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by Vidur
09 Nov 2019 14:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion
Replies: 1043
Views: 84014

Re: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion

ramana wrote:Only thing is SC used Art 142 to give 5 acres which is beyond the case at hand.

This is judicial overreach.


Agree. More decolonisation and clarity of judicial minds needed.
by Vidur
09 Nov 2019 14:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion
Replies: 1043
Views: 84014

Re: The Ram Janmbhoomi Verdict: News and Discussion

Ram Janambhoomi verdict can be seen as quasi judicial rather than pure judicial. To get the 5-0 verdict the 5 acres of land for mosque had to be given. As I observed earlier on a different thread, organizational strength and resolve of different communities plays a role in such disputes. If Hindus w...
by Vidur
06 Nov 2019 17:48
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3691
Views: 378378

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

How on earth can cops get beaten up mercilessly by Lawyers or for that matter anyone ? Only in India, cops are beaten black and blue by anyone. What happened to macho, rude, flippant and aggressive policeman of Delhi ? It depends on relative strength of organization and will to fight. Lawyers have ...
by Vidur
26 Oct 2019 15:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1463
Views: 419329

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

Maybe vidur can tell us? 1. Payment as per contract is responsibility of the contracting party which in most cases is Government of India. Raksha Mantralaya administers the contracts including payment. 2. Funds come from the annual budget as per Finance Bill. 3. Services enter into contracts direct...
by Vidur
09 Oct 2019 21:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3676
Views: 799076

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

the other guy is the unit SNCO ..the maintenance chap. i think its Air Cdme hansel not Gp Capt. Hansel is one officer to watch out as a potential high flyer in AF. No the CO getting the award is a Gp Capt. Notice the 4 stripes. Air Cmde has one thick stripe. This information is kind courtesy of 'lo...
by Vidur
27 Sep 2019 00:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 3441
Views: 482627

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

The UNGA has been successful for us. The PM's diplomacy , the diaspora's Howdy Modi have all gone according to plan. Trump has not said anything that impacts our policies. I am pleased with how things have gone.
by Vidur
23 Sep 2019 11:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 3441
Views: 482627

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Was there at Howdy Modi event. All the stars are aligning. Hoping for dramatic change in Indo-US relationship. Just a few hundred protestors and not the thousands the media is stating. One of your ex members Akshay was at the London events. He will be pleased that Houston went so well. My thanks to...
by Vidur
23 Sep 2019 11:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 3441
Views: 482627

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Talk is cheap. Let's see how DTs admin behaves after all this. From what I see DT admin has been pretty hard on all immigrant community especially Indians due to all the visa related restrictions etc. If India still needs leverage from US to control J&K then it's not a good sign. Indian America...
by Vidur
19 Sep 2019 22:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1463
Views: 419329

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

All stars are lined up - PM, RM, and the air chief for LCA. Even then it does not happen or is delayed, you know how deep the rot is. What forces are aligned against it. I would hope there is some house cleaning, whoever is deliberately stopping it No one is deliberately stopping it. Hard to let go...
by Vidur
14 Sep 2019 12:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3691
Views: 378378

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

A functioning law and order system is more dependent on moral and ethical strength of its populace along with relative economic well being of its people and extremely less on Police capabilities. I disagree with this statement, and I think you're conflating multiple things into a single topic. Peop...
by Vidur
12 Sep 2019 14:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3032
Views: 586383

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

History will not be kind to Indian Armed forces and their ad hoc, corrupt procurement practices. The list is building up - Marut, Arjun, Netra. Hopefully LCA can be successful to reverse the opinion of domestic built weaponry. IAF should have ordered 15-20 of these beauties - but then they wanted t...
by Vidur
12 Sep 2019 14:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion
Replies: 3032
Views: 586383

Re: Airborne Early Warning & Control: News & Discussion

Karan, in Pakistan, the defence services are the decision makers, unlike in India. There is nobody to overrule them or tell them we can't afford what you want, or that you can't just buy something without going through a process or the manufacturer you are looking for has been blacklisted. There is...
by Vidur
07 Sep 2019 16:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1463
Views: 419329

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

Incorrect. AON benchmark and approval was 50,000. Price quoted by HAL was much higher. Hence the delay. Kindly check this thread carefully. Disappointing that it is hard to get cut through biases and mindsets. That quote is from a news article. You can read it for yourself. HAL to receive Rs 45,000...
by Vidur
07 Sep 2019 13:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1463
Views: 419329

