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Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat of Garhwal Rifles who laid down his precious life while fighting the Chinese Army alongwith his two compatriots in 1962, Indo China war is an outstanding example of exemplary patriotism, bravery and fearlessness who single handedly fought hundreds of Chinese soldiers, exploded their post and martyred himself after the incessant 72 hours colossal fight.

Even after nearly fifty years of his martydom, surprisingly, as a mark of reverence to this great valiant soldier who was posthumously awarded the second higest award of the land MAHAVIR CHAKRA , late Jaswant Singh, now promoted as Major, even after death is served bed tea at 4.30 early morning, breakfast at nine and dinner at 7 in the evening. About five soldiers of the Indian Army have been permanentally deputed in his service at the Tawang post, Arunachal near Indo China border post on 24×7 basis.

His bed is arranged, boots polished with exclusive shine and neat and clean uniform ironed regularly. Though he has passed away in 1962 but his exemplary sacrifice has been a source of immense inspiration to the Armymen and officers at the border post. Rifleman Jaswant Singh was in Garhwal Rifles of Indian Army who was martyred in 1962 in the war of Nurarang at Indo China border after bravely and intelligently fighting the huge Chinese brigade and clandestinely going near the Chinese post under heavy risk to throw the hand granade inside the post killings good number of Chinese soldiers who’d created havoc on the Indian side by their bombardment and incessant firings.

He was deputed near the turn of the Sela Top Road. The ruthless Chinese attacked his Post repeatedly but Rifleman Jaswant Singh never left the post and continued fighting the enemy soldiers valiantly. Courageous Jaswant Singh and his colleagues Lans Nayak Gopal Singh Gusain and Trilok Singh Negi planned to destroy the Chinese bunker from where they were firing incessantly and killing Indian soldiers. All the three while cladestinely amid firing reached the Chinese bunker and threw a powerful grenade inside compelleing the Chinese soldiers emerge out of the bunker.

They killed them with their Rifles butts, fighting them physically and also firing on them. All the three in the melee physically brought the Chinese machine gun to the Indian  Side and turned its direction towards the Chinese soldiers killings hundreds of enemy troopers and destroying everything on the Chinese side. After leaving the battle field the Chinese who were in large numbers again fired on the post manned by Rifleman Jaswant Singh but he being alone bravely continued to fight the Chinese for 72 hours continuously finally succumbing to the bullet. It is said that when he found himself under the Chinese capture, he fired a bullet on his tample and died.

There is a saying that despite being asked to turn back by his seniors Rifleman Jaswant Singh disobeyed the orders and continued to look after the post single handedly. He was helped and assisted there by two local girls Saila and Nura. However, a man dealing with ferrying Ration to the post revealed to the Chinese about Rifleman Rawat being alone in the post as rest of the soldiers had either died or left the post.

On hearing this the Chinese who earlier thought that there were a huge batallion there, starting firing on the post. The Chinese were so angry and furious with Jaswant Singh who caused so much of casualties and killed Chinese soldiers single handedly that they chopped his head and took it to China. The Chinese commander and the government however was so inspired of the exemplary bravery of Rifle Jaswant Singh that after the ceasefire the Chinese side made a bronze statue of Rifleman Jaswant Singh and presented it to the Indian government with a request that he should be accorded the highest honour of the land for his outstanding bravery.

Today the same statue has been converted into his memoir where Armymen offer prayers and laud his tales of bravery. The place where Rifleman Jaswant Rawat had fought war with the Chinese and killed hundreds of them has now been converted into the temple where the armymen, senior officers and the general public offer prayer. He even after his martyrdom gets regular promotion and increments at par with other soldiers who are alive and on line of duty. He got promotions posthumosly and is designated with the Major post. He was awarded the highest coveted award for his outstanding bravery the Mahavir Chakra and two of his associates Trilok Singh Negi and Gopal Singh Gusain Vir Chakras. In the above picture Jaswant Singh is seated in the middle. His old aged mother just died last year. Salutes to this great soldier who just at his youth laid down his precious life for the nation.

SUNIL NEGI

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INTERVIEW WITH AJAY TAMTA, MOS, TEXTILES

Forty four year old union minister of state for textiles Ajay Tamta was a single new comer in Modi’s cabinet representing entire Uttarakhand when about a year and a half ago he was picked (up) by the prime minister Narendra Modi, surprising one and all, especially the three former chief ministers of Uttarakhand, who are now MPs and were very much aspiring to be the union ministers from the hill quota, finally finding their all hopes crushed with a bang. Though new at the centre, this former MLA and minister in Major General Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri’s cabinet twice in UK, dalit leader and popular MP from Almora reserve, Ajay Tamta is doing extremely well active in his constitency, entire Uttarakhand, in the state elections of Gujarat and Himachal, in facebook and twitter praising Modi’s policies, actions, foreign visits and every single official pronouncements. Tamta recently, ( in the month of October) accompanied President Ramnath Kovind in his first overseas 5 day visit of two African nations Djibouti and Ethiopia on the recommendation on prime minister Modi. This speaks of the fact about his being in the good books of the prime minister.

