From: Ranjit Rai email@example.com
Sent: 08 August 2010 22:17
To: Kamboj Chander; Gen Satbir Singh, SM
Cc: Air Marshal Kuldip Rai
Subject: Re: VERY FIRST INPUT ON DD PROGRAMME ON VETERANS OF 08 AUG 10 - "REPORT MY SIGNAL" - EMAIL 351/2010 - (H to Z-2) - 08 AUG 2010 (USA CT)
The show was good for the cause of the retired and those who will retire, and showed the UPA is insensitive to the retired and Ashok Mehta did quip 'now you are retired'.
Agree with Raghubir Singh.
Those who saw the programme nationally must have been moved. It was heartening to see IESL and IESM speak in one voice and both were forceful and forthright.
Satbir was spirited and gathered all issues. AM Rai did explain ECHS challenges well ........
In the beginning Gen Mehta was condescending using words like the PERCEIVED GRIEVANCES and UNDEMOCRATIC MEANS of returning Medals and signing in blood on issue of OROP. I liked Satbir respond and raise the plight of PBOR with pension figures (less than a peon today), avoiding officers issues.
The only jar was Satbir calling Mehta Sir a few times as if he is still his boss....we must get out of Ji Hazooor ...he was there as an anchor in civvies in a paid job and glad in the end he admitted to the need to look in to issues.
(Cmde Ranjit Rai, Vice President Indian Maritime Foundation, New Delhi)