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

The Acceptance of Necessity given by the Defence Ministry over two years ago was Rs 50,000 crore but the price determined by the ministry's cost committee was reduced to around Rs 45,000 crore. So they wasted 2-years just to reduce the price by Rs 5,000 crore [from Rs 50,000 crore to Rs 45,000 cror...
by Vidur
06 Sep 2019 23:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1463
Views: 419329

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

$7 B order for 83 LCA fighters by year-end The IAF expects HAL to deliver 16 LCA Mk 1A fighters every year. HAL's MS Velpari announced that an elaborate ecosystem had been established for the timely manufacture of the LCA. "HAL will only be the integrator. Not one of the 5,000 components for t...
by Vidur
30 Aug 2019 18:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3691
Views: 378378

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Is there any mandate for the RBI to hold such a huge amount of reserves ? ..How did this happen in the first place ? Isnt this almost like saving away and not using anything at all ( a very naive picturisation of a shylock packing all his wealth under his bed while the house and even his cloth are ...
by Vidur
30 Aug 2019 03:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3691
Views: 378378

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Reserves belong to the shareholders and not to the company (RBI). the reserves truly belong to the GoI and ultimately to the public. +72. what exactly was/is its risk universe and what are the mitigations that it seeks to deploy, does anyone actually know This is the print article on RBI https://th...
by Vidur
25 Aug 2019 16:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1463
Views: 419329

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

Thank you for your thoughts. Re the services angle, the main issue is that they are not decision makers and have virtually no financial powers. The majority of the problem lies with us in the ministry. Let me give you an example - I won't take the name of the system but a private sector player creat...
by Vidur
25 Aug 2019 13:35
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Om Shanti: Shri Arun Jaitley Shradhanjali
Replies: 37
Views: 3029

Re: Om Shanti: Shri Arun Jaitley Shradhanjali

A big loss. Arun Jaitley ji was a pillar of strength for PM Narendra Modi. Very unfortunate just like Parikkar ji. These are difficult vacums to fill.
by Vidur
25 Aug 2019 13:19
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3676
Views: 799076

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

https://m.economictimes.com/news/defence/5-iaf-officers-held-guilty-of-shooting-down-own-chopper/amp_articleshow/70812964.cms loosing choper in friendly fire was bad news.. 5 officers found guilty is worse.. Responsibility had to be tracked otherwise things cannot be remedied. The military determin...
by Vidur
25 Aug 2019 12:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1463
Views: 419329

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

No attempt to delay Tejas. Malicious to blame IAF. Re process I suggest a group of 3 posters study DPP in detail and using it do a bit of Sherlock Holmes work to see what is happening. This will help learning, critical thinking and improve quality of this forum. A post below made some useful points...
by Vidur
23 Aug 2019 23:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Modi announces Chief of Defence Staff
Replies: 44
Views: 9282

Re: Modi announces Chief of Defence Staff

CDS is a good start, but has to be followed up with integration of the MOD and the forces' HQs, with the CDS in charge. The integrated HQ needs to be manned by personnel from the forces and not by general-purpose bureaucrats. And here lies the crux. I would recommend all serious followers of defenc...
by Vidur
23 Aug 2019 13:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3366
Views: 527289

Re: Su-30MKI: News and Discussion - August 9, 2014

No Mig 29s are defensive platforms owing to range. Su 30s will be needed, whether IAF likes it or not. Lump it. Fate was decided when those heading the IAF in the first decade and a half of this century slept on the wheels. Sir, while I will blame the IAF leadership of that time for dismissing the ...
by Vidur
22 Aug 2019 15:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 1463
Views: 419329

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

From reports (internets) it seems D&D money for LCA Mk1A is sanctioned, and the LCA Mk1A production order will be given when it reaches a certain level of maturity (prototype?). It seems MOD just doesn't get the fact the suppliers need payments in advance and delays in testing & certificati...
by Vidur
08 Aug 2019 21:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4009
Views: 628737

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Good to see you back. Your insights are very useful. But please exercise caution when posting possible operational options even if they are from your thought process. Request you consider significantly edit/delete above.
by Vidur
01 Aug 2019 23:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K News and Discussion - 2016
Replies: 3305
Views: 592051

Re: J&K News and Discussion - 2016

Either we are living under a rock, or there is a deliberate attempt by GoI to censor any information coming out of the valley. Several companies of SSB and ITBP were airlifted into Srinagar this evening. Not sure if related but COAS, met with with the Governor today. Sir no censoring of casualties ...
by Vidur
31 Jul 2019 18:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3691
Views: 378378

