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by Pennathur
02 Feb 2011 20:04
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Strategy guru K Subrahmanyam passes away
Replies: 235
Views: 27860

Re: Strategic guru K Subrahmanyam passes away

Wish this Jambavan were like the man of ancient lore, a chiranjeevi. I hope his ideas endure for ever.
by Pennathur
17 Sep 2007 04:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Women in Combat
Replies: 521
Views: 73440

The USAF Thuderbirds now have two women among the flying team. Dr. Shiv Sastry explained v.patiently what the problems are from the POV of ergonomics on modifying combat a/c cockpits to accomodate men as well as women in India. Please read the thread. So even if the Indian AF are trying their best t...
by Pennathur
12 Sep 2007 02:15
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: Malabar Naval Exercises
Replies: 155
Views: 55371

I have no idea about Marcinko's combat record. If it is good, good for him. Did u mean carrying 500 kgs of gear over difficult terrain? A marathon is pretty tough. Lance Armstrong ran his first marathon this year and achieved a respectable 3+ hours and also said it's the toughest thing he has ever d...
by Pennathur
10 Sep 2007 06:13
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: Malabar Naval Exercises
Replies: 155
Views: 55371

Bulk vs. performance

What's Marcinko's combat record? Cyclists and marathoners are contemptuous of your Linebacker variety of strongmen simply because they are too bulky. By endurance do you mean the ability to work at a sustained cardio rate for very long times?
by Pennathur
06 Nov 2005 08:04
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part IV
Replies: 312
Views: 162406

Shankar,

Very interesting. But please check your copy for ranks. USN like the RN and IN uses naval designations, it would be Cmdr.Patricia Owens not Lt.Col. Owens.
by Pennathur
24 Sep 2005 09:42
Forum: Military History Archive
Topic: Book: The India-Pak Air War of 1965 - Details & Reviews
Replies: 93
Views: 44703

Looks like we have some prize numbskuls of our own - but Kaushik Roy is a blithering idot. Maybe the guy doesn't know to read.
by Pennathur
15 Sep 2005 09:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 1965 India Pakistan War: Forty Years Since
Replies: 99
Views: 47430

For fighter planes, relying almost exclusively on virtually obsolescent F-86s, which had been found wanting against MIG-19s by the American pilots in the Korean War, trusting their superior training and maintenance, the PAF out-flew and out-fought the IAF who had not only MIG-19s, but also MIG-21s ...
by Pennathur
10 Sep 2005 22:50
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part III
Replies: 326
Views: 163864

Pennathur, When you have to say it it definitely is. What has Airvat doen to you? :cry: Ayyo Ramanagaru! Airavat is a fine writer, I bought his book online. But this scenario is way beyond what he has written in OpKar. The big picture - why is it hapening? - is not at all clear. I am sure Airavat c...
by Pennathur
09 Sep 2005 06:09
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part III
Replies: 326
Views: 163864

Don't mean to be rude. But what we have been reading here is way better than what Airavat has written. The larger picture is very well sketched in this thread. It is true that with many contributing it is difficult to string the posts together. But this is definitely first rate "airport paperback" s...
by Pennathur
03 Sep 2005 21:18
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part III
Replies: 326
Views: 163864

Shankar,

Wouldn't Bears be flown by a Commander and a Lt. Commander not a Wing Co and S/L?
by Pennathur
31 Aug 2005 04:00
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part III
Replies: 326
Views: 163864

:roll: How about avoiding this term elite . Good warriors don't make a fuss about themselves. That's for the flunkies of tinpot dictators. The Indian Armed Forces train like hell and don't give a damn for any elite clothes horses and they will kick the sh!+ out of anyone who is foolish enough to mes...
by Pennathur
30 Aug 2005 20:38
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part III
Replies: 326
Views: 163864

Is the TSPA going to commit an entire Armoured Division with no air cover worth the name? What is this defensive offence? TSPAF Losses to date - pl correct. Commas separate engagements F-16 Eastern sector - 3 Jakob+, 6 Jakob+ Western sector - 6 Jamnagar M3 A. Sea - 6 AI hijack F7 - 2 over JK, many m...
by Pennathur
27 Aug 2005 16:21
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part III
Replies: 326
Views: 163864

What is the epicenter of the peoplle of Islam? Without any intention of blasphemy towards my Muslim friends - IMHO - it is Indiain numbers and thought. Every important intellectual tradition within the faith is represented here. India's reach within the world of Islam - of which India itelf is the h...
by Pennathur
25 Aug 2005 07:37
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part III
Replies: 326
Views: 163864

There was a totally cockeyed TSP scenario being cooked up on Chowk.com - one of those crypto pro-TSP sites - in mid 2001. I had emailed the link to Jagan and he didn't think much of it. It had the usual, an Indian Army subaltern gorging himself on cashews at a 5-star hotel while Fizzle'Ya guys condu...
by Pennathur
12 Aug 2005 09:18
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part III
Replies: 326
Views: 163864

