published on October 23, 2008

Dear Members of the Media  

“RAJ vs raj “  

In the last three days two same-name individuals have been in the news. One is Mr RAJ THACKEREY, the MNS chief. Defying the Constitution and involved in pursuing parochial interests of one State over the Union of India, accused of inciting passions leading to loss of life and destruction of property this RAJ has been attracting full page coverage in the mainstream media.


The other is Lt Gen Raj Kadyan, Chairman of Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement. Leading Ex servicemen in a pre-announced, silent and peaceful hunger strike on 20 October 2008 to highlight the demands of over two million retired military pensioners, he along with 200 Ex Servicemen that included 12 ladies, were illegally muscled into police vans and taken to the police station to be detained. The incident took place in the heart of New Delhi but attracted almost zero media coverage. Where are our priorities?”


1.  We the Veteran Defence Forces Personnel appeal to our worthy members of the Press to kindly cover the events of our Movement extensively. The people of the country need to be informed about the illtreatment of their Military by the Govt.  All members of the media were given the prior information about the Relay Hunger Strike by the Military Veterans at the Lawns of India Gate where our only memorial Amar Jawan Jyoti exists.  Except Head Lines Today and NDTV, no other member of the media was there to cover this the important event of national interest.  The morale of the Defence Forces Personnel both serving and veterans has been     undermined by their degradation and down gradation of status, respects, self esteem and emoluments.  

2.   Lt Gen Raj Kadyan had written to the Home Minister regardingour planned Relay Hunger Strike five weeks before the event with copies to the Hon’ble Prime Minister and Defence Minister.  This action of the Govt is highly deplorable wherein Senior Defence Officers and ladies were arrested for sitting on peaceful Relay Hunger Strike.  This is probably the 1st time in the History of India the Govt has treated its Defence Personnel so shabbily.  

3.   This action of the Govt needs to be condemned Nation wide.  We appeal to the media to publicize this unholy and illegal action of the Govt.  Let the people of India hold the Govt of India accountable for this action.  The least the Govt should do is to appologise for this action and immediately allow the Ex Servicemen to hold peaceful and disciplined Hunger Strike at India Gate Lawns a place very sacred to them.  

4.   We request you to kindly play your rightful role as a strong pillar of democracy in India.   You are requested to kindly take up this issue in your paper/TV Channel.  

Jai Hind  

With Kind Regards,  

Yours Sincerely,  

Maj Gen Satbir Singh, SM

Vice Chairman Indian ESM Movement (IESM)

Mobile: 9312404269, 0124-4110570

Email: [email protected]

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