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by Prasenjit Medhi
03 Nov 2008 18:23
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Chandrayan-1 moon mission
Replies: 1807
Views: 322627

Re: Chandrayan-1 mission launched succesfully

The Chinese will have to realize that India is a peer in Space Tech. This is galling to them because it shows that a pluralistic Western style democracy in Asia , other than their dreaded Japanese rivals, can match them in such a big way. Wrong. That era is long over when commands used tobe issued ...
by Prasenjit Medhi
03 Nov 2008 16:42
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Chandrayan-1 moon mission
Replies: 1807
Views: 322627

Re: Chandrayan-1 mission launched succesfully

Very good! Mangal ko ho mangal! :) What could be the factors causing the slight difference in the perigree, from the targeted 300 kms? And does it matter much in the long run, except for perhaps requiring some extra fuel expended for exact insertion into lunar capture orbit, because we have a slight...
by Prasenjit Medhi
03 Nov 2008 09:55
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Chandrayan-1 moon mission
Replies: 1807
Views: 322627

Re: Chandrayan-1 mission launched succesfully

The Chinese will have to realize that India is a peer in Space Tech. This is galling to them because it shows that a pluralistic Western style democracy in Asia, other than their dreaded Japanese rivals, can match them in such a big way. The Chinese better be prepared for India overtaking them in th...
by Prasenjit Medhi
01 Nov 2008 16:02
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Chandrayan-1 moon mission
Replies: 1807
Views: 322627

Re: Chandrayan-1 mission launched succesfully

Reply from a moderately clueless person. i don't think it is meant to overshoot the moon while being in earth orbit. I think the earth orbits are merely to use earth's gravity to accelerate the spacecraft (with a little help from the engines) to achieve a velocity that will enable the craft to esca...
by Prasenjit Medhi
01 Nov 2008 08:45
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Chandrayan-1 moon mission
Replies: 1807
Views: 322627

Re: Chandrayan-1 mission launched succesfully

A question to gurus. Say in all the subsequent firings, if the yaan flies past the moon, it is not that it just is going to permanently overshoot, right? It is still going to orbit earth with a higher apogee. In that case, reverse firing would be conducted to bring it back into moon's clutches. Thi...
by Prasenjit Medhi
31 Oct 2008 20:37
Forum: Terrorism Archive
Topic: Bomb blasts in assam
Replies: 213
Views: 26085

Re: Bomb blasts in assam

CNN IBN reporting arrests.. It is a unique challenge, and one for which a calibrated response which addresses the twin issues of lawlessness, and illegal immigration, is made. I leave it to wiser heads in our establishment to figure out how to do this, but it needs doing. Law and Order is must. The ...
by Prasenjit Medhi
26 May 2008 16:54
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Casting doubt on Indian nuclear weapon designs and yields
Replies: 254
Views: 49997

A few words on weapons testing and nukes in general, in between dozing off during my networks course, and paying attention .. We are all very intelligent people here, but I think there is a tendency to view nuclear weapons as some sort of weapon to end all weapons. Let us be clear that it is another...
by Prasenjit Medhi
07 May 2008 23:13
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Distorted history- Causes, consequences, remedies
Replies: 4186
Views: 65133

Hey, the great warriors section is missing Lacchit Borphukan, the general who defeated the greatest ever mughal army assembled till then. He defeated a Mughal army with 30,000 Mughal infrantrymen, 18,000 Turkish Horsemen, 15,000 archers, 5,000 arquebusiers, and 5,000 Rajput Cavaliers, along 5,000 le...
by Prasenjit Medhi
07 May 2008 16:59
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Long range Agni missile & test launch :Part-1
Replies: 283
Views: 67032

This is a very significant achievement ahead of Technology day.


http://www.rediff.com/news/2008/may/07ntest.htm
by Prasenjit Medhi
07 May 2008 09:00
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Nuclear News & Discussion - May-2008
Replies: 370
Views: 57851

so a decade after POK II the day will go uncelebrated? :roll: Nah, we have the IPL on right now .. Besides, molding Pokhran II into a nationalistic chest thumping point ten years on will take some significant marketing. Easier to just make Pakistan the nationalist pinyata. But I gotta admit, POK II...
by Prasenjit Medhi
07 May 2008 08:34
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: International Nuclear Watch & Discussion
Replies: 558
Views: 68442

What's the difference - beyond political will and military might to use a country's resources for what its worth and hell to everything else.


