This is very sad news.
I have been a passive participant on BR for a long time and have come across Harry's name many times in ref to his articles. I have read most of his articles that are quoted on the forum.
I used his name as a reference in a post on BRF (remembering something he said more than 3 years ago) to state that the LCA had self-diagnostic systems on board- and the very next day we got to know that he was no more and that he was just 23. Imagine my shock ! and such was his reputation, that when you could show that Harry had said something, you knew it was stuff to be taken seriously.
I was very surprised at his age, I too have been interested in military aviation for many years (since I was less than 10 years old) and have read all the books I could find on mil aviation. However, He really put things together from an indian perspective in his articles and put me straight on the LCA. I had read too many articles in the major papers about how bad the program was etc etc...
and unfortunately, for every 1 Harry, EDITED.
I now have a much better perspective on the project and was also able to interact with many people involved on the LCA development and gotten a better idea on the project and the problems that were faced throughout that most people do not know about. We need more people like him who can write good articles and publish them in the general media so that the general public is better informed about the state of our own projects. A great injustice is being done by our so called journalists (DDM ???) who run down indian achievements to further their own and outside arms developer agendas. Let us hope that some of the more knowledgeable people here take up the challenge and write some good articles like Harry and get them published in the popular newspapers.
Harry was dedicated to an extent that is rare to find. I thought I could contribute a bit, by writing something for BR but can't find time to do any meaningful research before I write- compare that to Harry- the guy was prolific ! detailed articles with in-depth technical details and excellent pictures. his ACIG.org articles are treasure troves of info on Indian defence. to find someone of his calibre and his dedication, will be very very hard.
He was already missed and will be missed in the future for sure. My sincere condolence to his family. Although this is so late in the day.[/quote]