/soc.culture.indian/U9b0jJdpzrw  )
       This article has a short but important history. It was written on June 23, 1977 by no less a person than M.O. Mathai. He was then Indian Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru's private secretary. Mathai was an intelligent and competent man from south India, a Catholic by religion like many south Indians, and quite courageous to have written the two well-known books: (1) Reminiscences of the Nehru Age, and, (2) My Days with Nehru, where he has, for the first time, divulged many secrets of the high and the mighty of the Nehru years.
However, the article that our readers are going to read, was not an ordinary article of a descriptive nature. It has many references to Mathai's personal interaction with one 

MIRROR

TRUE MIRROR FOR INDIANS
            By Dr. David Frawley, (American Institute of Vedic Studies, New Mexico, U..S.A.)
A defeatist tendency exists in the psyche of modern Indians perhaps unparalleled in any other country today. An inner conflict bordering on a civil war rages in the minds of the country's elite. The main effort of its cultural leaders appears to be to pull the country down or remake it in a foreign image, as if little Indian and certainly nothing Hindu was worthy of preserving or even reforming.

NAVAL-WIFE

*When Wife speaks husband must listen, But when a Fauji wife speaks World must listen.*

It was 35th NDA get together at NDA when Mrs Sangeeta, wife of Cdr Asheet Malik , 72 year, Veteran, spoke and what a speech it was ---👇
                  Hello Every One   ------->>
I am Sangeeta, wife of your course mate Asheet Malik.  I stand here having been requested to say a few words about my journey in the Navy by none other than the prime organizer of the 35th Course golden Jubilee get-together Sartaj Sassoon.  Thank you very much Sartaj for asking me to speak. And Dubby where are you? Raise your hand please.  I must ask you to explain the reason for your suggesting my name to Sartaj and calling up and insisting that I must speak. Thank You Dubby nevertheless.  It isn't easy to say no to you.  

HINDUs

LETS BE HINDUS 
A Hindu Swami to talk. A Hindu temple for its background. A crowded hall of a Hindu audience, and the subject for discussion. " Let Us Be Hindus." Strange! It sounds like a ridiculous paradox and a meaningless contradiction. I can very well see that you are surprised at the audacity of this sadhu (swami)!
It has become a new fashion with the educated Hindu to turn up his nose and sneer in contempt at the very mention of his religion in any discussion. Personally, I too belong in my sympathies to these critics of our religion. But when this thoughtless team begins to declare that we would benefit ourselves socially and nationally by running away from our sacred religion, I pause to reconsider my own stand.

FD-MARSHAL

*A DRINK WITH A FIELD MARSHAL.*
  A Sam Bahadur story, penned by an unknown merchant banker, pulled out of the archives... ❤

Two and a half decades ago I was a merchant banker, a stint in my career which probably gave me some of my most memorable moments. But the cherry on top of that very motley cake was when I was asked to be present at the press and brokers' conferences to launch a certain company's maiden public issue. Not that these conferences were unusual, one was perpetually in and out of them those days: but this was out of the ordinary, for the Chairman of the host company would be present himself, and the worthy was no less than Field Marshal Sam Maneckshaw.

DEEP-STATE

THE DEEP STATE IN THE MOD IS AGAINST MODI
(THE SERPENT IS UNDER THE CARPET)
                          By PG Kamath
 Our PM and the countrymen must be made aware of the game being played by the bureaucracy that has grown to be a "committed bureaucracy", as committed to the dynasty as Indira Gandhi wanted it when she wanted a committed bureaucracy.

Since the time the NDA took over in mid-2014, I was wondering as to why the rightist government is framing policies against its own armed forces?  The volleys against the armed forces have been unabated.  There have been three RMs in four tenures and all of them were being played around by the bureaucrats in the MOD like the play dough in the hands of a pre-school child.

TIPU SULTAN

TIPU SULTAN
Excerpts from Tipu's letters as researched by the distinguished Kerala historian K. M. Panicker, which he reviewed in the Bhasha Poshini magazine, August 1923:

1. Letter dated March 22, 1788, to Abdul Kadir: "Over 12,000 Hindus were honoured with Islam. There were many Namboodri Brahmins among them. This achievement should be widely publicised among the Hindus. Then the local Hindus should be brought before you and converted to Islam. No Namboodri Brahmin should be spared. "

100 EXCEL TIPS

A List of Top 100 Excel Tips and Tricks You need to Learn this Year to Increase your Productivity in No Time

SOLDIER - WHO HAS FAILED HIM

WHO HAS FAILED THE SOLDIERS?

