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by Y I Patel
26 Oct 2020 07:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5635
Views: 713007

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

India is probably not going to be too pleased to hear this:

Putin: Russia-China Military alliance can't be ruled out
by Y I Patel
22 Oct 2020 08:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5635
Views: 713007

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

The first post in this page, just from last June, talks about an upcoming India-Russia bilateral summit. I recall reading another related article that this summit would involve Putin visiting India in October. That is clearly not going to happen in the next nine days, certainly not with India US 2x2...
by Y I Patel
20 Oct 2020 07:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 5227
Views: 966445

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

Excellent article on the merger of Sikkim with India... a huge strategic win, against American machinations. Worth saving somewhere, just for the record. Sikkim is the middle finger in Mao's five fingers, and guess what happened to it! Let's give credit to those SDRE Raa agints who made this happen!...
by Y I Patel
15 Oct 2020 00:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 2392
Views: 397769

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

Here we go https://www.indiatoday.in/world/story/chinese-president-xi-jinping-asks-troops-to-prepare-for-war-be-absolutely-loyal-report-1731545-2020-10-14 https://edition.cnn.com/2020/10/14/asia/xi-jinping-taiwan-us-esper-intl-hnk/index.html "Xi Jinping emphasised that it is necessary to uphol...
by Y I Patel
12 Oct 2020 05:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 2392
Views: 397769

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

Interesting. It could be a feint to make India amass troops and then start raining munition on the massed troops. Sir troops are amassed by both sides, and both sides can rain munitions. Dont know what YIP meant, I would think that these troops can be used to take back POK. Just like the Chinese di...
by Y I Patel
09 Oct 2020 23:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 2392
Views: 397769

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

There is so much focus on winter preparations. This makes me suspicious.

What if the real plan is not to tough it out through the winter?

Another thought: winter is a consideration only for land forces. For the most part, air power would not be similarly constrained.
by Y I Patel
02 Oct 2020 02:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 2392
Views: 397769

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

The CCP is going to have an important meeting Oct 26-29. US is very likely to be in great turmoil after the elections, i.e. Nov 5 So my 2 cents is that China will not do anything major before that. After that, depends on US election results. Since onset of winter is so close and a two front approach...
by Y I Patel
14 Sep 2020 01:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 2392
Views: 397769

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

Rohit

Congratulations on your amazing progress - groundbreaking journalism on SFF for IT, interviews on TV... your expertise is now being recognized well beyond BRF, but I know I speak for all over here that we are very proud of you! Best wishes for your new initiative to post on Youtube.
by Y I Patel
14 Sep 2020 00:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 2392
Views: 397769

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

There is a very overt insinuation by vested interests that India needs external support to successfully deal with China. One major success in settling this issue without too much bloodshed will be a demonstration that India can push back China by itself. That would be a huge gain for India's interna...
by Y I Patel
12 Sep 2020 06:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 2392
Views: 397769

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

We have not reversed anything sir, we are just doing defensive maneuvers to avoid any further Chinese mischief. Something we should have done long before in here and in other areas. This 5 point agreement is not an agreement . It is just a diplomatic statement of intent . The danger here is the Chi...
by Y I Patel
11 Sep 2020 23:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 2392
Views: 397769

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

The 5-point joint statement demolishes a great myth that has been built over decades: that India should be fearful of provoking China. If China was truly provoked, what India did on the Kailash Range should have resulted in nothing short of an all-out war. After all, India reoccupied a range that co...
by Y I Patel
11 Sep 2020 03:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 2392
Views: 397769

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

I have difficulty believing that any power on earth can dislodge the Indian Army from a mountain ridge. The Chinese attempts after August end are probes to discover gaps in the Indian deployment. Good luck with that. That said, there appear to be undercurrents on the Chinese side which may cause the...
by Y I Patel
07 Sep 2020 00:10
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966913

