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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 08:01 
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Happy Birthday ... go BR and BRites !!
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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 08:03 
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Many happy returns and wishing many more.


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 08:04 
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Originally posted by Raj Katare:
Next logical step for BR should obviously be a print edition of “Monitor” in India. This would have more impact with old fa^ts who (are still in majority) are still allergic to PC/WWW but command high position in the GoI.
Just imagine...

in 10-15 years when India's internet generation comes of age, every one of these future leaders with a passing interest in Indian defense or policy and a modem would have come across BR at least once.

BR is one of the few true grassroots information phenomena that has literally empowered thousands of people and influenced thousands more.

The BR Effect can only grow.

All you middle school lurker jingoes (like me when br was formed) promise me this:

When you get elected PM. Big up the BRF crew ;)


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 08:32 
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Happy B'day to B-R!

On a sidenote....since Jagan mentioned brute gorilla's forum....I once went there and I think some poster made a hilarious comparison b/w NSG and NYPD SWAT and concluded that NYPD SWAT is obviously superior (must have been some TSP
poster) :roll:

Such kind of forums underline the need for a forum and site like B-R,,,,where you get facts (and nice photos of rambhas too boot) and no BS (unless it's
in form of dead TSP terrorists).


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 08:44 
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TSP Poster? sounds more like Polecat.


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 08:48 
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I spent almost 2 years on BR before discovering the Forum and once I saw it I couldn't stop coming back. Still remember my first post.... It was a link to a sher-o-shayari section of an unmentionable forum and the good doc burst a blood vessel when he saw that :D . Damn.... gotta stop getting misty eyed now.

But I am still here and like many people on the Forum, BR is permanently open in my browser for as long as I am connected to the web.


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 08:57 
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Congrats to BR on this achievement.

I discovered BR when searching for Indo-Pak standoffs but the forum dawned onto me after quite sometime. Have been more of a lurker since then.

Nevertheless, I go through the forum almost daily and I must say it is quite an education. The most important thing I have learnt here is to read between the lines of what the media says/writes. :)

I find it intriguing to see people going ga-ga about the BR meets. Guess I need to attend one to get the feel.

Congrats to everyone who has made BR a success, including the posters who make the forum so alive an kicking. :wah:


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 08:59 
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Congratulations to BR.

i cant remember the day i got hooked onto it, but its something i look forward to everyday of the week.

Thanks BR for teaching me about the bees and the birds!


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 09:01 
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From the day BR went alive I spent hours watching website grow and yet for some strange silly reason never thought on clicking on forum because I always jumped into news section to check news updates

and since I have joined forums I have never checked news updates in the forces section.
:)


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 09:10 
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Go! Go! Go!

The BR phenomenon can only grow and I hope the younger generations read more about and on BR. We could use a little self-critique though. ;)

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Where would we be without the website...

(i know i know - maybe on Brute Gorillas forums ..but still)
Jagan saar, Brute attended BR Mumbai meet yesterday onlee. :cool:

BRM in print would be a great idea even if we don't start with a glossy print edition.


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 09:42 
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Quote:
Originally posted by Khalsa:
From the day BR went alive I spent hours watching website grow and yet for some strange silly reason never thought on clicking on forum because I always jumped into news section to check news updates

and since I have joined forums I have never checked news updates in the forces section.
:)
Yeah.. Did the same thing.. I would go through news folder every so often.. Never even knew there was a forum on this place.. Would read newsgroups and veniks news updates as well. He used to have ocassional updates on the MKI every now and then.

Great job! Moderating is one thankless job!


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 10:05 
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In the good ol' days, before Georgeji got 4 computers, we used to have a Romance Forum and a Cricket Forum. (sigh!) :cool:

More power to BRF :wah: :wah:


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 10:40 
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Many many happy returns of the day
I still remember the day when i first stumbles upon the BR site while searching the net for some sukhoi photos and then on to the forum.For the first time i wasraelly happy to see so many who are interested in things military and not just star gossip and dinner parties.Now it has become a way of life -when in airports and other office i whenever i get time BR site i have to go.And recently had a nice surprise in lohegaon with all the MKIs and Jaguars around was talking to one of the sr engineers who said he also loves BR very much and we started discussing cope india 2004.BR is becomming more and more content rich and internationally recognised.Long live BR


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 10:52 
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Congratulations ! :wah:


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 11:20 
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY BR !

