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by Vidur
22 Mar 2018 23:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3363
Views: 336189

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: 3363
Views: 336189

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: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1061
Views: 169263

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...
by Vidur
22 Mar 2018 22:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3363
Views: 336189

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

My classmate an IRS officer was asked this question by an MES (Indian Defense Service of Engineers) officer. ''While IAS and IPS officers are paid (corruption) to deliver on something (sanction something, release prisoner/change evidence) you in Income Tax get paid anyway (cut)''. Just shows the men...
by Vidur
22 Mar 2018 21:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3363
Views: 336189

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Vidur, I get your point of view. I believe the bureaucracy is the permanent fixture of Delhi since the Sultanate. And even before of the many kingdoms and rajas. Its components might change but its role is the same. So abolishing it will bring it in some other form. Even the British adopted our adm...
by Vidur
22 Mar 2018 13:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1061
Views: 169263

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

Sir, I absolutely did not say that on the Arjun thread. You said that 'Engineer in me rebels when I am told that I need to have a 4 man crew, better suspension, better armour but no weight'. I challenged that and said that between T90 and Arjun 1 there was a significant weight increase allowed and r...
by Vidur
22 Mar 2018 12:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1061
Views: 169263

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

I also do not understand the angst when the LCA project is finally taking off and strong commitment has been made by all concerned. Why this negativity ? As far as I know the relationships between the IAF and ADA as evidenced by the NTFC are excellent. I have never seen such a high level of mutual r...
by Vidur
22 Mar 2018 12:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3363
Views: 336189

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

I was curious so read it. Some points are illuminating - I was not aware of the situation in Kashmir. His points about the bureaucracy are unfortunatley correct. The steel frame has become a noose around the republic and unless it is radically reformed or abolished we will not achieve our developmen...
by Vidur
22 Mar 2018 12:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1061
Views: 169263

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

Akshay sir, You got me wrong. I was not speaking of MMRCA program of 2001. I have supported that program all throughout. I am speaking of the new MMRCA program which is being talked about in 2018.There is a different thread for it and you can read about it there. He is saying it in the same breath ...
by Vidur
06 Mar 2018 21:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1579
Views: 189371

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

I agree with all your assertions and I hope we all heed your urge. I will try to moderate on similar lines. At the same time, the engineer in me does revolt a little. How can I give you every capability you want of a Arjun at the weight of a T-90. You ask for better armour, better mobility, better ...
by Vidur
06 Mar 2018 00:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1579
Views: 189371

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

I would urge all members of this forum to be a bit realistic and even handed in their comments. There is a strong desire for indegnistaion here and that is good. Perhaps because you are mostly all Engineers ? But do try to understand operational issues. The Tactics&Military Craft thread is a ver...
by Vidur
06 Mar 2018 00:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1579
Views: 189371

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

I don’t like to comment on specific equipment but I am constrained to say that there must be more introspection before making wild insinuations. Arjun while an adequate tank does need weight reduction in MK2 and it is the development agency’s responsibility to do so. In general DRDO has been given a...
by Vidur
05 Mar 2018 23:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tactics & military craft
Replies: 334
Views: 21695

Re: Tactics & military craft

Good that discussion has started again. You must keep this up.
by Vidur
11 Feb 2018 21:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K News and Discussion - 2016
Replies: 1900
Views: 281192

Re: J&K News and Discussion - 2016

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DVvSJiTX0AAiuB5.jpg:large Unless there is a public outcry and national outrage think nothing will change. Will be instructive to see the government response. But ultimately if India needs to change it has to come bottom up. Top down won’t happen. Judiciary and media is c...
by Vidur
05 Feb 2018 20:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3363
Views: 336189

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Calvin your math is also wrong. The ratio of 1:20 is number of secy level posts of IAS officers vs serving IAS officers ! How do other cadres come in ? You can do the same calculation for IPS, IFS etc, allied services etc separately. I really wish Vidur would comment You had asked me to comment so ...
by Vidur
05 Feb 2018 19:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3363
Views: 336189

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

This FIR is worrying and is a bad precedent. Technically any death from armed action can be classified as 'murder' so in the very extreme this can lead to a situation where every action by Indian security forces can be called a murder. All that is needed is a subverted police force and judiciary.
by Vidur
01 Feb 2018 14:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3363
Views: 336189

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Akshay Kapoor I got your PM. Busy week. You raise important points and I don’t disagree. Will try to give some more comments on Sunday.
by Vidur
26 Jan 2018 15:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Two and Half Front War Scenario
Replies: 198
Views: 16988

Re: Two and Half Front War Scenario

List of Requirements as Theatre Commander West - Northern Command, Western Command, South Western Command and Southern Command + WAC and SWAC 1. What is the political objective - defined as clearly as possible A nswer - There is no defined political objective and don't expect it. At the cost of bei...
by Vidur
18 Jan 2018 00:36
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 477681

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

IAF is following their mandate and it’s not their job to root for an unmade untested article. They have been quite supportive and patient. The article has many misrepresentations.
by Vidur
17 Jan 2018 19:07
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 477681

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

There is some confusion in the article. He is confusing the decision for MK1A orders with the Single Engine Fighter requirement. There has never been any doubt on the MK1A orders. The presentation was made in context of a further evolution of Tejas. I cannot say more than this.
by Vidur
06 Jan 2018 15:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tactics & military craft
Replies: 334
Views: 21695

Re: Tactics & military craft

Good effort and an interesting high quality discussion. This is what I came to this forum for. Look forward to more.
by Vidur
06 Jan 2018 15:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3363
Views: 336189

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

sohamn wrote:https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/defence-ministry-withdraws-order-seen-to-downgrade-military-officers-1796445

Nirmalaji rescinds the earlier order.