The Supreme Court's verdict on the petition of 700 odd soldiers and officers was out on 30th Nov. They had petitioned that they be protected from prosecution by law in case of collateral deaths in disturbed areas where they are deployed in counter insurgency operations. If you are dealing with an opponent who is wielding the gun and fires at you, or has an intention of firing it with an intention to kill, there is no option left with a soldier expect to fire back to protect his life. The Insurgency is never a clean operation, where the battle lines are neatly defined and drawn.

WHO OWNS DELHI ?

IS DELHI OWNED BY NEHRU FAMILY

This is a killer missile from Preet K S Bedi on FBGoing from Rajghat to the airport in Delhi? That’s easy.Having ruminated over the havoc one rogue sperm can cause after seeing the samadhis of Nehru, Indira, Rajiv and Sanjay Gandhi, head southwards.

KARTARPUR - A BRIDGE TOO FAR

A Bridge Too Far?
Kartarpur corridor beckons, but Vajpayee’s attempt at Lahore bus service was similarly pregnant with possibility .   By  Vivek Katju (Times of India 28-Nov-2018)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has imparted an extraordinarily hopeful, if not transformative, dimension to the India-Pakistan decision to develop the Kartarpur Sahib corridor. In recalling the fall of the Berlin wall and invoking the blessings of Guru Nanak to make the corridor a ‘bridge between the two peoples’, Modi has made it far more than a means to enable the Indian Sikh community to regularly visit one of its most important places of worship.

AYODHYA KI KAHANI अयोध्या की कहानी

अयोध्या की कहानी जिसे पढ़कर आप रो पड़ेंगे!!!!!!!

कृपया इस लेख को पढ़ें, तथा प्रत्येक हिन्दू मित्रों को अधिक से अधिक शेयर करें।

जब बाबर दिल्ली की गद्दी पर आसीन हुआ उस समय जन्म भूमि सिद्ध महात्मा श्यामनन्द जी महाराज के अधिकार क्षेत्र में थी। महात्मा श्यामनन्द की ख्याति सुन कर ख्वाजा कजल अब्बास मूसा आशिकान अयोध्या आये ।  महात्मा जी के शिष्य बनकर ख्वाजा कजल अब्बास मूसा ने योग और सिद्धियाँ प्राप्त कर ली और उनका नाम भी महात्मा श्यामनन्द के ख्यातिप्राप्त शिष्यों में लिया जाने लगा।  ये सुनकर जलालशाह नाम का एक फकीर भी 


DEDUCTIONS - INCOME TAX FOR FIN YR 2018-19

Deductions under section 80C to 80 U of Income Tax Act 1961 AY 2019-20 | Deductions from gross total financial gain beneath section 80 C to 80 U of tax Act 1961 With Automated Arrears Relief Calculator U/s 89(1) with Form 10E for F.Y.2018-19 [Relevant for Assessment Year 2019-20/Financial Year 2018-19 as projected by Finance Bill 2018]
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Relevant deductions from gross total financial gain beneath section eighty C to eighty U [Chapter VI-A] of tax square measure given below: FY 2018-19


HARMED FORCES - BY 7 CPC

Despite the 7th Pay Commission's award which gave 33 lakh government servants and 14 lakh defence personnel (with 54 lakh retirees and 18 lakh veterans) salary and pension hikes from August 1, 2016, defence forces personnel and veterans have been angry. Independent Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar is a member of Parliament's Standing Committee on Defence and tells Nalin Mehta why he thinks armed forces have been treated unfairly and why this matters:

What are the armed forces' problems with the 7th Pay Commission award?