BR has been one of the most succesful sites till today in its catogary worldwide & certainly has no match in our country.

The sheer no. of ex-officers also posting & reading the posts & info. gives the magnitude of its success.

Long Live BR ! Long Live India !!
long live our enemies !!! so that our armed force grow helping BR to grow !!!!!


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 12:41 
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Good work, boys!


Great!.
We want to know the first 100 members of BRF who are still participating.


I could be one of them. Not sure. But still visiting BR everyday. Seldom posting. It rankles some admins. :)

Regards.


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 12:57 
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Congrats to all - webmasters past, present and those yet to come.
Thanks to all of you who inform, analyse and educate the rest of us.


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 13:43 
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Cheers to BR,have been hooked on since i came across it 4 yrs back.Going forward BR should crystalize into something more concrete.


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 13:45 
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:cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool:


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 18:03 
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Congratulations and may BR shape the thoughts who are of consequence.

<u>"BRF, where tomorrow comes today while other await it to dawn"</u>

Quote:
When our memories outweigh our dreams, we have grown old.
Bill Clinton ( who recently wrote auto biography, and started visiting a rich widow (in NY )for strategic understanding.


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 19:17 
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Congratulations and good work!

I do think the forum portion of BR should go back to strictly military issues and military science/technology. The strategic affairs forum is too wide and perhaps could be more limited to keep out political policy differences. The technology & economic forum, although its nice, doesn't really belong on BR.


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 19:24 
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My heartiest congratulations to my favoutite website on completing 7 marvellous years !


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 19:30 
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Congradulations to BR and the admins. I am still amazed and impressed by the constant stream of contributions in time and energy that the admins seem to pour out over this site. This apart from work, family, etc commitments.

Oh btw, it is July 1st :D any updates?


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 19:31 
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Vick, I plan to do some updates in August. But I am sure Jagan has updated the IAF website for July 01st.


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 19:42 
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Indeed, Jagan has.
Thanks.


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 20:40 
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Hehe,

BR has been my homepage for the past few years, and I have got into plenty of trouble from friends and colleagues who think I have war on the brain. Thing is: they are somewhat correct.

The greatest thing about BR for me has been the clarity it has provided on whats going on in the world.

Cheers.
Atish.


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 21:14 
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Re Plagiarizing:

Rakesh,

I am talking about the little pieces of info and acronyms that are seen on various newspapers which seem to be picked right out of BR....I am sure a lot of people visit BR apart from registered members (nothing wrong with that as such) and certain things stick in their heads and they reproduce them elsewhere.....These things are too small point out to definitely say "Aha! You stole it from BR" but at the same time you canot but go away with the feeling (once you read these newspaper etc) that they have been quite literally been influenced by BR....

We have come across various such snippets in TSP papers for example and BRites pick them out and list them on the PN&Disc thread from time to time...JMT, but I feel this quasi-semi-plagiarizing trend will increase as time goes on in a big way..(nothing wrong with that either, as I think it will make more people closet BRites!) :)


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 21:47 
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Remarkable how time flies. It seems like only yesterday that I came across BR, although that was six years ago.

The maturity and seriousness with which such a broad project (from the Monitor to the virtual memorial to the fallen, and the veteran's history project) has been pursued is one of a kind among part-time non-specialists.

In particular I thank Jagan, Rupak, LNS, Shiv Ramana, Calvin, Samir, Nitin and Narayanan (on and off :p )for raising the bar repeatedly.

BR will continue to grow in range and quality so long as people associated with it never grow satisfied.


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 21:58 
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Congratulations BR !! Have discovered the forum fairly recently, but have visited the website since 1998.
Thoroughly enjoy reading the monitor and would like to echo a fellow BRite's earlier comment on seeing the monitor in print.
Good going everyone.
Jai Hind !!!
Jai Jawan !!!

Regards,
Prem


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 22:00 
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Congratulations to all the BR admins and members. Its been fun lurking and posting for the last 5+ years!


