Kargil heroes remembered

“The victory ten years ago is a reminder to the youth, that one should serve the country by joining the armed services. There is nothing like life in the Indian Army, Air-Force and Navy. The joy it gives you is incomparable,” said Colonel (Retd) S S Rajan, the first ex-serviceman to be nominated to the Karnataka Legislative Council. Colonel Rajan represented Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa as the latter could not make it to the event.


Congress leader slammed

Later, Col Rajan said a statement allegedly made by Congress MP Rasheed Alvi in New Delhi a few days ago that, Kargil heroes were BJP heroes is an utter disregard to the armed forces. “The UPA-Congress led government has neglected the Kargil war heroes. It is a matter of national shame that political leaders have stooped to such a level,” said Col Rajan.

BJP leader and Bangalore South Member of Parliament, Ananth Kumar and ABIDe convener Rajeev Chandrashekhar also laid wreaths at the memorial. However, serving officials from the Ministry of Defence (Mod) and the three services were conspicuous by their absence. But, MoD sources told Deccan Herald that no official invitation was received from the IESM to attend the ceremony. Ex-servicemen such as Cdr Ravi Pathak from Pune, Wng Cmdr Ravi Mani from Belgaum, Col Suresh Bathani from Mysore and Cdr Karthick Subramaniam from Chennai were present.

Elsewhere in the City, the Rashtreeya Premi Gelayara Balaga also paid homage to Kargil martyrs, near the Ragigudda Anjaneyaswamy temple at Jayanagar.

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