Tuesday, 6 December 2011
Wednesday, 5 October 2011
Tuesday, 4 October 2011
Wednesday, 7 September 2011
The year was 1966 and our Mountain Battery was deployed at a forward location. There was also an Infantry Battalion ( I think it was 7th Komaon Bn) deployed close by.We often used to visit each others units and officers mess for some "gup-shup".
On 15th August 1966, on the eve of the Independence Day of India, we carried out the flag hoisting at our Battery location and as decided earlier proceeded to the Infantry Battalion for further celebration & lunch .
While approaching the battalion, we noticed that after the flag hoisting the Commanding Officer of the Battalion was addressing the troops. We heard him telling the men that "on this day our country got independence and we all became free". Since his speech was in Hindi, and he could not find appropriate word for "free"in Hindi, he announced loudly that "Aaj ke din hamara desh azaad ho gaya aur hum sab mufft ho gaye"
We all laughed including the troops, because "mufft" in Hindi/Urdu means free of cost.
Considering today's scenario, I think he was not much off the mark The army today is MUFFT as besides its main task of protecting the borders, it is called to perform all kinds of other duties too. Be it constructing bridge at Common Wealth Games, saving kids from bore holes or taking care of internal security including law & order problems.
Monday, 29 August 2011
But how all this happened? The answer is simple. Because a 74 year old soldier of the Indian army had set down on a hunger strike from 16th to 28th August morning, demanding the government to introduce a strong Ombudsman (Jan Lokpal Bill) to fight and eliminate the rampant corruption in the country. Whole country rose to his call, North to South, East to west and finally even the Government woke up from its slumber, agreeing to his demand. His name is Sepoy (Driver MT), Kishan Babu Rao Hazare, popularly known as Anna (elder brother) Hazare.
Friday, 26 August 2011
yesterday evening we carried out a candle march along with other residents of our colony. This was in support of the Anna Hazare's movement against corruption in India.
The march involved 5 Kms walk on the main road. There were over 300 people- mostly senior citizens over 65 years of age.-all carrying play cards and national flags, shouting slogans similar to what our earlier generation did during India's Independence movement in 1947 & before.
Though we all got tired by the end of the march, but no doubt every one was full of enthusiasm & patriotic spirit.
We wondered, when was the last time we had probably taken a National flag in hand & marched in a procession like this? Most of us did it during school days in 40s-50s.. We all felt, that India is awaken again & this time against corruption & bad politicians. Lets pray we succeed. JAI HIND
Tuesday, 9 August 2011
Sunday, 24 July 2011
Main: Alfa Bravo Charlie, have you sent all personal mails with last Courier over.
Monday, 27 June 2011
Picture below shows cleaning & massaging of animals: This was carried out daily after completion of a march. The animals are also checked for any injuries, checking of hooves, shoeing, etc if needed
Picture below is of self, en-route to the border area on the long range reconnaissance. Heavy snow
fall had already commenced
It was then that we heard some sound of an animal behind the rock. Cautiously, we approached the site with loaded rifles and found something quite unbelievable. There was a young bear cub sitting next to its mother and crying. The mother was dead, probably killed a few days ago. We could not determine the reason.
Picture below of the Fancy Dress team. The Battery Ram (mascot) is third from right and one of my dogs is on front left. The two persons dressed in ladies' Shalwar/ Kameez are men
Self with my dog -a Bhotia mountain breed. Its huge is size,love snow and high altitude A wonderful companion & watch dog
Friday, 17 June 2011
Tuesday, 14 June 2011
(Below is a photo of the Patient)
Below is a photo of the Forest belonging to the Forest Research Institute of India located just behind my house
Monday, 13 June 2011
Thus, given the extraordinarily short period of his reign, the theory that this grand length of road was built by Sher Shah Sur, seems fairly unlikely and does not really hold ground.
Thursday, 9 June 2011
In the year 1896, the
Picture below is of 3.7 Inch Howitzer Mountain Gun deployed in a snow bound operational location
( Me, the then Gun Position Officer (GPO) standing in the center)
The record time for dismantling or re-assembling a gun used to be between 45 to 50 seconds. The mules used to be known as “Mules MA” i.e. Mules Mountain Artillery, well built and much taller in comparison to "Mules GS" (General Service).
Like soldiers, the mules also had to under go vigorous training and therefore, their discipline and devotion to duty used to be unerring & beyond doubt; they were ready to serve, always and every where. The mules of each gun detachment would follow the lead mule (Mule No.1), maintaining their positions in sequence and once unloaded & the gun brought in action, they would remain completely still and silent.
The picture below shows my 2nd (Derajat) Mountain Battery (FF) moving to operational area in 1963
Tuesday, 7 June 2011
Here is a brief history of the 3rd Indian Mountain Battery.
From 1871 to February 1872, the
Below is a picture taken in 1883, where an Indian Mountain Battery is ready to move for action
Another photograph (below) is of an old 2.75 inch Mountain Gun
Friday, 3 June 2011
This premier Indian mountain battery was raised at Bannu in 1851 from the Sikh artillerymen following the second Sikh War of 1849. The
Before Second World War, the Mountain Batteries were equipped with various kinds of guns.The picture above shows a Mountain Battery in action with six of its 7 Pounder guns in ready position.