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 22:09 
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Congrats to everybody.
I believe it was the year 1997 AD, when I first stumbled upon Rupaks Indian airforce page. There wasn't a great deal of information known in the west, so I was quite happy when I saw that fine looking website.
I joined BR in 1998.


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 22:16 
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Gentlemen one should point out that BR first came together in November 1996 and moved to a dedicated server in July 1997.

It's been a fun learning experience over the years!

Thanks to all.


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 22:29 
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Congrats!! And Many More!!

I came to BRF thru CNN Indo-Pak forum (never posted there) since July 2001. It has been an education for me.

Re plagiarizing:

In addition to Ashish's response, we have the most blatant one. Sunil's BRM article making it to Pakistan Defense Journal.


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 22:33 
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We want to know the first 100 members of BRF who are still participating.

I remember the days where we had just one forum... probably pre 1998 nuke tests .. Then thre came 4 forums and now 3 with hte popular forum gone... Pretty long time, I have been posting since then.. Time has passed by so quickly and BRF has matured.


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 23:08 
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I don't think that we can ever get a true account of the first 100 users since the s/w and server(s) for the forum changed a number of times.

We can however take a look back to the past.

Web Archive of Bharat Rakshak


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 23:12 
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Congratulations BRights

I was hooked on BR in Summer 1997, found it by searching for IAF and *** stuff. Visited BR almost everyday, but did not discover BRF until 2000 when one of the guys whom i had referred the BR site told me about the forum!

1. Great future for BR: Stay Jingo as ever.
2. More Contests like the Space Contest we had some time ago which produced some jems.


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 23:14 
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Time flies!!!

Bharat-Rakshak is 7 years old. This made me think about the days gone by. It was 6 years since I set foot in Bangalore. With a typical crew cut and a VIP Suitcase gifted by the JCOs of my NCC Battalion, I landed at Bangalore City Jn. (SBC) on October 13th, 1997.

It was here I created my first free e-mail account (courtesy Hotmail), and the browsed the net with great enthusiasm. Was quite surprized to find a site for the Indian Defence Forces. It was even a bigger surprize to find one of my fellow Mallus (Malayalis) Rakesh's Koshy's name appear in the web master's list. Soon I had to share some information with him. It was the rank structure of JCOs and NCOs in the Indian Armed Forces.

Soon I began to visit the site regularly. I still remember the forum in its old format, with the tiranga in the background. By 1999 I was commissioned into Bharat-Rakshak as the web master.

Bharat-Rakshak still helps me in maintaining my interest in the defence forces, which other wise would have got cut after my NCC days. And it indeed helped me in knowing more on the army, and its life style. It also gave me a chance to work in a semi-official role when I developed the sites http://www.roa-mlirc.com <Tsk Tsk Sachin, never forget the MLIRC URL - Jagan> and http://www.pararegt.org .

And last but not the least, it also helped me a lot continue another peculiar interest of mine - military music. The fruits of that interest is available at http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/BANDSTAND.

Three cheers to Bharat-Rakshak, and three cheers to our honoured members who have made us what we are.

Jai Hind!!


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2004 23:41 
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Congrats to one and all :wah: :wah: :wah: :wah: :wah: :wah: :wah:


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PostPosted: 02 Jul 2004 00:02 
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I came on BR many moons ago and have been hooked since then.

Thanks to ALL the members on BR for their excellent work and their excellent spirit. I have learnt more here than I can say and BR is family.

Happy B'day BR.


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PostPosted: 02 Jul 2004 00:03 
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I was introduced to BR by a friend in 2001 and sinc ethen it has been an addiction bigger than smoking (I smoke 5-6 sticks a day but BR is on at work and at home 24 hours).
The most important thing that I rediscovered in BR was my on patriotism (may be that is too big a word and I would be presumptuous to use it - just call it a love of my country). This love was first ignited by my 3rd standard history book (which introduced us to the greats of the Indian independence struggle) and then kept alive by some outstanding history teachers who taught with a passion for history and truly believed in the greatness of Indian civilization. I am grateful to them and I am grateful to BR, which has re-ignited the same love and passion. I can't live without BR - so BR folks you better keep going for the next 50 yrs at least. :)


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