Let me try to dissect the articles though, starting with Missiles, missiles everywhere
When we tested nuclear weapons in 1998, the government, the media, and the Indian public were spectacularly undignified. A lot of vulgar and foolish things happened in the ensuing months - intemperate statements by our leaders, media coverage that was adulatory and clownish, and public behaviour that was childish (handing out sweets in the streets).
Ok, so what he wanted was Indians to keep stiff upper lips and say nothing about it. Could be his point of view and I will live with it. However, this is where the spin starts:
Predictably, the Pakistanis punctured our bubble. They tested immediately and then attacked in Kargil to show that nuclear weapons did not scare them.
The small matter that our tests were basically to force the Pakis to show their hand and check mate the 3.5 friends is long lost on a guy who claims to be a political anal-yst. I can only conclude that either he is dumb, in which case he should not be writing at all or he is a Jai Chand. To top of it all, he makes an equal equal with this:
Pakistan's public reactions were as juvenile as ours, if not more so, which shows that South Asians are cut from the same cloth.
The small matter that Pakis have only been going down hill and the 3.5 friends cannot help the Pakis without having repercussions on their own due to India forcing them to show their hand is simply lost on this Anal-yst....
Then comes this:
With India's Agni V missile test two weeks ago and Pakistan's Hatf IV Shaheen-1A test, we have had a replay of 1998. Missiles are not as big a deal as nuclear weapons, so our leaders were more restrained this time round. The media, though, was pretty much as bad as before, thinking it appropriate to talk a lot of nonsense about India's ability to project power (to Europe, amongst other destinations). Unlike 1998, the public did not rush out into the streets to party, which was a relief; instead, the blogosphere, the new public square, lit up with commentary, most of which would shame a nine-year-old.
So our friend is feeling ashamed about what people write on the Blog. Talk about being Holier than Thou.....
Now comes some classic drivel:
That it managed to produce a missile which can carry a nuclear warhead 5,000 km is noteworthy but hardly the stuff of national celebration. After all, it took nearly 30 years to produce a missile of that range.
So in one sentence, he is wiping out all the scientific and technical achievements. The smaller matter of developing technological capabilities step by step which no body would share and those who have had it since last 50+ years is completely lost on this Anal-yst. Some more drivel:
Any one of a dozen countries today could do it - and in short order. These include Japan and both the Koreas, just in Asia, and surely it would not take Australia very long. Pakistan's latest Shaheen already has a range of 3,000 km, so it is not technologically beyond our next-door neighbour's capabi-lity either. And Iranian missile technology is catching up fast.
So Pakis have mastered re entry technology through painting Chinese missiles, the North Koreans have mastered solid rocket propelled missiles, wow..
This kind of analysis should put any serious analyst to shame, and our friend here is worried about 9 year olds
One tell tale sign of WKK type is when he refuses to call a spade a spade i.e. Paki Missiles as being Chinese/North Korean. The last sentence above tells us where our friend's political thoughts lie.
Then comes the classic self flagellation:
The point is that missiles, as much as nuclear weapons, are old technology. Hopping up and down about them is silly. India's scientists have not particularly distinguished themselves (nor have Indian social scientists). If we look at the number of scientific papers published in leading journals, patents filed, and inventions credited to Indians, our scientists do not rank high. China ranks well ahead, as do Japan and South Korea. Britain, with 60 million people, has had 76 Nobel laureates in science and technology.
So missiles and nukes are old technology indeed! Like I said before, they are really old technologies as missiles and a nuke bomb ultimately are based on Newtonian Physics
The Pakiness of our friend is evident in the next sentence: What has not having patents and scientific papers got to do with a strategic missile?? And what does he mean by "not having distinguished itself?? Getting into d1ck measuring contests(China produces more papers than India, Britain has more Nobel Laureates blah blah) is what certified Pakis (i.e. losers but with Pakiness in them) do... Now for some more drivel:
India has had only one that worked in India (C V Raman, who worked in British and not independent India) and three that worked outside India (Har Gobind Khorana, Subramanyan Chandrashekhar and Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, all in the US). There are probably only two Indian technologies that have international name-recognition - the Jaipur leg prosthetic device and the Nano mini car - which are home-grown.
The fact that so much technology is being developed and used in India is of course not an achievement, we should always seek international attention per this dork
Then more crap on other social/economical problems ...
Why are we so undignified over things like the missile test? The answer most likely is that we have so little to celebrate, with human development indicators lower in key areas than our South Asian neighbours and sub-Saharan Africa. Indians are eating less in calories terms than a decade ago. We have millions of more males than females in our population: the social consequences of this male surplus will be massive. Our education system is in a shambles. Our infrastructure is scarily bad. The only town in India with clean drinking water is Jamshedpur. We have a fiscal crisis looming, stuttering growth, rising prices, stagnating agriculture, caste and religious discrimination, partisan politics to the maximum, and policy paralysis. Governance, particularly at the state-level, where one absurd chief minister replaces another, is so awful that you run out of adjectives.
I think our friend in addition to being a dork, Kandle Kisser and Jai Chand, is seriously depressed.
He is mixing up the test of a strategic missile with all sorts of things.....wow...
And finally, another show of Pakiness:
If India wants to be respected and secure in the long run, it should celebrate clean renewable energy and the eradication of polio far more than the launching of a new missile. That would be worth many sweets in the streets.
Why should we "seek" to be respected by mass murderers and looters (i.e. the present so called First World??)? Since he is talking about polio eradication, he should also have mentioned why we could not meet the targets in the first place... but let truth not come in the way of rhetoric. Such is the quality of Anal-yst in the country, and of course they write for TOI let...