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

The Sunday Guardian article - very well written overall, but it is the details that sent a thrill down my spine: First, it was a brigade level assault (let's now call it what it actually was). This was known though from previous articles. Now it gets exciting The assault brigade (which contained SFF...
by Y I Patel
06 Sep 2020 08:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966913

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

Thanks Ankit. Phurchuk La offers pretty good + protected access to the ridge line. It will permit a sustainable presence on that ridge for Indian forces; I suspect protecting access to that pass must have been the major priority of the preemptive operation. Yula La is a bit to the east of the zig za...
by Y I Patel
06 Sep 2020 06:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966913

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

Ankit Desai wrote:
You sure Rezang La's coordinates are correct ? Right of international boundary ! and too far from Requin La.



-Ankit


Yes, I must have gotten a wrong set of coordinates for Rezang La. Here's the correct set, right to the east of Rechin La: 33°24'50"N 78°52'29"E
by Y I Patel
06 Sep 2020 05:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966913

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

Wikimapia is a goldmine -coordinates of important passes in the Spangur Tso area copied below. Kind of makes sense, but note that in this case Requin La is to the left of Rezang La - when looking eastwards. Rezang La: 33°24'50"N 78°52'29"E <-- corrected later Requin La: 33°25'6"N 78°5...
by Y I Patel
06 Sep 2020 05:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966913

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

But my confusion is because GE puts Reqin La on the Western side of the ridge line. I can understand it if it were on the Eastern side. If we don't already have control over the entire Tsaka La road that connects Chushul and Dungti (which Reqin La abuts), we have bigger problems! So I assume that t...
by Y I Patel
06 Sep 2020 01:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966913

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

OMG - that operational map, notice a yellow circle with 27 in it. Looks like location of Patrol Point 27!
by Y I Patel
06 Sep 2020 01:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966913

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

@anoop - Well, it does not hurt to underscore every signal domestically as well as internationally. Indian media are going to be very closely monitored by everyone, and this piece on ITBP is clearly being played up by multiple media outlets. Some like Nitin Gokhle are upset that ToI released what is...
by Y I Patel
06 Sep 2020 00:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966913

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrZ6bLUAzF0 That interview underlines the sorely lacking need for a host who is even remotely listening to what his guests are saying, instead of probably what his producer is saying in his ear or his voices are saying in his head! 4 times his guests said that there ...
by Y I Patel
05 Sep 2020 22:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966913

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

IIRC I read somewhere that there are 65 odd Patrol Points from KKP to Chumur... the article below from print mentions that PP 27 to 31 are in the Spangur Gap area... IA holds 30 dominating heights in the Spangur Gap area I like how cleanly the LAC is depicted in the above article - Kala Top is just ...
by Y I Patel
05 Sep 2020 22:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966913

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

In this image, the yellow and orange markings are very significant . The markings are noticeable even on the north bank of Pangong Tso, and the colors correspond to known Indian and Chinese positions. Given the markings, note what no one in media is talking about - the markings to the northeast of K...
by Y I Patel
05 Sep 2020 10:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966913

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

TOI reporting that ITBP has now reinforced SFF in the Kala Top area https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/itbp-men-now-hold-key-positions-near-black-top/articleshow/77941669.cms Let's add a couple of passes to our knowledge - Phurchuk La pass is the one from where our soldiers seem to be getting...
by Y I Patel
05 Sep 2020 01:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966913

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

Rezang La was a defeat seared into our collective memory. The Chinese too lost 100s in capturing it. History was overturned overnight, apparently without a shot being fired. So we need to think deeply about why such a monumental achievement is being underplayed. I believe that there is a larger purp...
by Y I Patel
04 Sep 2020 23:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966913

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

^^^ Kadi Ninda doing what he does best. :mrgreen:
by Y I Patel
04 Sep 2020 07:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966913

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

There are many good reasons to doubt the reliability of US support for India, and many good reasons to not doubt it. But only one reason matters: China has asked US to butt out of this dispute. So now US is forced to take India's side, because if it does not the whole world will say that it is frigh...
by Y I Patel
03 Sep 2020 18:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966913

