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Hindustan Times
New Delhi, January 26, 2013
First Published: 00:18 IST(26/1/2013)
Last Updated: 00:20 IST(26/1/2013)

Our armed forces are losing the battle for recognition, salaries
Barkha Dutt's article Their lives on line (Third Eye, January 19) rightly exposes political class's hypocrisy vis-à-vis our armed forces. The travails that our armed personnel and their families suffer in the name of compensation and pension are a shame for us as a nation. It is a matter of pride for the United States, that of its 44 presidents, many have served in the military in either the Army, Navy, National Guard or the Reserves. To bridge the growing distance between the military and the political class in our country, our politicians like US President Barack Obama need to be routinely on the ground along the Line of Control and be briefed about the problems that our jawans face on the border. 
Aftab Ahmed, via email

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Time and again, the media has highlighted the plight of our jawans and their families who face State apathy and neglect. We must keep up the momentum for action that we have gained in the wake of recent skirmishes along the LoC. We must call for greater recognition and respect in our government policies - be it in terms of their salary structures, defence procurement or their deployment in civilian operations. Everything possible must be done to streamline the way they operate and lead their lives.
Roopa Srinivasan, via email

A bumpy road ahead for Rajnath
This refers to the editorial It's a crown of thorns (Our Take, January 24). The inglorious exit of Nitin Gadkari and the sudden election of Rajnath Singh to the post of BJP president do not augur well for the party. As pointed out by senior party leader LK Advani, the new party president has to work hard to prove that the BJP is a party with a difference and not a party with differences. Singh must step up to the plate to rein in factionalism within the BJP because the journey to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections will be a bumpy one.
Gautam Chandra, via email

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