The rally at Jantar Mantar was a huge success. It was heart-warming to have 6,500 veterans and 105 families participating from 16 States. The determination to carry on the struggle till our demands – fronted by ‘one rank one pension’ – were met was easily visible on bronzed faces from largely rural India.
An additional 3800 medals were voluntarily deposited. A party of 13 veterans thereafter proceeded to Rashtrapati Bhavan. Since the President was not available to receive the medals in person, these were brought back while the memorandum carrying several thousand signatures in blood was handed over to the staff.
Lt Gen (Emeritus) Raj Kadyan,PVSM,AVSM,VSM