It's great the way the thread - more a thick coil of rope - has spun out. A few 100 pages of scenarios is simply the end product of a very vast canvas of events. It would be better to compartmentalise these discrete scenarios and write them up in greater detail for a multi-volume collection. As S/L ...
by Pennathur
28 Jul 2005 06:27
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part II
Replies: 328
Views: 171952

YIP there isn't much to chew on (no not asking you to spend the next five hours creating a scenario down to the platoon level - and even that would not be enough). As for enlivening the scene how about blue and red teams offline and posting the final scene a little later instead of working at this b...
by Pennathur
26 Jul 2005 04:47
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part II
Replies: 328
Views: 171952

For those who uncomfortable with the references to religion, you can look at things in a different way. In Tamizh it is said, "Saadhu mirandal kaaDu koLLadu," (Anon). "Even the forests cannot contain the roar of the peaceful." Going by the use of the word "saadhu" of Sanskritic provenance this may n...
by Pennathur
16 Jul 2005 18:55
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part II
Replies: 328
Views: 171952

Shankar,

TSPN cruises with the Lakshadweep islands on its port side or the starboard? That would be in the channel between Lakshadweep and the mainland.
by Pennathur
15 Jul 2005 04:55
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part II
Replies: 328
Views: 171952

Kartik, Firing missiles at Indian economic assets would be an extremely hostile action even more than attacking them with an air-strike. One way to look at this is to imagine a slowly stirring Indian administration that the TSP may take for granted based on experience. An outright act of war require...
by Pennathur
14 Jul 2005 10:23
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part II
Replies: 328
Views: 171952

Shankar, S/L Iskander Mirza doesn't seem to be a cold professional. Launching an AIM-9 in haste doesn't look like the work of a PAF CCS grad. 12 MiG-29s, 2 MiG-21s vectored together? Incredible! Given the current state of the media this is what we can expect to read. Imagine what this sort of report...
by Pennathur
14 Jul 2005 10:13
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part II
Replies: 328
Views: 171952

From The Nationalist published from Chennai since 1875 Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kochi, New Delhi, Kolkata Gautam Srinivasachar in Dhaka. In what will be surely seen by generations to come as an act of utter irresponsibility and militaristic aggression, India has forfeited the right to ...
by Pennathur
12 Jul 2005 07:18
Forum: Military History Archive
Topic: Book: The India-Pak Air War of 1965 - Details & Reviews
Replies: 93
Views: 44703

Indo-Pak Air Battles 1965 Rikhye vs. Jagan

Sorry Samir. The ACIG link you have posted doesn't take you to the thread concerned; only upto the master thread page.
by Pennathur
04 Jul 2005 09:12
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part II
Replies: 328
Views: 171952

Bhavani, I am not knighted and have no intentions of accepting any Royal titles, so plain Pennathur will do. 1. True it isn't easy to aim a Stinger anywhere. IIANM didn't the IAF helo that was downed in Kargil in 1999 require quite a few shots? But with a well trained missileer and an unsuspecting I...
by Pennathur
03 Jul 2005 22:10
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part II
Replies: 328
Views: 171952

Shankar too pat - even if it is easier for me to pick holes than it is for you to write something after much thought. How about the following? 1. The TSPN Captain identifies the ICG Dornier and gets his crack missle man on the deck to lock on it without any hesitation 2. The Chinese watchers monitor...
by Pennathur
30 Jun 2005 07:52
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Military Ranks Discussion
Replies: 26
Views: 19416

Isn't the Sub.Major always addressed as Saab by everyone including the Officers?
by Pennathur
19 Jun 2004 08:59
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: The Saras Flies!
Replies: 236
Views: 74922

Re: The Saras Flies!

The CPI(M) rag PD is as usual playing fast and loose - in one breath we hear about how the project has been going on since 1991 and suffered gross overruns - in the next we are told that sanctios delayed commencement to as late as 1999! So then in five years an aerospace lab on a shoestring budget s...
by Pennathur
29 Aug 2003 04:04
Forum: The Kargil Archive
Topic: Kargil Revisited
Replies: 329
Views: 97934

Re: Kargil Revisited

Gen.Javed Nassir of the TSP orders his men to carry his thunderbox over the mountains - while our Col.Vishvanathan crawled a 100 meters without cover to retrieve the body of his fallen comrade. :( We Indians will never learn it seems. With enemies like the TSPA who needs friends?
by Pennathur
22 Aug 2002 22:23
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Ancient (and recent) Indian Mathematics
Replies: 38
Views: 19631

