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Kudos to Dr. Javeed Nayeem’s article titled ‘Martyred & Quartered’ published by SOM just a day prior to Republic Day driving a message on Armed Forces war heroes and martyrs. I agree with what Dr. Javeed has to say. It is the duty of each Indian to honour those who laid down their lives for the country.

He also mentions Ex-Sergeant M.N. Subramani whom I happen to know from the days of my tenure as President / Commanding Officer, Air Force Selection Board, Mysore, between 1999-2001. Subramani joined the Air Force and not the Army as inadvertently mentioned by Dr. Javeed.

Ex-Sgt. Subramani has been doing yeoman service for ex-servicemen by getting quite a few retrograde State / Central Government policies changed for the betterment of ex-servicemen and widows of ex-Servicemen.

His contribution in getting the Sainik Aram Ghar named after Sqn. Ldr. A.B. Devaiah MVC, one such martyr from the armed forces, has been stellar. VeKare Ex-Servicemen Trust (VKET), an NGO promoted by Subramani has been quite active. His Trust’s suggestion to honour war heroes during Republic Day, which was done, must have been a satisfaction for all the ex-servicemen.

I request the District Administration and State authorities to review the proposal of establishing a grand War Memorial at Mysore, again a suggestion mooted by Subramani way back in 1999.

As a retired Armed Forces Officer, I am sure all the ex-servicemen will appreciate if the War Memorial comes up in this historic city, at a plot measuring 40’ x40’ earmarked opposite NCC, Group Headquarters Mysore.

— Gp. Capt. Ajay Dudeja (Retd.)

Courtesy: Star of Mysore

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