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

@manjgu - I have a post several weeks ago on Ane La, Piu La and Tratsang La. Rolling down Ane La or the other two passes would enable IA to threaten Fort Khurnak, which is way to the east of Sirijap (Finger 8 ) and on the AJ line aka India’s border with Tibet
by Y I Patel
01 Sep 2020 08:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966913

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

Per Telegraph India, IA has "occupied" a Chinese camp. Now, towards the east of Black Top there is a pass that connect the Pangang Tso with the Spanggur Tso. There is a track across this pass that connects the southern bank of Pangang Tso with the Chinese base at Spanggur gap general area...
by Y I Patel
07 Aug 2020 05:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 3721
Views: 687483

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

Appointment as CAG speaks to the level of trust Modiji has in GC Murmu - this is no demotion, unlike how The Print is spinning it. Murmu will now be in the vital position till after the next elections. Yet another major institution recovered from the Lutyens Mafia
by Y I Patel
28 Jul 2020 01:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966913

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

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/india-moves-squadron-of-missile-firing-t-90-tanks-to-last-post-near-karakoram-pass/story-h4LtB6PZXtiYpMadupySlK.html India moves squadron of missile-firing T-90 tanks to last outpost near Karakoram Pass The remarkable thing about this article is the detail ...
by Y I Patel
21 Jul 2020 06:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966913

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

... my frnd climbed apsarasas complex as part of army mountaineering expedition ( when i am back in delhi will try to post pics which he had shared) ... he said from the top looking towards shaksagam pass is a sea of snow and is totally glaciated..vvv hard terrain... for any kind of movement... whi...
by Y I Patel
20 Jul 2020 00:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K Union Territory-2019
Replies: 3721
Views: 687483

Re: J&K Union Territory-2019

The wisdom of appointing a seasoned bureaucrat as the LG of JK is now becoming clear - the way to eradicating terrorism is through regulatory and administrative reforms, not through enhanced CT ops. Those are already as good as they can get, but are only firefighting at best. The solution to permane...
by Y I Patel
20 Jul 2020 00:16
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3824
Views: 697675

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Thank you for pointing that out! I started noticing the correlation between positioning of newly raised IA divisions in the NE and major lines of communication, and I was hoping to see something similar for 39 Div based in Yol which is going to need as rapid a deployment as possible from now on The ...
by Y I Patel
19 Jul 2020 22:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966913

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

... 1) Which retd. generals said that YIP? any links 2) I checked your theory with someone from IA ( retd)..he said no LARGE body of troops on foot can make it into siachen from north ( its a heavily glaciated area ) Till which point is the motorable road as per u?? as per him u can enter siachen t...
by Y I Patel
19 Jul 2020 22:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966913

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

^^^ If the balloon does go up, my fondest wish is that IN does a number on Djibouti. They can keep pitching tents on Finger 4 till kingdom come Aren't the Chinese perched on Coco islands? A quiet operation to clear that area would be better. The naval strike should be as loud and public as possible...
by Y I Patel
19 Jul 2020 19:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966913

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

^^^ If the balloon does go up, my fondest wish is that IN does a number on Djibouti. They can keep pitching tents on Finger 4 till kingdom come
by Y I Patel
19 Jul 2020 07:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966913

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

Here's a historical tidbit that give a lot of insight into the geographic connections: In 1965, the legendary Chewang Rinchen was tasked to protect KKP in case the Chinese tried anything funny during India-Pak hostilities. At that time, Turtuk and Chalunka were with Pak (Rinchen captured them for In...
by Y I Patel
19 Jul 2020 07:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 966913

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

Why do retired IA Generals keep saying capture of DBO would fatally weaken India's control over Siachen Glacier? One of the optical illusions of geography is that we think of Siachen Glacier as being at the source of the Nubra River, and we think of Karakoram Pass as that huge triangle away from it...

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