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

Its not about whether its implementable or not, in the short term. Using emojis suggests you haven't thought through what I stated and are reacting off the spur. Fact is the average M is aware of the reach of the armed IPS, and hence is (despite bravura bluster) upset cops stand in the way. They kn...
by Vidur
31 Jul 2019 18:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3691
Views: 378378

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

The only time in my career when I felt persecuted by the system was after I made a remark in 2014. In a social gathering I commented that Modi's slogan of 'Ek haath me Quoran ek haath mein laptop' will only lead to very educated terrorists. It was borne out of my experience as at District, Sate and ...
by Vidur
27 Jul 2019 13:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 3441
Views: 482627

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

I believe there is real need to have reset on US-India Relationship and it should be back to Mutually beneficial relationship. A review of all past agreements right from 123 agreement ,LEMOA and COMCASA. If there is no Strategic relationship why have one sided Military purchases, logistic agreement...
by Vidur
24 Jul 2019 22:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 3441
Views: 482627

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Vidur thanks for the key point you made. Its how the govt percieves its mandate. Folks thinking more about DT getting pally with IK run TSP, its domestic politics. DT needs the deep state to align with him as he faces headwinds from Mueller report etc. This is the price he had to pay to get that su...
by Vidur
24 Jul 2019 18:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 3441
Views: 482627

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Does it really? The babus and netas with wards studying/working in the US on various "scholarships", won't they continue on their current track, after all it's bread&butter vs (transient) optics. NM should bring in conflict of interest clauses in employment of babus with wards in fore...
by Vidur
19 Jul 2019 23:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3676
Views: 799076

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

May I take the liberty of repeating myself once again - there is a detailed long term planning process. Step 1 - Long Term Perspective Plan made by services and approved by Cabinet after Raksha Mantralya due endorsement Step 2 - 5 Year Defence Plan flows from this and is also duly approved as above ...
by Vidur
17 Jul 2019 00:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3676
Views: 799076

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Contractual obligation means signed contracts. It was implied that we fulfill contracts with foreign parties but not with domestic. That is untrue. Not referring to impetus to indegenisation. May read my first ever post on this forum and also the one on Army thread. Also if you have interest some po...
by Vidur
16 Jul 2019 23:36
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3676
Views: 799076

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Can govt. impose steep financial penalties for additional business instead of outright banning trading which indirectly or directly hurts our own interest of getting spares for the existing investment (refer ban on Pilatus, similarly ban on Italian Torpedo (Black Shark) manufacturer -- the list is ...
by Vidur
16 Jul 2019 23:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3676
Views: 799076

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

I echo Karan. Great post. You have clarified much of the ambiguity. Just a few questions. May I take the liberty to very briefly address some of these questions? 1. Re the technical capability of the equipment in question the above points are not entirely correct. 2. The budget process is this - se...
by Vidur
14 Jul 2019 17:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4009
Views: 628737

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

MOD needs Political Will June 28, 2019 IAS/Allied Services control of National Defence makes India very weak A. Critical situation: National security policy and control of armed forces is rightly vested in the elected government by the constitution. However this control is not exercised by the elec...
by Vidur
14 Jul 2019 17:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4009
Views: 628737

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Brigades and Divisions have their own place in military operations. Unfortunately due to Ministry of Defence downgrading Brigadiers/Commodore/Air Commodore from Flag Rank, the IA is merging Brigades (commanded by Brigadiers) and Divisions (Commanded by Major Generals) into IBG commanded by Major Ge...
by Vidur
22 Mar 2018 23:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4009
Views: 628737

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

The Economist has the Hamburger Index for relative buying power of different currencies. In Civil Service we have the dowry index - relative earning power of various professions ! Last year that for the first time IIM was bid higher than IAS/IPS - the bidder was a minister of the erstwhile UP gover...
by Vidur
22 Mar 2018 23:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 4009
Views: 628737

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

The Economist has the Hamburger Index for relative buying power of different currencies. In Civil Service we have the dowry index - relative earning power of various professions ! Last year that for the first time IIM was bid higher than IAS/IPS - the bidder was a minister of the erstwhile UP govern...
by Vidur
22 Mar 2018 22:51
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3910
Views: 914133

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

Sudeepj makes a very important point. One crash and the program is all but dead. This is typical because as a nation we crinkle up our noses at anything Indian - we the educated are attuned to thinking about our compatriots the way a Brit colonizer or other superior but patronizing being might look...

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