Time to reward the real heroes?

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Petition to increase the wages of Indian soldiers

Every single one of us knows the kind of contribution that the armed forces make towards the security and overall development of our country. Keeping this in mind, I am starting a petition to increase the wages of these well-deserving soldiers.

These soldiers don’t get half as much as they should for the kind of job that they do. They leave their friends, families and their whole lives behind to protect and serve our country, and they do so voluntarily. They completely dedicate themselves to their duties, knowing that they might have to lay down their lives for the cause. They spend weeks in oppressive weather conditions, making their already tough jobs even more difficult.

According to a recent study, since 1984, a total of over 879 Indian soldiers have died in the Siachen glacier and a majority of troop deaths have not been due to combat but are the result of avalanches, exposure and altitude sickness caused by the thin, oxygen-depleted air. Looking at this situation from all these aspects, don’t you agree that they should be earning way more than they currently do?

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An effective means of comparison is this - if a soldier is getting 'x' amount for the kind of life that he leads, an actor will probably get '10x' amount for simply making a movie on that same soldier’s life. Is it fair that we pay more money to someone simply pretending to live a life than to someone who is actually living it? Overcoming the kind of physical, mental and emotional trauma that a soldier experiences during war (and when he comes home, should he be that lucky), is not easy.

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