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Construction of the war memorial is now caught in political wrangling.

Unfortunately, we are nation that remembers God and the soldier only when in distress.

Otherwise we specialise in paying lip service.

So politicians, sundry social leaders, even we in the media will occasionally talk about our brave hearts in glowing terms but none of us will strive hard to push for a National War Memorial or a National Martyrs Memorial.

Sixty two years after India became a Republic, we are still paying homage at India Gate.

Built by the British for the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the Imperial power in World War - I!

For God and the country's sake, wake up. Don't make empty noises about our soldiers and their sacrifices.

At least treat them with dignity and respect in our day-to-day interaction.

Honour them. Otherwise, India will be like Japan or Germany, post-World War - II - big economies without adequate military muscle. Let them know we care for them through the year and not just on two or three ritualistic occasions.

It's important to recall what Kautilya (not Sun Tzu as many of us are fond of quoting) said ages ago about the duty of the King (in this case the Government) towards the soldier: "A country makes a sacred contract with its soldiers. A country that refuses to respect this contract with its armed forces will eventually end up getting forces that will not respect the nation (government)."

Kautilya, better known as Chanakya, also reminded King Chandragupta Maurya: "The day the soldier has to demand his dues, will be a sad day."

Unfortunately, in today's India, that day has already here.

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