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india Updated: Jul 01, 2013 23:18 IST

The brave men who sacrifice their lives for others deserve better

The editorial Treat them with great honour (Our Take, June 29) rightly states that part of our duty as a nation should be to see that our soldiers do not remain unsung heroes.

At a time when our politicians are busy milking the tragedy in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand for political mileage, the armed forces have done the country proud by diligently doing their duty and continuing rescue operations despite harsh weather.

However, it is tragic that soldiers in our country are a neglected lot and their contribution is only remembered during a crisis like the one we are facing in Uttarakhand.

It is high time the government addressed their long-standing pay and pension grievances and other problems that they face off the field.

Arunava Datta Mazoomder, Delhi


It is a matter of honour for countries like the US that their armed forces instill a feeling of patriotic pride among their citizens.

But in India, appallingly, several retired army personnel and war widows are compelled to run from pillar to post to claim their dues from the government and thus making the forces look like a less attractive career option for youth.

Ashok Goswami, Mumbai

Give a gift of a lifetime

With reference to the report Donate: gift a life (June 30), it is appalling that even as India is making rapid strides in the development of science and technology, people in our country are reluctant to pledge their organs for donation due to a lack of awareness and the social stigma associated with the cause.

Besides increasing awareness about organ transplantation and donation among the masses, the government must simplify the process of organ donation and reduce the bureaucratic hurdles involved.

GK Arora, via email