None. But does one have to admit it?
by Prasenjit Medhi
06 May 2008 22:25
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: International Nuclear Watch & Discussion
Replies: 558
Views: 68442

Arun, I doubt the US will allow its Saudi satellite, or its near-enemy Iran, to weaponize, without regime change, or preemptive decapitation of nuclear sites. The risks are too great. Arun writes: There is very high certainity that Arabia (I prefer to call it by by its natural name it held for eter...
by Prasenjit Medhi
06 May 2008 07:31
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Nuclear News & Discussion - May-2008
Replies: 370
Views: 57851

I dont see it that way. India's PR has been decent in its nuclear buildup. We militarized after Nehru's dreaming, successfully. We then portrayed ourselves as poor but striving to every foreign dignitary who visited, while nuclearizing, dismembering Pakistan, and increasing GDP from 50 billion in 19...
by Prasenjit Medhi
05 May 2008 16:38
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: International Nuclear Watch & Discussion
Replies: 558
Views: 68442

Ack, wrong Duke, meant the less famous Churchill. The one who was called a rascal by the King of England after He caught him with His mistress. Good fighter though, trod his way into Central Europe and beat the French Sun King's army, with some Dutch auxillaries, and a lot of British soldiers who di...
by Prasenjit Medhi
05 May 2008 16:20
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: International Nuclear Watch & Discussion
Replies: 558
Views: 68442

Arun, I doubt the US will allow its Saudi satellite, or its near-enemy Iran, to weaponize, without regime change, or preemptive decapitation of nuclear sites. The risks are too great. As an Indian civilian, we may view Iran as a potential counterweight to Pakistan, and a potential source of energy, ...
by Prasenjit Medhi
05 May 2008 08:01
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: International Nuclear Watch & Discussion
Replies: 558
Views: 68442

Iran will not axe nuclear programme We have a problem dont we .. I once called for Saddam Hussein's ousting on NPR, as a guest caller on one of their morning programmes when I was in the States, in 2000, precisely because of that regimes pursuit of WMD's and irresponsible belligerent status. Regard...
by Prasenjit Medhi
04 May 2008 22:23
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: International Nuclear Watch & Discussion
Replies: 558
Views: 68442

Is there any research going on into next generation nuclear (im)explosive devices? I was fascinated by learning about the process of triggered thermonuclear release in neutron stars present in binary systems. Apparently, a neutron star, the supernovae remnant, siphons of gas(mainly H1, H2, Helium) f...
by Prasenjit Medhi
04 May 2008 21:48
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Distorted history- Causes, consequences, remedies
Replies: 4186
Views: 65133

I am interested and capable of writing a comprehensive multi-volume Hindu history of India. It will be the truth though, from a Hindu perspective, no propaganda. I need dedicated research assistants, for the period of writing. After completion, I can participate to an extent in funding publication. ...
by Prasenjit Medhi
03 May 2008 10:27
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 479
Views: 362943

I am betting that the launch will be either just before Independence Day, at least a week or two before, so that the news window fades, in case it doesnt work out(though there is no reason that it shouldnt work out, ISRO is very professional), or, on Gandhi Jayanti. Any takers? Losers may kowtow :) ...
by Prasenjit Medhi
15 Feb 2008 12:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Iran News and Discussions
Replies: 3160
Views: 305750

Another big problem with undersea pipelines, as opposed to overland gas pipelines .. Security. We saw what happened to the submarine cables in the Suez area. I dont see why governments need to be involved. How evolved is the gas derivatives market? I know that crude is traded very, very actively. Wh...
by Prasenjit Medhi
25 Jan 2008 09:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion
Replies: 2534
Views: 279522

