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ARMY CHIEF’S SHOW CAUSE NOTICE TO LT GEN

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Defence Ministry says it was kept in the dark

New Delhi, May 24
A day after the Army Chief General VK Singh issued a show cause notice to Lieutenant General Dalbir Singh Suhag, it has now turned out that the Ministry of Defence was in the dark about the developments and was taken aback as the Army headquarters had, a few weeks ago, sent Gen Suhag’s name for a promotion.

Top sources confirmed that the Army Chief did not keep the ministry in the loop. The Chief is well within his rights to issue a show cause but it is expected that he informs the MoD as this concerns a very senior officer who is commanding a sensitive corps, said a source.

The Ministry sources refrained from stating if it would impact Gen Suhag’s promotion as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GoC-in-C). “The policy is to wait and watch. There is no urgency. In any case, Chief of Staff at the Army Command can handle matters for a few days before appointments are made,” said an official. Two vacancies of Army Commanders arise on May 31. Gen Suhag and Lt Gen Sanjeev Chachra are tipped to be elevated.

On May 31, Lt Gen Shankar Ghosh, the Western Army Commander, is to retire while Gen Bikram Singh, the present Eastern Army Commander, will take over as the Chief.

The show cause notice charges Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag, GOC of the Dimapur-based 3 Corps, who is in the line of succession after Army Chief-designate Lt Gen Bikram Singh, with "abdicating responsibility" in handling an intelligence and a surveillance unit. — TNS
ARMY CHIEF’S SHOW CAUSE NOTICE TO LT GEN



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10-year-old's RTI posers stump PMO, Government

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Aishwarya Parashar. Photo: Special Arrangement

Aishwarya Parashar. Photo: Special Arrangement

When some simple questions came to the mind of Aishwarya Parashar, a Class-VI student of the City Montessori School, Lucknow, she did not let them languish unasked. She went seeking out answers through the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Aishwarya's inquisitiveness and willingness to pursue the source of information has yielded, till date, the establishment of a public library on the site of a garbage dump and the nation being better enlightened about the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.


All of just 10 years, Aishwarya is a confident little girl, who herself answers a mobile phone and urges those wanting some written information from her to send her an SMS giving their e-mail ID and even forwards e-mail and communicates about her work on her own.

“I have so far filed three RTIs with the Prime Minister's Office,'' she says, adding that “the first one was [a query] about who gave the order for printing Mahatma Gandhi's image on currency notes. I was told in a reply that it was in 1993 following a meeting of the Reserve Bank of India.”

But it was her subsequent RTI asking the PMO to tell her who conferred the title of Father of the Nation on Mahatma Gandhi, which confounded the government. From the PMO, the query went to the Ministry of Home Affairs and to the National Archives of India, before Aishwarya was told that “there are no specific documents on the information sought” by her.

‘SURPRISING'

“That was really surprising because I never thought it was such a difficult question since even our history books taught us that Mahatma Gandhi was the Father of the Nation.”

The first reference to Mahatma Gandhi as Father of the Nation goes back nearly 70 years when Subhas Chandra Bose referred to Gandhi thus in a radio address from Singapore in 1944.

Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru too had, in his address to the nation upon Mahatma Gandhi's death, referred to him as Father of the Nation: “Friends and comrades, the light has gone out of our lives, and there is darkness everywhere, and I do not quite know what to tell you or how to say it. Our beloved leader, Bapu as we called him, the Father of the Nation, is no more.”

After getting an unsatisfactory answer to her query on this issue in March this year, Aishwarya on April 24 asked the PMO who had declared Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary on October 2 as also Republic Day and Independent Day national holidays. To her surprise, she got a reply dated May 17 that such orders were never issued.Click here to more read

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