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This weekend --- on August 10 and 11 we have the District Seminar on membership development and polio plus seminar called VIKASA --- We are about 19 of us so far from our club attending the meet at RSB Sabhabhavan near Geetha Mandir --- opposite MJC . It starts at 4.30 pm on Saturday and finishes at 2 pm on Sunday --please be there --- spot registrations are there. Our club is in charge of stage, mike and projections on that day. so we need help on stage, to set it up well and help out during the meeting --- dear Rotarians -— so rise to the occasion --- and make it worth while please and thank you --- Engage in rotary and change lives --- a cliché by now .
Rtn. Ron D. Burton R I President
Rtn. Gururaj S District Governor
Rtn. Dr. Girija A Club President
Rtn. Renu Jayaram Club Secretary
Saluting our Kargil Heroes!
Rtn. Nirmala Shenoy Treasurer
Rtn. Chetana Maddodi Rtn. Dashrathraj Shetty Bulletin Editors
It was a day of reminisce at the club meeting as our own member Rtn. Col M M Shanbhag recounted
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of the things we think,
the scenes of the ‘Kargil War’. This inspiring talk was presented in the presence of Rtn. M S Bhat from RC Puttur East, Rtn. Dr. Aruna Saxena from RC Indirapuram and Dr. Yatinder Singh Verma from RC
say or do:
Gwailor. Our Club Director, Rtn. Shubha H S set the tone for the day with a fitting introduction to the
1. Is it the TRUTH?
soldier amidst us.
2. Is it FAIR to all
Soon Colonel touched the hearts of Rotarians through his tale of army life and the meeting hall was
concerned? 3. Will it build GOODWILL and better FRIENDSHIPS? 4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
imbued with a deep sense of patriotism. Col. Shanbhag recounted the valor of our young heroes who fought at the Srinagar-Leh highway for 74 days in the extreme cold weather and rugged mountains. The talk also raised a number of questions that are conveniently ignored by us! 14 years have passed since the war cries fell silent and the nation has moved on but have we citizens really learnt any lessons? The question is still unanswered, but in our club at least the Rotarians do make an earnest effort to understand the value of the service of our brave soldiers. We are truly proud that three of our members Rtn. Col. M M Shanbhag, Rtn. Col. Devdas S N and Rtn. Air Cdre. V V Nair were part of this great unit - Indian Armed Forces!
Indo Pakistan War of 1971 - From the war diary of Rtn. Col. S N Devdas The Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 was led by Pak General, Gen Yahya Khan of the Pak army. Gen Yahya Khan’s actions had resulted in killing of 30, 00,000 civilians, rape of 4, 00,000 women and fleeing of 10,00,000 refugees into Indian territories. Angered by the then PM Indira Gandhi who had mobilized international opinion against Pak, the General , on 03 Dec ,1971 declared war against India, Operation was code named “CHENGIS KHAN”.
Rtn. Col. S N Devdas Rtn. Col. Devdas who was barely 21 years and was then a Lieutenant in the corps of Engineers of the Indian Army was catapulted into the frontline of the 1971 Indo Pak war. With barely 2 years of military service behind him, he was a fledgling on the battlefield. Lieutenant Devdas (then) (with 43 jawans of his platoon) as an Engineer Platoon Commander advanced with an Infantry Battalion in close support to the attacking forces, in the Western sector. From the hideouts on the Indian side of the border they had to stealthily approach the IB (International Border) under cover of darkness. Just as they crossed the IB, Indian tanks and artillery let loose a barrage on the enemy positions and this was retaliated in equal measure by enemy fire. As they advanced into enemy territory the desire to kill and capture enemy forces and territory engulfed them and they moved on till 21 Km ( from 03 Dec to 15 Dec,1971 ) into West Pakistan pushing and decimating the demoralized Pak forces. Under intense enemy shelling and small arms fire they (Lieutenant Devdas and his Jawans) built bridges, cleared enemy minefields, laid own minefields to prevent enemy from using their captured territory, destroyed enemy bunkers, constructed tracks and causeways, provided water supply and command posts to Indian troops , shot at the enemy aircrafts as they strafed Indian ground forces, destroyed enemy tanks with explosives. All of these activities helped the advancing Indian troops to blitzkrieg through the pak territory. During the daytime they laid motionless hidden under camouflage and undertook war like activities only during the hours of darkness. The war effectively came to an end after the Eastern Command of the Pakistani Armed Forces signed the Instrument of Surrender, on 16 December 1971 in Dhaka, marking the liberation of the new nation of Bangladesh. On the ground Pakistan suffered most, with 8,000 killed and 25,000 wounded while India lost 3,000 dead and 12,000 wounded. The losses of armoured vehicles were similarly imbalanced. This represented a major defeat for Pakistan. India took approximately 93,000 prisoners of war, including Pakistani soldiers and their East Pakistani civilian supporters. 79,676 prisoners were uniformed personnel, of which 55,692 were Army, 16,354 Paramilitary, 5,296 Police, 1000 Navy and 800 PAF. The remaining prisoners were civilians – either family members of the military personnel or collaborators (razakars). The above Pak prisoners of war were expeditiously moved by India to Prisoner of War camps in India in order to avoid any backlash from the angry Bangladeshis who had suffered untold misery at their hands. Immediately after the war Lieutenant Devdas was posted to one of these camps housing 14700 Pak Prisoners of war. Lieutenant Devdas administered them for two and a half years thereafter till they were repatriated by me to Pakistan in special military trains. Many more interesting episodes are in the war diary of Rtn. Col. Devdas and we will bring it you in our future issues!
