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Bara Khana Limerick

Cribbing is a part of everyday life in every organization – a healthy way for people to let off steam. It often prevents pent up emotions from being vented in a more dangerous or harmful manner. We have all grown up in service listening to humorous satirical ditties, songs and skits by Jawans at Bara Khanas. In one’s experience, these have been good natured attempts at pulling the legs of officers and JCOs. They are tongue in cheek efforts to put across a point, request or complaint that can’t probably be raised in more formal fora like the Sainik Sammelan. They are generally witty, very entertaining and full of earthy humour – and they rarely miss the point. One expected something similar when a file titled Barakhana_Limerick landed as an email … Read entire article »

Filed under: Military, Regimental spirit, Traditions, Welfare

Rebuttal to a half baked post

One of the crosses that institutions like the Armed Forces bear in ensuring our country remains a thriving democracy is to receive potshots from every Tom, Dick and Harry (or Harriet). People with a lot of passion, but little understanding of issues at hand beyond what they read in the newspapers or see on television, become self appointed activists. Perhaps in their imaginations they are valiant crusaders fighting for the underdogs, brightening up their otherwise dreary lives by vicarious pleasures form the comfort of their armchairs. Normally one tends to ignore such stupidities. But once in a while one doses feel obliged to respond. Particularly since the organization itself does very little to counter such slurs to its reputation. The result of one such instance is the comment below on one … Read entire article »

Filed under: Law and Order, Military, Terrorism