Who is this guy KP Nayar? http://www.telegraphindia.com/1080122/jsp/nation/story_8810462.jsp I personally got more than a dozen e-mails from my Hindu friends who distanced themselves from the statements made by Arun Ghandi but looks like Mr. Nayar above wants to have his pound of Jewish flesh. He e...
by Prasenjit Medhi
23 Jan 2008 11:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion
Replies: 2534
Views: 279522

The Marxists were certainly not silent. Their slogan during the Indo-China war, was, 'Chairman Mao is our Chairman too'. Just imagine that. They want to establish a Marxist paradise under Chinese rule preferably, and are ready to make use of all the tools of realpolitik to get there.
by Prasenjit Medhi
22 Jan 2008 11:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion
Replies: 2534
Views: 279522

My congratulations to ISRO and Indian scientists for launching the new SAR satellite. This is another landmark in the close cooperation between India and Israel which is one of India's biggest defence suppliers along with Russia and the United States.
by Prasenjit Medhi
21 Jan 2008 19:29
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Tackling Islamic Extremism in India - 4
Replies: 319
Views: 59613

Cricket certainly has a lot to do with race. The racism is still in place, to an extent. But money talks.
by Prasenjit Medhi
09 Mar 2004 10:19
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: Exercise Divya Astra: Shock & Awe
Replies: 213
Views: 74330

Re: Exercise Divya Astra: Shock & Awe

The real Divya Astra in the IA is the jawan. Let it be noted. The IA needs to better train, better motivate, and take care of these men, better. The Indian jawan subsists on a good diet, by Indian standards, but for example this could be improved. Meat is usually provided once, or maybe twice a week...
by Prasenjit Medhi
09 Mar 2004 10:00
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: Exercise Divya Astra: Shock & Awe
Replies: 213
Views: 74330

Re: Exercise Divya Astra: Shock & Awe

Nice post by YIP. I would like to bring up some points, though. Is Indian military NB! _ground_ action across the IB justified if Pak based jehadi groups cross a political rubicon? Rather would an air raid/cruise missile strike on targets of political and military consideration be more suitable? The...
by Prasenjit Medhi
05 Mar 2004 08:53
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: Exercise Divya Astra: Shock & Awe
Replies: 213
Views: 74330

Re: Exercise Divya Astra: Shock & Awe

>>How about Earnest Resolve or some thing like that in sanskrit?

What is so Hinduised about 'Celestial Weapon'?

Besides, Driddh Sankalp wouldnt sound so cool ..
by Prasenjit Medhi
04 Mar 2004 10:29
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: Exercise Divya Astra: Shock & Awe
Replies: 213
Views: 74330

Re: Exercise Divya Astra: Shock & Awe

Who came up with the name 'pivot' corps? Cossack or Hussar, or better yet, Maratha corps would have been a better name :) I hope that this '100 gun concept' translates into required level of firepower to cause irrepairable damage and degradation to cohesion and operational ability opfor down to the ...
by Prasenjit Medhi
07 Feb 2004 14:53
Forum: Military History Archive
Topic: Celebrating 20 years of victory on the Saltoro Ridge
Replies: 85
Views: 40316

Re: Celebrating 20 years of victory on the Saltoro Ridge

Well, I am by no means an expert on military tactics, Daulat. But at the political level I believe that turning Siachen into a de-militarized zone is not possible because of the political equity invested by both India and Pakistan. By speaking of following them down, I meant to point out that we sho...
by Prasenjit Medhi
04 Feb 2004 10:40
Forum: Military History Archive
Topic: Celebrating 20 years of victory on the Saltoro Ridge
Replies: 85
Views: 40316

Re: Celebrating 20 years of victory on the Saltoro Ridge

If TSP climbs down, we should follow them down .. of course :D
by Prasenjit Medhi
30 Jan 2004 13:19
Forum: Military History Archive
Topic: Celebrating 20 years of victory on the Saltoro Ridge
Replies: 85
Views: 40316

Re: Celebrating 20 years of victory on the Saltoro Ridge

Regarding the 'strategic gateway to C. Asia' notion. There is the Tribal Areas, and Karakoram Highway problem. Strategically, Siachen is of little value if there is no landlink with Afghanistan. We should have taken it all up to the Afghan border, twenty years ago. If Pak attempts another Kargil, in...
by Prasenjit Medhi
02 Dec 2002 15:46
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Survey: What got you interested in defense matters?
Replies: 53
Views: 23564

Re: Survey: What got you interested in defense matters?