Re: Ancient (and recent) Indian Mathematics

Ponniyin Selvan, I am aware of the old and the new PS schools. The new PS school like many other hard-schools in other parts of India goes for basics and virtuosity in the hard sciences. Competition being what it is you must be able to get into the highest percentile. However other schools are not l...
by Pennathur
19 Aug 2002 23:11
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Ancient (and recent) Indian Mathematics
Replies: 38
Views: 19631

Re: Ancient (and recent) Indian Mathematics

Kaushal the school you refer to is Pennathur Subramaniam Iyer High School - founded by my great grand uncle (also illustrates the fact how descendants rarely match the brilliance of the illustrious ones after one generation :D ) PS as the school is known has produced a long string of luminaries and ...
by Pennathur
19 Aug 2002 21:03
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Ancient (and recent) Indian Mathematics
Replies: 38
Views: 19631

Re: Ancient (and recent) Indian Mathematics

All said the present trend among Indians and people of Indian Origin (PIO) seems to be to avoid mathematics. There are some incredibly good mathematicians in India in TIFR; JNU; MATSCIENCE; ISI and the IITs - but beyond that there is nothing much of substance happening. My uncle a maths professor in...
by Pennathur
06 Aug 2002 22:28
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Women's status in Indian society
Replies: 138
Views: 52934

Re: Women's status in Indian society

Rather than looking at things statistically - incidence of violence against women - date rape or road rape (euphemistically called eve-teasing); domestic murder (dowry death, agnipariksha etc.,) one should look at why and how these things happened. A woman committing sati or being forced into it; re...
by Pennathur
09 Jul 2002 03:26
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Women's status in Indian society
Replies: 138
Views: 52934

Re: Women's status in Indian society

There is an insidious move afoot among the conservatives in the US to wink at the practice of streaming "boys" and "girls" into traditional streams - sciences for the one and arts for the other. And of course as it always happens here, both sides conservatives and their opponents are playing a stati...
by Pennathur
02 Jul 2002 22:10
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Bharat Rakshak Celebrates Five Years!
Replies: 76
Views: 32093

Re: Bharat Rakshak Celebrates Five Years!

All the best Rakesh! Great job! And keep in touch. We need some road-side Romeos to liven up the scene! :D
by Pennathur
28 Jun 2002 22:47
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Arjun – To be or not to be (?)
Replies: 248
Views: 67727

Re: Arjun – To be or not to be (?)

Most of the gaming scenarios discussed here spoke about the fact that TSPA could make some territorial gains initially, and only later would IA, in conjunction with IAF manage to push back TSPA, and capture territory in return. That is not what I like. If the TSPA truly thinks so it has seriously m...
by Pennathur
15 Feb 2002 21:47
Forum: Military History Archive
Topic: Rising Star: Maj. Gen. Dalbir Singh AVSM, VrC, VSM
Replies: 59
Views: 26262

Re: Rising Star: Maj. Gen. Dalbir Singh AVSM, VrC, VSM

I don't remember the name. He is the officer (was Colonel then) who along with MEA spokesman Jassal IFS (sorry don't remeber this name too) used to brief the press every evening (covered on TV) during the Kargil war in 1999.<p>Our armed forces is no place for the uniformed-men-in-dress-only. See her...
by Pennathur
27 Jan 2002 18:10
Forum: Military History Archive
Topic: Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh, IAF
Replies: 51
Views: 23267

Re: Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh, IAF

So then what's a Colonel General?<p>IIRC the British CDS who a few years back resigned following a "sex scandal" (the sort that the Brits specialise in) was Marshal PEter Harding a 5-star from the RAF.
by Pennathur
25 Jan 2002 23:35
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Agni-I/SR: Strategic Implications (Thread 1)
Replies: 227
Views: 59889

Re: Agni-I/SR: Strategic Implications (Thread 1)

Vamseegaru,<p>
..........................................<p>Sequel to "crouching tiger,hidden dragon"<p>Roaring tiger,hidden dragon and shivering rat
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<p>Raging elephant, smiling dragon, limp (fl**cid)con*om :D
by Pennathur
25 Jan 2002 23:21
Forum: Military History Archive
Topic: Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh, IAF
Replies: 51
Views: 23267

Re: Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh, IAF

Marshal of the Air Force (or IAF) is a five star rank – the highest – ranking senior to the Air Chief Marshal. In India the five star rank has been conferred so far only on officers from the Army. Gen.Maneckshaw and later Gen.Cariappa were both awarded the rank of Field Marshal. The five...
by Pennathur
25 Jan 2002 18:47
Forum: Military History Archive
Topic: Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh, IAF
Replies: 51
Views: 23267

Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh, IAF

ACM Arjan Singh will be India's first Marshal of the Air Force.

Sir, we salute you.

http://www.rediff.com/news/2002/jan/25iaf.htm

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