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by Varoon Shekhar
21 Oct 2020 18:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 4360
Views: 1044230

Re: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016

https://www.isro.gov.in/effects-of-global-dust-storm-mars%E2%80%99-upper-atmosphere-observed-mars-orbiter-mission Observations/discoveries by Mangalyaan.. Terrestrial planets in the solar system are constantly losing their atmospheres to outer space. The rate at which this loss happens is determined...
by Varoon Shekhar
13 Oct 2020 19:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 4360
Views: 1044230

Re: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016

Is there any reason they are not doing a vertical take off of the RLV, with a horizontal landing( as opposed to an air dropped attempt). Is that in the works, after a successful helicopter release and landing?
by Varoon Shekhar
30 Sep 2020 22:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 4360
Views: 1044230

Re: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016

^ Yes congrats to ISRO et al on Astrosat even a layman can tell it's an exceptional satellite. Very sour article on Mangalyaan "The missing science..." No appreciation expressed for the achievement or the observations of MOM. Here by contrast, is a very acknowledging video by a non-Indian!...
by Varoon Shekhar
29 Sep 2020 19:07
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 7985
Views: 1059760

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Now, just watch some Indians get all melodramatic and maudlin about Amnesty's exit. The old "oh what is happening to the India we knew, with the government's policy on NGOs together with Hindu majoritarianism, intolerance toward minorities and revocation of Article 370" It's almost as pred...
by Varoon Shekhar
26 Sep 2020 20:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 5219
Views: 961906

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

India positively should not be like China in expansionism, regimentation, brainwashing, authoritarianism. And definitely not a dumping ground for Chinese products!
by Varoon Shekhar
26 Sep 2020 18:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 5219
Views: 961906

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

Philip, excellent posts. If you look at Chinese comments and responses on various forums, it's all this pompous, arrogant, swaggering, condescending Chinese economy is 800 times India's economy, Chinese military strength is 500 times India's, Chinese exports are 1000 times India..etc. The fact that ...
by Varoon Shekhar
26 Sep 2020 18:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 2328
Views: 377764

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

Is the town of Burtse fully within India( Ladakh)? Maps are not clear on this
by Varoon Shekhar
24 Sep 2020 21:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 3607
Views: 1011077

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

^^^
Thanks for posting the T.S.Subramanian articles. Really good and detailed, but also understandable for the non-technical layman. And the HSTDV write up led to links to other excellent articles by him.
by Varoon Shekhar
23 Sep 2020 02:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 3607
Views: 1011077

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

Successful 2nd test flight of "Abhyas" - remember first flight in 2019 https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1657786 Ministry of Defence Successful Flight Test of ABHYAS Posted On: 22 SEP 2020 5:38PM by PIB Delhi Successful flight test of ABHYAS - High-speed Expendable Aerial Targ...
by Varoon Shekhar
20 Sep 2020 22:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 2328
Views: 377764

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

Apologies if this video/info has been posted before. India building road linking Leh with DBO. Below the video are interesting links about the same subject. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=india+today+new+road+in+DBO+Daulet+Beg&ru=%2fvideos%2fsearch%3fq%3dindia%2btoday%2bnew%2broad%2bin%2bD...
by Varoon Shekhar
19 Sep 2020 20:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 4360
Views: 1044230

Re: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016

^ Hi, what is LCHG, couldn't find the direct reference in the article. That suit sounds good, though someone on BR made a distinction between this suit and the ones being provided by Russia. Maybe there isn't really a difference? In which case an explanation is owed by ISRO :) Okay got it- liquid co...
by Varoon Shekhar
19 Sep 2020 13:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 4360
Views: 1044230

Re: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016

ISRO's GISAT-1, Microsat-2A, GSAT-12R and RISAT-2BR2 satellites are ready for launch https://www.businessinsider.in/science/space/news/isros-gisat-1-microsat-2a-gsat-12r-and-risat-2br2-satellites-are-ready-for-launch/articleshow/78167056.cms Very good _sounding_ news! So the GSLV Mark 2 with GISAT-...
by Varoon Shekhar
13 Sep 2020 19:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 4308
Views: 740035

Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

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Very upbeat development! Need to get these employed with the forces! Maybe already in use in limited numbers with CRPF for example?
by Varoon Shekhar
13 Sep 2020 19:28
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 4987
Views: 717716

Re: Internal Security Watch

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Seatbelts should be mandatory throughout India. Not enough Indians are using them.
by Varoon Shekhar
13 Sep 2020 13:49
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 4987
Views: 717716

Re: Internal Security Watch

Very distressing incident in Bikaner, loss of two Army officers in stupid accident.

https://www.hindustantimes.com/jaipur/t ... PHs7O.html
by Varoon Shekhar
06 Sep 2020 06:44
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Quality of Indian TV Media
Replies: 11
Views: 867

Re: Quality of Indian TV Media

News X has a lot of good programs, with definitely a patriotic outlook. Rajya Sabha TV is good with its "Security Scan" and several other shows. Not anti-Dharmic, if not openly and noticeably pro-Dharmic.
by Varoon Shekhar
05 Sep 2020 23:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 964650

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020

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I hope he was accurate in some of the information! Probably was. But not about Finger 8.
by Varoon Shekhar
05 Sep 2020 23:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 964650

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020

Am I misreading/misunderstanding, but this program states that Finger 8 is secure with India(?!?) Other encouraging sounding information and comments from the guests.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrZ6bLUAzF0
by Varoon Shekhar
05 Sep 2020 06:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 2274
Views: 335068

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

I remember the day, it was the first Friday in September, so it's a year! The anticipation, the excitement..alas Were there any more credible theories as to why the Lander failed? And still awaiting a detailed report from ISRO about all the technologies that did work. They mentioned variable propuls...
by Varoon Shekhar
31 Aug 2020 23:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 964650

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020

Can anyone post a very recent map of the Pangong Tso lake, showing exactly the areas that India possesses, and the part totally controlled by China.
The map should include that section of the lake, which is entirely within India. And preferably depict the 'finger' areas which are under contention.
by Varoon Shekhar
20 Aug 2020 01:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 3607
Views: 1011077

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

There was a Notam issued about a week back of an impending( Aug 20-22) missile/ vehicle test by India. Here's hoping that it is Drdo's Hstdv, and that this time, the test is unambiguously successful! :-)
by Varoon Shekhar
10 Aug 2020 19:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 3721
Views: 686180

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

Yes, it's noticeable. Another thing very noticeable, is that there is not even an attempt at objectivity and balance on the issue of Article 370 abrogation, in the non-Indian media in the US and UK. It's all doom and gloom, the sky is falling. Brutal suppression of innocent Kashmiris. And persons of...
by Varoon Shekhar
05 Aug 2020 18:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Ram Janmbhoomi Post-SCI Verdict: News and Discussion
Replies: 454
Views: 66155

Re: Ram Janmbhoomi Post-SCI Verdict: News and Discussion

Nice to see Doordarshan displaying such an upbeat, almost exhilarating tone, with one lady anchor stating that the event defines what India is, and is an expression of national sentiment. And that too in very good English.
by Varoon Shekhar
02 Aug 2020 00:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 4360
Views: 1044230

Re: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016

https://zeenews.india.com/india/pragyan ... 00023.html

Shanmugan Subramanian, who found the Vikram lander's debris, speculates that Pragyan may have escaped undamaged.
by Varoon Shekhar
28 Jul 2020 21:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 964650

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020

Even if there is disengagement or even withdrawal, India must not let down its guard, or cease its infrastructure efforts in Ladakh et al.

