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Maimed by the System

Author Name: Navdeep Singh | Format: Paperback | Genre : Biographies & Autobiographies | Other Details

Maimed by the System authored by Major Navdeep Singh is an extremely unique work. It is a collection of real life accounts of defence personnel, military veterans, disabled soldiers and their kin who were wronged by the system but fought and successfully claimed their rights and dues. These are real stories of such individuals who had to put up difficult and protracted battles with the officialdom, something they were clearly unprepared for, to claim their basic rights post disability, post battle and many posthumously. Besides the stories, the book also contains selected published works of the author. The book has been dedicated to India’s Constitutional Courts, especially the Delhi and the Punjab & Haryana High Courts for standing by the men and women in uniform. This is the Second/Revised 2018 edition of the book with additional stories and latest published works on topical and related issues.

The author emphasizes in the prologue that it is hope and triumph that the book embodies, not despair. The author also recognizes that more than the public at large or the establishment, support to such causes has originated from judicial process and the media, both print and electronic.

The foreword for the book has been written by Mr Eugene Fidell, the First President of the National Institute of Military Justice of the United States of America.

“... exposes some of the frivolous reasons that have forced disabled soldiers with little means to approach the Supreme Court for relief. It also calls on the government to discuss key decisions with stakeholders...”

The Hindu

“...these are real stories of such individuals who had to put up difficult and protracted battles with the officialdom...”

The Daily Post

“...the book focuses on those who successfully fought back...”

The Times of India

“...the book is an excellent chronicle of battles waged by men in uniform outside and how they won them for their pride and rightful dues...”

Fauji India Magazine

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Navdeep Singh

Major Navdeep Singh is a practicing advocate in the Punjab & Haryana High Court. He is the founder president of the Armed Forces Tribunal Bar Association at Chandigarh. He is a member of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War at Brussels and writes extensively on military, legal and public policy issues. He is actively engaged in global efforts towards reforms in Military Justice.

Navdeep has been a national service volunteer-reservist with the Territorial Army in the past. The Territorial Army is a unique force of volunteers who, while carrying on with their civil vocations, wear uniform for a few days in a year during their spare time in peace so that they can bear arms for the nation’s defence during war and national emergencies. He has voluntarily served in counter-insurgency and operational areas during High Court vacations and has been decorated with a record number of eleven Commendations from the Army, Air Force and also a Tri-Services Institution. 

Besides constitutional law and civil & military service matters, he has enthusiastically worked in the fields of rights of disabled soldiers, military widows & kin and also for military and civil pensioners. He has also worked for the welfare of World War II veterans and for protection of rights, privileges and status of the military community. He strongly advocates judicial independence and freeing of Tribunals and quasi-judicial bodies from the tacit control of the executive.

Based on the sentiment expressed by the Prime Minister for curbing unnecessary litigation, Navdeep was made a part of a Short-Term High Level Committee of Experts constituted by the then Defence Minister for reducing litigation initiated by the Ministry of Defence in service and pension related matters and to strengthen the system of redressal of grievances. The far-reaching, progressive and reformatory recommendations of the Committee, where he functioned pro bono, were widely hailed in government and military circles, the veteran community and by the civil society.

Military Pensions is his fifth book.

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