Touching the sky with glory Indian Air Force was created on 08 October 1932. Our IAF is 81 years old. IAF has taken part in Kashmir Operations 1947, 1965 war with Pakistan, 1971 war with Pakistan and the Operations in Kargil 1999. IAF has had successful eras. Indian Air Force has 10,000 officers and nearly 100000 airmen. IAF has a range of fighter, transport Rtn. Air Cdre V V Nair
and helicopters and also radars, surface to air missiles. We are totally modern and our systems are computerized. IAF is considered to be the fifth largest Air Force in the world. Indian Air Force takes part in most rescue operations in the calamities which strike our nation. Our rescue operations are done very professionally. Just value our professional rescue operations in Uttarkhand, Gujarat cyclone, Tsunami et al. IAF trains officers and airmen regularly to ensure that we ready and prepared to fight wars. IAF is equipped with some modern fighter aircraft like Mig29, Mirages, Jaguar and Sukhoi. The transport fleet consists of AN32, IL76/78, C130 and AWACS. Helicopter fleet has, Mi8, Mi17, Mi 26,Mi 28 and Dhurv. IAF plans a fifth generation of upgrade of all systems. IAF along with Indian Army and Indian Navy will protect our India.
Rotarians in Action With the objective of reducing malaria in and around Manipal, one more successful health camp was organized on August 1st in association with PHC, Heriadka, Government Hospital Blood Bank and SPM, KMC, Manipal at Blue Berry construction site for their workers. Malaria detection tests were conducted for 90 workers by the team of doctors from KMC and 3 Rotarian Doctors: President Rtn. Dr. Girija A, Rtn. Dr. Gowri Hadigal & Rtn. Dr. Kasturi Nayak and ably supported by Secretary Rtn. Renu Jayaram, Rtn. Karunakar Shetty, Rtn. Rohit Kumar Shetty & Rtn. Shyla Rao. One case was successfully diagnosed for malaria which was detected in the last health camp organized for Mandavi migrant workers.
The installation ceremony of Rotaract Club of Sagri was held on August 1. President Rtn. Dr. Girija A was the installing officer. Secretary Rtn. Renu Jayaram, Rtn. Rohit Kumar Shetty, Rtn. Mithra Bhandarkar, Rtn. Karunakar Shetty and Chairman of the club, Rtn. Shripathy graced the occasion.
Our President Rtn. Dr. Girija A, Secretary Rtn. Renu
Our Secretary Rtn. Renu Jayaram, Rtn. Jaivittal K S and Rtn. Rohit
Jayaram, Rtn. Jaivittal K S, Rtn. Balakrishna Maddodi, Rtn.
Kumar Shetty attended the meeting convened by Udupi District
Mithra Bhandarkar, Rtn. Karunakar Shetty and Rtn. Rohit
Commissioner on July 24 to discuss the measures to be taken to
Kumar Shetty attended the first official visit of our District
step up security arrangements following the recent gang rape of a
Governor Rtn. Gururaj S to RC Kallianpur on August 1.
medical student of Manipal University.
My Rotary — Official Directory — The Official Directory is a booklet issued once a year by R.I. It contains a list of Rotary Clubs in the world showing the names and addresses of the president and the secretary of each Rotary Club and the place, day and time of the meeting. It also contains a list of the international officers and committees, and other information of interest and value. This directory is published for the use of club officers, officers and committee members of R.I. and for the convenience of Rotarians when travelling. It is not for distriPDG Rtn Dr H Shantharam
bution to non-Rotarians. The Official Directory is copyrighted. As each new edition is printed, one copy is sent gratis to the secretary of each club. Additional copies are available for purchase in any quantity by the club. The Directory also includes a list of firms licensed by R.I. to manufacture and/or sell specially approved items bearing the Rotary, Rotaract, or Interact name and emblem.
Kudos to Rtn. Dr. Srikanth Prabhu Rtn. Dr. Srikanth Prabhu born to Late G.S. Prabhu (former Head,
“Learn everything that is good
Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Services,
from others, but bring it in,
Bhilai Steel, Steel Authority of India Ltd, MP) and Mrs. Jayathi
and in your own way absorb it;
Prabhu successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "Retinal Bio-
do not become others.”
metric Pattern Analysis System" at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur. His thesis showed the application Bio-metric technology in Forensic, Secu-
Thought by: Rtn. Vijayalakshmi Jaivittal
rity and Health Care. His thesis has a huge societal impact. Rotary Club of Udupi Manipal congratulates him and wishes him many more accolades in future.
Our Club in News
Udayavani, August 1, 2013
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