(1) Why are you interested in defense/security issues, especially those relating to India? I like getting on my soapbox and pretend that my views are of consequence :) (2) How (or when) did you get interested in defense matters? From primary school when someone tried to dump a toy dump truck on my h...
by Prasenjit Medhi
20 Nov 2002 13:01
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: SEAD ops in the IAF
Replies: 106
Views: 41213

Re: SEAD ops in the IAF

Kgoan says: The Pak "redlines" stuff is hogwash. I've spent darn year a whole year looking this stuff up and down from every angle I (and others) could think of. And I've yet to see so much as a single credible piece of evidence that says that the Paks would go nuclear in any war scenario How about...
by Prasenjit Medhi
19 Nov 2002 21:26
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: SEAD ops in the IAF
Replies: 106
Views: 41213

Re: SEAD ops in the IAF

What about SEAD through use of land based BM's and land/air cruise missiles for notable C^(gah cant ever remember all the C's)I clusters and long range, non mobile SAM's, and then strafing of low profile SAM targets(shoulder fired, truck portable) through UCAV's, in future? Only using manned a/c wit...
by Prasenjit Medhi
20 Oct 2002 20:31
Forum: Military History Archive
Topic: Remembering a War: The 1962 Indo-China War
Replies: 224
Views: 52481

Re: Remembering a War: The 1962 Indo-China War

1962 had a similar effect on India as France's humilation by Germany in 1871, in that, that conflict confirmed France's status as a contintental power that was secondary to Germany. It was a seminal event, agreed. But the effects need not be permanent. India and China will roughly be of similar size...
by Prasenjit Medhi
10 Feb 2002 02:06
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Agni-I/SR: Strategic Implications (Thread 3)
Replies: 25
Views: 11337

Re: Agni-I/SR: Strategic Implications (Thread 3)

vinod_raman:<p>I dont think there is a need to develop an ICBM, atm. No need to invent more and immensely powerful enemies. And with a future sub based deterrent, distant potential foes can be brought under striking range, or more prosaicly, a sub nuke arm will potentially constitute a deterrent aga...
by Prasenjit Medhi
09 Feb 2002 19:07
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Agni-I/SR: Strategic Implications (Thread 3)
Replies: 25
Views: 11337

Re: Agni-I/SR: Strategic Implications (Thread 3)

Peeyoosh, Pakistan has not even formulated a draft nuclear doctrine, apart from vague assurances that they have a proper command and control system in place.<p>They have categorily refused to adhere to no first use. No-first-use translates to launch on impact, more or less(well launch on warning als...
by Prasenjit Medhi
09 Feb 2002 18:14
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Agni-I/SR: Strategic Implications (Thread 3)
Replies: 25
Views: 11337

Re: Agni-I/SR: Strategic Implications (Thread 3)

>>Some might argue that the strategic step would not be recognised by Pakistan which would claim that any missile moving towards Pakistan would be treated as nuclear payloaded..<<<p>I dont think that India has to make any statement regarding which of its missiles are going to be used for what purpos...
by Prasenjit Medhi
09 Feb 2002 17:10
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Agni-I/SR: Strategic Implications (Thread 3)
Replies: 25
Views: 11337

Re: Agni-I/SR: Strategic Implications (Thread 3)

Peeyoosh says:<p> <blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr> The rhetoric apart - anuclear war on teh subcontinent stands at the use of between 4-10 wepaons with a loss of life BELOW 125,000 on either side from direct impact. The "billion dead holucast" si pure drivel. <hr></...
by Prasenjit Medhi
06 May 2001 14:53
Forum: Military History Archive
Topic: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II
Replies: 115
Views: 50122

Re: Supreme Valour: IA Units in World War II

Im actually doing an asana, balanced on my head, clapping, while typing this too. Not that you can see me, either http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/ubb/smile.gif <P>Im all for archiving this thread at some point admins! Minus the spirited and plentiful compliments, including from yours truly http://www....

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