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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 1986, and I …

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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 …

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Arvind Mahajan burned the candle at both ends…

No one knows the late Col Arvind Mahajan better than Lt Gen SN Mehta, Commandant MCEME, Secunderabad. They were together in the Engineering College, during 1971-75, and after that they both got into the Radar stream in the Corps of EME. Given below is an obituary written by him:   I have been closely associated with Arvind since college days and thereafter in our service …

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JHALDIYAL FADED AWAY AS HE HAD LIVED ; WITH GRACE AND DIGNITY

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.  Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 65) Maj Gen (Retd) KB Jhaldiyal, AVSM left our world of mortals on 19th August 2012. His army career spanning over 35 years has many distinguished appointments, but he is remembered most for the two tenures which he did in …

OBITUARY : Lt Gen TRIPAT SINGH

Originally posted on 16 Jan 2011 : With profound grief we report the sad demise of Lt Gen (Retd) Tripat Singh who passed away this morning (16 Jan 2011) in New Delhi. Born on 08 Oct 1929 as the second son of Mr Sujan Singh who was the Head Master of the best known High School in Peshawar Cantt, the …