Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Retired Army Officer seeks PRESIDENT's permission to end his life on OROP

Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 03:19:34 +0000

Subject: Request from the Supreme Commander

Lt Col Ravi Shankar Tripathi (Retd)
H-14, Shakarpur,
Delhi 110092.

The Supreme Commander of All Three Forces of India,
The President of India
Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi


Dear Sir, 
I am a retired army Officer with a spotless service of 25 years. I have been watching the promises and more promises of our endless leaders since 1982 and even the present  Prime Ministers since Nov 2013 regarding payment of One Rank One Pension. The parliament has passed it and even the Hon'able Supreme Court has upheld it. But still no govt has translated their promises into action. 

You being our Supreme commander, I am writing this to you. I have given up any hope from any govt of this country and feel ashamed when I see my brothers of the age of 80-85 years old sitting on fast at Jantar Mantar for the last 36 days. You will appreciate that this agitation has been totally peaceful despite all the provocations. May be that is precisely the reason that nothing is moving at the govt's end. But at the same time I can never allow my brother ESM to take recourse to violence, as all soldiers love their country more than any one. I will never allow my brothers in active service to break the sacred thread of democratic traditions. Some head of the country said “You guard the national boundary and I will guard your welfare”, but in INDIA it is a different story. 

I find myself a failure towards my brothers in and out of the Armed Forces. I am losing the desire to live. As I can not even fight with the powers that be at the helms of affairs as any violent fight with them may cause irreparable loss to my country. I also can not tolerate my countrymen saying that,  if  a Prime Minister cannot keep the promise given to soldiers of his country what promise he can keep to the Nation. 
I am sure you will agree that if a soldier cannot live with dignity at least he should be allowed to die with dignity

In view of the above, I kindly request for your permission to end my life as it has become unbearable for me to live any more. 

Anyway, the date, place and time will be informed once a positive reply is received from The Supreme Commander.

best regards
Lt Col RS Tripathi
Mob- 9311152224


Hon'ble President of India,

We are a national magazine for Indian armed forces espousing the cause of veterans and sainiks in mainstream media space called FAUJI INDIA.

We have received a forwarded letter of Lt Col RS Tripathi who has written to you seeking your permission to end his life on the hopeless scenario of OROP, you being the supreme commander of forces.

We request you to please communicate to this magazine your position to his request that would be published in response to his letter to you.

The same letter is appended below highlighted for your reference.

SIr, we look forward to your response at the earliest.

Jai Hind!

Capt Prasoon Kumar, Veteran

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  1. Probably that is why no one takes us seriously.

  2. THE INDIAN mod follows old colonial rules where brave dogs and horses who give dedicated service to the army are put to death . The babus apply the same principal to the retired ranks and officers with pension as pittance and medical negligable . The death rate of jawans jcos , officers compared to the bandicoot babus explains it all. The politicians are controlled by the clever babus and the president or pm couldnot care less whether one old veteren dies or kills himself . IN a colonial set up the supreme cdr of the armed forces is duty bound to listen to the council of minsters who are pulled by their noses by the wicked babus