And the economic disengagement with China must continue apace. China has been allowed to obtain far too much influence in the Indian economy.
by Varoon Shekhar
27 Jul 2020 10:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 3969
Views: 754156

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

Good info about the precise number of bombs used at Balakot(9). So were the attacks on Chakoti and Muzzafarabad diversionary, to cover for the real strike?
by Varoon Shekhar
22 Jul 2020 13:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India Nuclear News and Discussion 4 July 2011
Replies: 4377
Views: 317882

Re: India Nuclear News and Discussion 4 July 2011

Everytime I see a new posting under this thread, I am just hoping it's to report the commissioning of a reactor, whether in Kalpakkam, Kakrapar, Rawatbhatta or Jaitpur. Alas, no news in this regard :( Here is one tweet from our PM sent just now :) Congratulations to our nuclear scientists for achie...
by Varoon Shekhar
15 Jul 2020 20:29
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian IT Industry
Replies: 1169
Views: 186128

Re: Indian IT Industry

"Abhijit Iyer-Mitra is a gasbag with an incredibly poor opinion about India and knows little about the fields that he is supposedly an expert in ( Defense research, engineering, etc. ). He is a hotel management grad.." I think this is true, however he has a funkiness, liveliness and outspo...
by Varoon Shekhar
15 Jul 2020 20:12
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian IT Industry
Replies: 1169
Views: 186128

Re: Indian IT Industry

In comparison what is Airtel doing? It is tying up with Verizon to launch online meeting service :)

RIght. Wasn't there a fairly competent Indian video meeting product, that can partially replace Zoom for example. Someone on BR mentioned it a few weeks ago.
by Varoon Shekhar
15 Jul 2020 05:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 964650

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020

Isn't the area between fnger 4-finger 8 a 'grey area'( thought rightly claimed by India) that India hasn't administered for 60 years? Both countries patrolled this area, China up to finger 2, and India up to finger 8. What changed is that China moved in settlements up to finger 4, so that India coul...
by Varoon Shekhar
14 Jul 2020 21:25
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian IT Industry
Replies: 1169
Views: 186128

Re: Indian IT Industry

Is Abhijit Iyer-Mitra's scathing assessment of the Indian IT sector well considered? Or is he being very unfair and vicious with regard to "cyber coolies". India needs those people! And if Indians aren't doing it, other countries will get the jobs- Brazil, Russia, Philippines, Vietnam et a...
by Varoon Shekhar
14 Jul 2020 12:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 5219
Views: 961906

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

Excuse the ignorance, is this the first time that there is an Indian ambassador to Taiwan? If so, nice move. Now if not, what is particularly notable about this appointment( of Mr Das). Edited: Evidently yes! No formal diplomatic relations until now. Excellent!
by Varoon Shekhar
13 Jul 2020 07:40
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 5546
Views: 1176188

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

When he refers to the ceramic industry in India, is he mainly referring to pottery and dinnerware? Then it's very believable that the industry is in the doldrums. But what about the ceramic tile sector? There were producers like Kajaria, Jaipur, Regency, Bhor, Somani, Parry et al. Have these all sto...
by Varoon Shekhar
12 Jul 2020 22:32
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 5546
Views: 1176188

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-urjOFKin8 Abhijeet Iyer-Mitra on the Indian economy. Starting at 1:42, he makes some scathing remarks about the Indian IT industry. And at 17:42, he goes into the Indian ceramic industry, says that India has no ceramic industry right now worth mentioning- it's domin...
by Varoon Shekhar
11 Jul 2020 10:07
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Psy-Ops techniques employed to sucker Indians
Replies: 139
Views: 25067

Re: Psy-Ops techniques employed to sucker Indians

"Could it be this one? https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/gk-current-affairs/story/anita-bhatia-united-nations-assistant-secretary-general-un-women-antonio-guterres-1539436-2019-05-31" Yes, the same Anita Bhatia, now with the UN. India has a pretty flourishing space program, thank g...
by Varoon Shekhar
05 Jul 2020 21:53
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian IT Industry
Replies: 1169
Views: 186128

Re: Indian IT Industry

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk7w1VNNOjs Social media app with special emphasis on data security. Developed in India evidently.
by Varoon Shekhar
05 Jul 2020 21:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 964650

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020

^^^ Yah it is very irritating and perplexing, that the same sour pus, petty, shallow demagogic anti-BJP, anti-Hindu panelists appear over and over again on Arnab's show, and on TimesNoW. Why not invite balanced, nuanced, eloquent people more often( like Pavan Verma, Suhel Seth, Chetan Bhagat). They ...

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