A picture is worth a thousand words. Even the Oxford dictionary has conceded as much by admitting the emoji “tears of joy” as the first ever “pic-ord” which sums up the prevailing worldwide emotion of relief at even small mercies. This emoji must have resonated with the 10 million employees and pensioners of the Union […]Read More Sarkari pay: Too much love
It is just as well that Finance Minister Jaitley was away in Turkey rapping with the G20 about “India’s strong fiscal fundamentals”, even as a small part of that fiscal stability was compromised, with nothing much gained, except possibly 20 million votes that the armed forces represent. Faujis (armed forces) deserve better but not this […]Read More Retired Generals win OROP: will the tail of pensions now wag the dog?
Abandoned Faujis Delhi. Fauji veterans agitate, unsuccessfully thus far, for implementing the One Rank One Pension principle. This is a promise, unadvisedly made to them, by both the previous and the present government. They boycott the celebrations commemorating the 1965 war. Even those who fought to win that war stay away effectively devaluing the event. […]Read More Indian angst
photo credit: ex-servicemenwelfare.blogspot.com Ex-servicemen are angry that their attractively titled demand — one rank, one pension — is not being implemented by the government. OROP as a “brand” is a huge communication success, hitting all the right buttons — simplicity, easy comprehension and being evocative of equity. It is not surprising therefore that Prime Minister […]Read More Soothe gussa fauji pensioners
(photo credit:www.webmd.com) It’s final now. The run of good luck PM Modi enjoyed has tapered off. The monsoon is likely to be deficient by 12%. This would be the second year in a row. True, agriculture only accounts for around 15% of the economy and didn’t grow much last year either. But when you target […]Read More Navigating India’s “perfect storm”