While his senior minister for textiles Smriti Irani remains more entangled and pre occupied in the ministry of I& B its he, Ajay Tamta who concentrates more n more in the ministerial works as well, to fill that void by sharing the larger responsibilities of his Textile ministry. Soft spoken, affable, well read and sharp, Tamta answers questions posed to him with quite ease and confidence. Taking immense interest in the research and innovative works of his ministry in handloom development Ajay Tamta has taken a special initiative to make adequate, constructive and positive use of pine tree needles that are found in abundance in Uttarakhand, for first extracting terpentine oil from them and later on using the waste residue to produce fine quality paper type designer bags for carrying stuffs which is disposable like paper bags and extremely environmental friendly. In Uttarakhand pine needles naturally come down on the land from pine trees and are in myriad quantity.

If unused they not only make the land slippery and barren completely blocking cultivation but also play the combustible role of petrol during jungle fires thus resulting in damaging vast tracts of jungles. Ajay Tamta’s innovative initiative has not only led to rightful use of these otherwise useless needles which will further give employment to local populace but will also help in earning monetory profits out of this venture. Answering a question pertaining to his ministry’s contribution in the development of the himalayan state, Ajay Tamta revealed that a sum of Rupees 5 crores has already been sanctioned by the textile ministry for setting up of a textile factory at Dinapani in Almora, Uttarakhand that will produce fine cloth from the natural fibre. About fifty naali land for the proposed project has already been acquired and about 200 local personels would be given employment in this industrial unit.

The minister said – after assuming the charge as minister I came to know that the clothes prepared from the threads of leelam and raimy are highly expensive, high in demand but the raw material for the same has to be imported from Belgiam. Since then he made up his mind to get the raw material manufactured within the country. He discussed the possibilities with the scientists of Pant Nagar Agricultural University, Vivekanand Agricultural Research Centre, Almora and Research institutes of Pratapgarh etc.

As asked by the scientists we got the seeds of leelan and raimy produced first and then planted their trees (plants). The agricultural scientists were finally succesful in retrieving 5.5 quintal of fibres from these sources. This is a huge break through and the time is not far when this succesful achievement/ experment would be replicated elsewhere in Uttarakhand and all over India. Praising the policies and the leadership of prime minister India, Narendra Modi Ajay Tamta said that time is not far when India will be a global leader as Modi’s efforts and diplomacy on International scenerio has started showing positve results especially in the context of China who had to finally back track on Doklam issue and the world’s mighty super power USA unshakingly standing with India.

He congratulated the Uttarakhand government for initiating various new pro people initiatives and hope that people initiatives of the state would be positively benefitted in the health, education and the employment sector, the basic requirements of the people for which the state of Utarakhand actually came into existence after so much of sacrifices.

SUNIL NEGI

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Cancer is the major threat to the mankind. Due to the deskbound lifestyle and ecological imbalance in the natural environment; WHO has estimated that, the number of cancer cases in India is rising at a startling rate. It is notable that there are 7 lakh people die due to cancer every year in India. 10 lakh of new cancer cases are diagnosed every year. It is estimated that the death toll would rise to 8.8 lakh with 17.3 lakh of cases diagnosed by the year 2020. The situation might get worse if remained unchecked.

Thus, the Ministry of Public Health along with the Indian Council of Medical Research is scheduling to open up 49 new cancer treatment centers all over the nation. The full-fledged plan will be discussed at the Prime Minister’s Office soon. According to the plan, the current 600 radiotherapy machines will be increased to 775 in the coming three years however, the number would still not be able to meet the demands of the WHO’s estimated requirement which is of 1200 radiotherapy machines across India. The budget of the project requires 3495 crore INR. The project is reported to be implemented in the phased scheme for duration of three years.

It is reported that the new cancer centers will be an addition to the previously functioning 31 cancer centers. It is noteworthy that these 31 centers were upgraded and facilitated with the then latest technology in the 2014-15. Furthermore, the number of radiotherapy machines will be increased nationwide. Apart from this, the project also incorporates the establishment of the new facilities in regard with oncology, oncosurgery, chemotherapy, palliative care units and rehabilitation centers for the patients. The project is supposed to be governed by the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke.

The project aims to provide the cancer treatment facilities at the district level thus, reducing the problems of the cancer patients who require travelling to the metropolitan cities like, Delhi and Mumbai for the treatment. It is important to consider that the travel to different cities results in the hike in the treatment cost.

The project brings a new ray of hope for the cancer patients and their families since these new cancer centers in the country would ensure timely treatment of the patients thus, decimating the death rate due to cancer.