>>If you don't like him, don't indulge his blog. How he conducts HIS blog is HIS business. If DRDO guys believe he is violating copyright (watermarking pics doesn't proof copyright, it just is a proof of source) or sharing information, he should not, they can take it up with the MoD. National security will not be compromised for want of a blog.
Sorry Indranil, but that is a completely weird position to take and completely at odds with general principles of ethics and fairness, not to mention how things work out elsewhere. Lets take academics. Then would anyone credible ever go ahead and for any work - academic thesis or otherwise, take other peoples work and credit it as his own. Is that only ONES OWN business - just using the capitals as you used for emphasis? Or does it reflect on ones own ethics and those of the institution one represents? Will you or will you not be penalized? Now these are the standards everyone adheres by ...why let Aroor by for such shady practises?
Asking DRDO to run it with the MOD is equally pointless. We have had instances in the recent past of national newspapers attacking the integrity of a serving Army Chief and walking away scot free. And you think DRDO or any agency will take on the media, for unethical practises? This when they werent even allowed to defend themselves against the slander that went on before?
Second, the bigger point is not just the images and his watermarking, the point is this is how this man approaches ANY serious topic. In a brazen, unethical manner. As a public figure who tries for acclaim via such methods, it is perfectly valid to call out his sources and methods publicly, and critique them.
This business of dont visit his blog etc doesnt work either. Whether we indulge it or not, there are people who use this mans rubbish as valid information and are posting it on this forum and then analysis or whatever since they only know what Aroor selectively releases from information which is not his to begin with.
This also means that DRDO et al, who were increasingly sharing data with us, the common citizens and taxpayers, are being more wary. I know of public seminars for instance which were to have a lot of the data uploaded for public scrutiny. After this hero started his "controversial program revealed" sort of BS "scoops", all those efforts have been put on hold! His statements about IUSUAV etc - "controversial", "killing machine"...
This sort of rubbish needs to stop. For all those "discussing the AMCA" using the kind of stuff Aroor writes, and releases - with NO thought for what he is doing and why - except self glorification - well, then people need to understand what kind of people they are dealing with.
Here is one more example of Aroors idiocy, the kind that encourages ranting and all sorts of mistaken tut tutting. Its the perfect example of how Aroor uses selective data to make a claim that on the face of it sounds reasonable "India should synergize programs, use existing capabilities etc" while making rubbish claims.http://livefist.blogspot.in/2012/05/ind ... anned.htmlThere's an appalling lack of resource and research synergy between HAL, NAL, the DRDO and the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), all of which appear to be either developing (or, in HAL's case, marketing) UAVs with areas of obvious technological overlap. Weirdly, beyond the meaningless paper seminars and lofty presentations, none of these laboratories or agencies actually cooperate to deliver even a single, capable unmanned system to the armed forces. All we ever get to hear about is new UAVs, or old UAVs with new names. Someone needs to do something about this.
And this joker calls himself a journalist! The fellow does not even know that there is a huge amount of "resource and research synergy" between HAL, NAL and ADA to the extent that common systems are being used across all programs. Specific labs are working on these systems and there is indeed an overarching objective to develop multiple classes of platforms to meet the huge UAV gap that exists in India today.
A good journalist, like Shukla, would actually meet NAL, HAL, DRDO etc people and trace out these linkages. Aroor instead uses his blog to propagate the idea that the keystone kops that run Indian establishments need his wisdom.
And of course, the comments follow. As regards HAL "marketing" UAVs, the organization actually has several programs for UAVs planned, but these have been deliberately kept in abeyance so as not to overlap with similar programs being run by ADE/ADA and NAL!
As regards airborne UAVs, it is ADE which is leading the UAV programs, with NAL, HAL and private industry supporting them. For meeting immediate tactical needs, HAL has a tieup with an Israeli firm. For UCAVs, it is ADA which is leading the program with participation from HAL and NAL plus ADE for flight controls. For engines, both HAL and GTRE are working on these.
These are but the basics, from open publications. Does this in anywhich way, sound uncoordinated? This idiot takes presentations of work which is actually being done, and dismisses them as "meaningless paper seminars and lofty presentations". The fool does not even know that most of the data presented in these from the Indian side, relates to actual programs and projects. He clearly lacks the technical education or even the acumen or drive to parse out actual details. Which a good journalist would do. Nor does he even understand that for security reasons, India is now holding these seminars etc within India, whilst ensuring that adequate participation gives junior scientists the opportunity to showcase their work and also understand newer topics!
Aroor uses the NAL HANSAs example of being unmanned - something NAL needs to do because it is the lynchpin of Indian efforts to go unmanned along with ADE (where did the Rustom airframe data come from, pray if not for NALs work with the Rutan planform) and tries to correlate it to the trainer fiasco, which is entirely another topic in itself. There, note, Aroor will not pin any sort of blame on the lack of adequate requirements in time, from the IAF, which will alienate him from his sources. Note the difference between Shukla and Aroor here. Or Tarmak and Aroor. The other two are not afraid to criticize even the Army, HAL etc despite their own origins in those organizations. This sort of selective rubbish, is another issue with Aroor. He tries to posture as some sort of knowledgeable insider about Indian industry. FFS, has this man even ever written a half serious analysis used by anyone worthwhile? Copy pasting other folks work and making rubbish claims is not journalism.
Sorry, but raising Aroors lack of ethics, and his shoddy standards of journalism is germane to this thread. People are using Aroors "insights" to talk about the AMCA, when the copy and paste master could not even distinguish between which inlet was being used for which program.
Asking people to not go to his blog, when his blog is quoted, is pointless.If people use a lousy journalists selective "leaks" to discuss a program and its objectives, then by all means, be aware of how lousy that journalist is!!