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REMEMBERING COL HARMEET DHOT, VSM

The untimely and sudden demise of Col HS Dhot on 10 Feb 2017 came as a body blow to us. He was the life and soul of the Chandigarh Tricity EME Officers’ association, and we have still not been able to come to terms with this ghastly event. Dhot was very appropriately named ‘Harmeet’ (it means, a friend of every …

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REMEMBERING JAGGI BRAR by Brig SS BRAR

Editor’s Note I doubt if there is a more daunting challenge for a soldier than to take off on a fighter aircraft to bomb and destroy an airfield in a well defended air force station in the enemy territory. Only those who have seen the pilots ‘scramble’ and then take off at an interval of a few seconds to join the formation can …

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GEN HANUT of PH : “Fakhr-e-Hind”

Only those who take leisurely, what others are taking seriously Can take seriously, what others are taking leisurely   An obituary that says it all A 12cm x 15cm insertion in multiple editions of the Times of India costs quite a packet. For a Regiment to shell out so much money for an officer who commanded the unit 44 years …

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A TRIBUTE TO KHUSHWANT SINGH BY COL SK KOHLI

Editor’s Note   It is well known that Khushwant ji did not believe in Heaven and Hell. Therefore, it would be inappropriate to say that he has left for his Celestial Abode. To borrow his own expression, one may state that he has ‘proceeded on a long road to nowhere’  and agnostics like him might meet him on that path …

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The Sibia I Knew by Brig Surinder Singh

Editor’s Note Col Saravjit S Sibia (XXIV Course, Kilo Squadron) was commissioned in the EME in Feb 1964. At the Academy some cadets are good at studies; and some are good in sports. Sibia was one of the few who excelled in both. He made a mark in Athletics and was an accomplished boxer. During service, he did well in …

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Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (The Universe is one Family)

Editor’s Note This piece has been written by a former Army Commander,Lt Gen Yogi Sharma, in the first person singular. It is a poignant story of his discovering his life partner in a distant land. Fifty-five years ago, when  communications were not as good as they are now, the step which they took to reach out to each other must have …

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A TRIBUTE TO AIR COMMODORE JASJIT SINGH by J Thomas

    Veteran Air Commodore Jasjit Singh, AVSM, VrC, VM passed away in New Delhi, recently. He was a well known Military Analyst, and did deep research on Air Power for the National Defense. A prolific writer, he has published several books and scores of papers for various journals and news papers. Veteran Wing Commander Joseph Thomas, VM introduced me to him in …

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REMEMBERING PITAJI

Maj Balwant Singh ji (1911-2004) whom we called Pitaji, passed away on 7 May 2004. One way of remembering him to insert a few pictures to recall how he brought up his four sons. And that is what we have done. The earliest picture we have is a portrait of Pitaji taken in Peshawar. It is undated, but it appears to have been …

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A TRIBUTE TO PROF PV INDIRESAN

  I joined IIT Delhi as a Post Graduate student in 1975, and that is where I first met Prof Indiresan. But even before he entered the class to address us, I had heard a lot about him. My younger brother, Brig Surinder Singh had been his student twice: first when he joined the first batch of IIT Delhi in …

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Jaspal Bhatti ko hansaana mushkil hi nahin, namumkin tha!

Our niece, Amarjeet Kaur, whom we call Ruby, is married to Rajvinder Klair, who is a first cousin of the Late Jaspal Bhatti (1955-2012) All inputs, by way of text and photographs for this article, have been provided by the  couple. * Fame preceded him. Long before the ‘baraat’ arrived at the residence of our uncle, Agyapal Singh in Sector …