A good decision. More is needed.
by Vidur
26 Oct 2017 11:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions
Replies: 95
Views: 8329

Re: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions

Vidur sir, Any idea what does the Mr.Cowshish mean by augmenting financial resources in the last para of the article?? It means increasing the budget. I saw an unfortunate comment by a moderator on another thread so I have decided to not participate in discussions for some time. But I do believe I ...
by Vidur
26 Oct 2017 11:32
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 477681

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

This illustrates an important point - the security paradigm is tighter in the services than in DRDO. There have been many instances where there has been leak of sensitive information from the DRDO some which have been reported in the press and others that haven't. This has been brought up and discu...
by Vidur
26 Oct 2017 10:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions
Replies: 95
Views: 8329

Re: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions

Re above posts - The main issues are : 1. Dysfunctional structure - the players with the highest domain expertise and stake have the responsibility but no authority - services, the players with the lowest domain expertise and moderate stake constitutionally have both the responsibility and authority...
by Vidur
26 Oct 2017 10:14
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 477681

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Niravji, Let's me tell you an incident that occurred with me in AI'17. I was talking to one of the Engg officers of the Flying Daggers for a small research I am working on and asked him to clarify what was the max fuel that the Tejas would carry from an operational perspective and if a MAR is facto...
by Vidur
06 Oct 2017 15:43
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 477681

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

Am going to take a break for a few days. Happy Diwali to all of you.
by Vidur
06 Oct 2017 15:39
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 477681

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

And iterate back and forth. Oh, we are very good at iterations. Its called a file noting. There are 11 steps in procurement and 10 drops of ink at any stage by event a Under secretary can set back a nationally critical project by years if not decades. Even the honble judicary helps. They were kind ...
by Vidur
06 Oct 2017 15:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions
Replies: 95
Views: 8329

Re: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions

Sirji, probably I did not word it properly. The extra money will go in a non-lapse fund, which GOI will use for next year's budget. If MoD puts back 50 billion in year one into this fund, then the same will used in the next year budget of 100billion. After year 2, 49 billion will be put back in the...
by Vidur
06 Oct 2017 15:23
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 477681

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

I am sorry but this just reiterates to the average citizen how dysfunctional our system really is Vidur ji (not blaming the messenger, but merely noting the below): . It is a dysfunctional system and frankly its a miracle when something positive happens. OT - I had very little knowledge of defcne f...
by Vidur
06 Oct 2017 15:02
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 477681

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

uly 31, 2017 The 13th five-year defence plan (2017-22) envisages an allocation of Rs 26,83,924 crore for the armed forces.1 This includes Rs 13,95,271 crore under the revenue segment and the remainder for defraying the capital expenditure. Given the secrecy surrounding the plans, it is unlikely that...
by Vidur
06 Oct 2017 14:59
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 477681

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

For instance, has anyone in the MOD or the DM sought an IAF explanation on the detailed specifications achieved by the LCA & how they compare vis a vis to the existing fleet. Next, why can't the MOD seek out independent, unbiased contractors under non-disclosure norms from private industry or a...
by Vidur
06 Oct 2017 14:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions
Replies: 95
Views: 8329

Re: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions

- an increase in defence budget to atleast 3.5% of GDP with a statutory allocation to defence which cannot lapse and cannot be returned to MOF 3.5 is double of current budget and given the state of MOD which gave back roughly 1 billion last year, they will start giving back 50 billion. GoI will use...
by Vidur
06 Oct 2017 14:05
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017
Replies: 3500
Views: 477681

Re: LCA: News & Discussions: 15 August 2017

As I have said (in vain) before DAC approval has been given. IAF role is only to bring AON request to DAC after which the procurement process takes over. Most of you are barking up the wrong tree. It is rather frustrating to have an informed discussion when people have such strong preconceptions and...
by Vidur
06 Oct 2017 13:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions
Replies: 95
Views: 8329

Re: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions

4. The colonial institutions of the IAS/IPS were used to run the country with almost no substantive reform and as time passed, naturally a system designed for exploitation changed from exploitation for the colonial master to exploitation for the system - Indian politicians and bureaucrats.That is w...
by Vidur
05 Oct 2017 21:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions
Replies: 95
Views: 8329

Re: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions

I had given this link before and strongly recommend reading this. http://www.idsa.in/idsacomments/13th-five-year-defence-plan-2017-22_acowshish_310717 Shauryaji , To ensure that quality of the discussion is maintained I would suggest readers please read the links posted before including the DPP from...
by Vidur
05 Oct 2017 21:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions
Replies: 95
Views: 8329

Re: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions

Vidur, There must be a permanent bureaucracy somewhere deep in Delhi. Cant rely on transient IAS officers. What about the second rung officers in MoD are they permanently attached to the Ministry? How does MHA do it? thanks for taking the time to pen you thoughts. IAS and IPS officers are allotted ...
by Vidur
05 Oct 2017 20:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3363
Views: 336189

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

T Sarkar, I found your insights very useful and agree with you. I also think the article does not say that forces should be reduced, it is merely advancing a way of creating more reserves which can be employed as needed to better effect. Interaction with domain experts like you is one reason I came ...
by Vidur
04 Oct 2017 22:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions
Replies: 95
Views: 8329

Re: MoD:Defence Procurement Policies Issues and Discussions

Posting this post as it has some relevent points I think. I am sharing some thoughts as promised. These are my personal thoughts and certainly not an official view. Please take them as such. There maybe some spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. Please excuse those. It was written in a few snatc...

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