Editor's Desk


One Rank One Pension (OROP) has been notified by the government and, without doubt, it’s a landmark development. After all, this is an ex-servicemen’s demand, supported by serving soldiers and officers, that goes back perhaps 40 years. Let us start with the strongest argument for OROP. Military personnel typically do not serve as long as their civilian counterparts. Owing to the steep pyramidal structure of promotions in the armed forces, the bulk of soldiers retire between the ages of 38 and 40, while most officers have to retire at 54.Read More

Jantar Mantar Se


The chairman of the ex-servicemen movement, Maj Gen(Retd) Satbir Singh, who’s been spearheading the soldiers’ fight for the implementation of One Rank One Pension has revealed that the Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley had told them the BJP’s poll promises to soldiers were just electioneering tactics and ‘never meant to be honoured.’ “We told him that the OROP had only one definition. It had only one calculation. It had only one implication. We reminded him that this was in their election manifesto. To which he said, ‘You see General, all the assurances that politicians give during elections are not meant to be executed.’ What a shameful thing for him to say in front of ten of us. If a responsible minister says this then I have no faith in the political system.”Read More

OROP Update

OROP Test Section



With near-incident-free Test flights so far, the safety standards of Tejas can be compared to the best in the business. India’s own fighter aircraft has come off age. Time to cross the final hurdle and begin induction! Organisers of Bahrain International Air Show (BIAS-2016) should be thanking India for all the attention they are getting Continue Reading..