SARDAR VALLABHBHAI PATEL - THE IRON MAN

 Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

Date of Birth: 31 October 1875
Place of Birth: Nadiad, Bombay Presidency (present day Gujarat)
Parents: Zaverbhai Patel (father) and Ladbai (mother)
Spouse: Jhaverba
Children: Maniben Patel, Dahyabhai Patel
Education: N. K. High school, Petlad; Inns of Court, London, England
Association: Indian National Congress
Movement: Indian Independence Struggle                     (READ FULL WRITE UP CLICK BELOW)

ARMISTICE - END OF WW-1

 ARMISTICE DAY - 2018
11 November, 2018 marks one hundred years since the Armistice was declared to end World War-1 (then called the 'Great War' ), Though much has happened in our world since the Armistice, that day remains a significant marker in the history of ever-truculent mankind, in modern times.
Two articles written about this momentous event by a distinguished soldier are 


ADMIRAL AWATI - A TRIBUTE

MANU AWATI - YOUNG MAN AND THE SEA 
 By Srikant Kesnur
Below is the tribute I wrote to VAdm Manu Awati, last year, on his 90th birthday. Remember, this was before the successful Navika Sagar Parikrama - another one of his pioneering initiatives and another feather in his cap. The accompanying photograph was taken by my wife Padmaja, in INHS Asvini, last month. It's possibly one of his portait photographs. He looks so very dapper and handsome. Kindly read on, about the legend, if interested. It has been such a beautiful journey. 
Srikant Kesnur
04 November 18

Manohar Prahlad Awati is a legend in the Indian Navy and, arguably, across the entire military fraternity. A retired Vice Admiral who hung his uniform in 1983, he continues to be an awe inspiring figure and a sterling example 34 years later. Today, 07 Sep 2017, as he celebrates his 90th birthday, is a welcome occasion to raise a toast to one of the icons of our times.

DEFENCE UNDER MODI

Is Modi Repeating Nehru's Mistakes
That Cost Us The 1962 Indo-China War
By C Uday Bhaskar 20 Oct 2018
    For those Indians who lived through that period, 20 October 1962 will remain etched as a day of deep national humiliation.A direct threat to India's territorial integrity found the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and the national security apex in Delhi floundering against a concerted Chinese military aggression in the Indian north-east that could not be countered.
A month later in November, after the fall of Bomdila (now in Arunachal Pradesh) PM Nehru spoke in anguish and reached out to " our countrymen in Assam, to whom our heart goes out at this moment ."
This was seen as a case of abject surrender and it is a different matter that the Chinese troops withdrew unilaterally after administering a 'lesson' to India. It was a costly lesson, for it is estimated that the total number of Indian Army personnel killed, wounded, missing or captured is almost 10,000.

SPIRITUALITY AND RELIGION

SPIRITUALITY AND RELIGION - NO CONFUSION
People often ask me this, "Why Spirituality?"Well, the answer is quite simple. But before we attempt to answer that, we must know the meaning of the term Spirituality and Being Spiritual.This again is very simple. What we have been doing is to confuse spirituality with religion and rituals. We think that everything that resembles religion may also be connected to Spirituality. Well, friends, Spirituality includes religion but religion does not encapsulate Spirituality. I will explain.

HYDERABAD - HISTORICAL NARRATIVE

A wonderful account of historical narrative that preceded Police Action on Hyderabad:

The Story of an Era Told without ILL WILL by MKK Nair:

"On April 30, 1948, Indian Army withdrew fully from Hyderabad. After that, Rizvi and the Razakars began to behave licentiously all over the state. Mountbatten had left and Rajaji was the Governor General. Nehru, Rajaji and Patel were all aware of the dangerous situation prevailing in Hyderabad. Patel believed that the army should be sent to put an end to the Nizam's wantonness. At about that time, the Nizam had sent an emissary to Pakistan and transferred a large sum of money from his Government account in London to Pakistan. At a cabinet meeting, Patel had described these things and demanded that army be sent to end the terror-regime in Hyderabad. Nehru who usually spoke calmly, peacefully and with international etiquette, spoke losing his composure, 'You are a total communalist.  I will never accept your recommendation.'

STATUE OF UNITY - WORTH A VISIT

STATUE OF UNITY 
The Statue of Unity is a tribute to the Iron Man of India in recognition of his role to unify India into what it is today rather than 565 independent states under Maharajas which the Britishers intended to leave for us. The Statue is located near Bharuch down stream of Narmada river over looking the Sardar Dam. It is to soon become a place of International tourism where a visit is worth the journey and effort.


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DEGRADATION OF THE PRESTIGE OF ARMED FORCES

  IZZAT OF THE ARMED FORCES -LETTING DOWN THE SOLDIER  - By Maj Gen Mrinal Suman

Diwali is around the corner and with it the nation would hear of the Prime Minister and Defence minister visiting army units and celebrating the occasion with them. They would address troops, join them for tea and announce that they are doing their share for procurement of weapons and their welfare.