Can the Pythagoras’ theorem of OROP be simplified?

Indu Indira Lala

one rank one pensionNew Delhi: Is there a third side to the OROP right triangle which is being missed out in this government plus veterans plus OROP math of superannuation benefits? The two sides of this equation being Government and the army veterans – agitating for one rank one pension – do seem to stand together off and on. But there is the third angle that doesn’t quite sum to the square of what government has to offer and what the veterans of war are demanding.

Pythagoras TheoremShould the Defence Minister break up its math into two portions – one can be the basic amount of pension which can be worked out on a flat rate and announced immediately. The second part, an add-on amount that can be computed in time and announed sooner than later.

This would terminate the agitation immediately, give rest to the fasting veterans and allow the government some breather to finish their over-pending homework.

Presently more veterans are being hospitalised and facing severe stresses – both mental and physical.


The Pythagorean theorem, also known as Pythagoras' theorem, is a relation in Euclidean geometry among the three sides of a right triangle. It states that the square of the hypotenuse (the side opposite the right angle) is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides.