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by HarshS
19 Jul 2011 15:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Fiction : Naval blockade of Pakistan
Replies: 63
Views: 12017

The mood inside Pakistan

Meanwhile in Karachi, there was celebration at the sinking of INS Rajput and the damage to INS Godavari. The “escape” of the three damaged warships was also made much off—their captains were felicitated for their daring (earlier threats of execution for treason forgotten). However, across the port c...
by HarshS
18 Jul 2011 09:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Fiction : Naval blockade of Pakistan
Replies: 63
Views: 12017

Aftermath of the sinking

The morning of the fleet’s departure for hostile waters, the wife of the Naval Chief accompanied by the wife of the C-in-C of the Western Naval Command had met the wives of the officers and sailors—ship-by-ship—at the sprawling Western Naval Command Mess. There, they’d patiently answered the questio...
by HarshS
15 Jul 2011 12:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Fiction : Naval blockade of Pakistan
Replies: 63
Views: 12017

Re: Fiction : Naval blockade of Pakistan

1653: The Saudi crew has deserted its ship; they’re in boats pulling away. 1655: The limpet mines on board the Pakistani ship detonates. There’s a fireball and the ship vanishes. India’s blockade has claimed its first victim. 1656. Pakistani air force fighters reach missile launch range; informed ab...
by HarshS
14 Jul 2011 21:20
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Fiction : Naval blockade of Pakistan
Replies: 63
Views: 12017

Re: Fiction : Naval blockade of Pakistan

Day 2 of the blockade. Nothing happens. A large fleet of ships is now positioned across Pakistan’s coasts, in particular its two ports of Karachi and Gwadar. Ships are sailing in—merchant ships bring consumer goods to the economy; oil tankers from the Gulf; one Chinese ship bringing in weapons. Two ...
by HarshS
14 Jul 2011 16:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Fiction : Naval blockade of Pakistan
Replies: 63
Views: 12017

Second stage

Pakistan had observed the departure of the fleet (nothing could be kept a secret). So, it had sortied three of its ships sixteen hours later—it took them some time to fuel and embark munitions. The leading elements of the Indian fleet came past the Pakistan Navy ships 22 hours later, but under stric...
by HarshS
14 Jul 2011 10:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Fiction : Naval blockade of Pakistan
Replies: 63
Views: 12017

Re: Naval blockade of Pakistan

A war, but a different kind of war. Wait for my next posts--and yes, it is fiction--sigh!
by HarshS
14 Jul 2011 09:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Fiction : Naval blockade of Pakistan
Replies: 63
Views: 12017

Fiction : Naval blockade of Pakistan

1830 hrs: terror had the hit the country, again. 1900 hrs, New Delhi: the Cabinet Committee on Security met. This time, after a short discussion, it was decided that Pakistan would be punished, but in a different, unexpected way. The Navy would be leading the effort. 2000 hrs: Jeeps entered the Navy...
by HarshS
05 May 2011 19:18
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: News - Osama Bin Laden - killed In Pakistan
Replies: 2848
Views: 219290

How did it go from Baghram to the Carl Vinson?

I've beeen reading this thread for three days, and while I can't comment on other things, I'm curious about the connection to the Carl Vinson. The Helis reach Baghram around 1030 US time. Less than ten hours later the body's tipped into the see. HOw much time did the body spend in Afghanistan. How w...
by HarshS
03 Feb 2011 11:46
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 3950
Views: 999839

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Shiv, Didn't study physics at high school. Thanks for the update of why the fire started? akimalik, I'll go through the earlier posts but it wasn't clear to me whether the sinking could have been prevented, and before that why couldn't the fire have been put out faster--given that every thing that w...
by HarshS
02 Feb 2011 17:51
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 3950
Views: 999839

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

What surprises me is that after the collission, first how did the ship catch fire, second, how could the fire not be controlled, and third how did it sink. Yes, the firefighting shorted the pumps which flooded, but wasn't all this thought about. Thus, my worry is not the accident, it's the inability...
by HarshS
12 Mar 2010 16:11
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Spy Story – Generations
Replies: 153
Views: 24264

Awesome storytelling; haven't figured the Eggs yet

Dileep. Great stuff. Your layering of 1950s (when CG was in service) with 1730s is great, but I haven't figured it all out. However, the description of princes, places, players, and pretty women is great. Waiting for your next installment.
by HarshS
25 Jan 2010 20:01
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: 1730 at Macdonald, CST?
Replies: 12
Views: 2255

1730 at Macdonald, CST?

Since no one else's set a time, how about 1730 hrs at the Mcdonald at CST. The strike may have fizzled out by then. Also, its "early" enough to get back home for dinner, and since it's going to be a dry day, that place is as good as any other. We can also look at some more places around St...
by HarshS
25 Jan 2010 16:39
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: BR Mumbai meet
Replies: 24
Views: 3213

Now live in Mumbai

Nirav, DMurphy,

Just to clarify. I've been a resident of Mumbai for twelve months now; just didn't change my details. But, yes I've lived in Delhi for 12 years and attended three B-R meetings: one at someone's house, and two in restaurants. Looking forward to tomorrow. Is at CST? What time?
by HarshS
25 Jan 2010 12:59
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: BR Mumbai meet
Replies: 24
Views: 3213

Re: BR Mumbai meet

Yes, CST MCdonalds sounds good. There are other joints nearby too. What time tomorrow?

Harsh
by HarshS
22 Sep 2009 14:47
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: ***** BR MUMBAI MEET**** aka CONSTANT PEG
Replies: 52
Views: 7217

Did the meet happen?

Kicking myself for not seeing BRF for two weeks--wrapped in work and some stuff at home.

Did the meet take place? If not, when's it scheduled?

Harsh
by HarshS
04 May 2009 11:21
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Naval Discussion
Replies: 512
Views: 334183

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Interesting that many of the Malabar photos have been taken by a Cynthia Griggs, Mass Communications Specialist, 2nd class (and one's by another person, 3rd class).

The USN certainly has fascinating specializations. Wonder when IN will have a similar specialization?
by HarshS
17 Apr 2009 16:01
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII
Replies: 3420
Views: 675502

Re: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - XII

Minor quibble, but many people make this mistake.

It's not the PMO Office, just the PMO. The O stands for Office, as in Prime Minister's Office.

Nice part about the PM's speech, where he used the word Inshallah. Good work combining strategy, military, technology, and the aam admi.
by HarshS
08 Jul 2007 23:24
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part IX
Replies: 322
Views: 127876

Desparately waiting

What happens next:
1) First in Myanmar. Can the Indian troops airdropped to meet the government, do anything?
2) In the NE
3) In Delhi
4) In Tibet
5) In Beijing.

We're all waiting.
by HarshS
27 Mar 2007 17:05
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part VII
Replies: 343
Views: 124159

Immediate Chinese retaliation

After North Swipe 1, the Chinese will be mad. I'm not sure a) whether their ambassador will meet the PM; b) they won't retaliate massively. A huge loss of face for them. Of course, I don't know what the next scenario unfolds, but India is in for some big retaliation--everything short of nuclear atta...
by HarshS
07 Mar 2007 11:12
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part VII
Replies: 343
Views: 124159

Indeed, great scenario writing.

Agreed, the NE, Myanmar, and China scenario is really well-written. Kudos.

In the three years that our scenarios have been up and running, we've covered the world.
Bangladesh, NE, and China
Pakistan
California
South East Asia
Namibia
China
Pakistan
Myanmar.

Wow!
by HarshS
23 Feb 2007 16:46
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part VII
Replies: 343
Views: 124159

Army War Room and PMO in same building.

Vivek, Sorry for the nitpicking. The army's war room and communication center is in South Block. The PMO is also in South Block. There's no need to take a car from one place to the other--one can walk across. However, if the Prime Minister and the FM were meeting in the PM's residence on Race Course...
by HarshS
15 Jan 2007 19:09
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part VI
Replies: 323
Views: 137983

Bangladesh, Assam: the first scenarios are happening

Folks, If you remember, the first scenarios, which were prepared in 2004 were about instability in Bangladesh and Assam set for 2006. In 2007, there's instability in Bangladesh, just the ideal setting for an army takeover, backed by Islamic fundamentalists. Again, the news out of Assam is frightenin...
by HarshS
20 Nov 2006 16:41
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part VI
Replies: 323
Views: 137983

One Stinger ... five A 380s

How did one Stinger destroy five A 380s. I thought it was targeted at one.
by HarshS
30 Oct 2006 12:12
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part VI
Replies: 323
Views: 137983

Have a 330 page word document from the Bangladesh scenarios

Friends,

I have a 330 page word document from the first Bangladesh scenario to somewhere in the second, which was called "The Awakening". Would be happy to email it to whoever wants it.

Harsh
by HarshS
25 Aug 2006 10:57
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part VI
Replies: 323
Views: 137983

Femme Fatales in our scenarios

If I'm not wrong, in the two years of this scenario, we've had some interesting women roles. 1) Socialites turned warriors. The Indian socialite whose boyfriend was killed and who goes to Kashmir and helps knock off one of the spies. 2) Group Captain Nandita Sahai and another air force colleague out...
by HarshS
14 Aug 2006 11:19
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part VI
Replies: 323
Views: 137983

Perils of air war

While the air bosses of India and Russia and the sea bosses of India, USA, and France plotted how to use overwhelming force to "shock, awe, and destroy" the Pakistani armed forces, one group of military men wondered: "Was this going to become an even bigger quagmire with no outcome th...
by HarshS
07 Jun 2006 09:52
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part V
Replies: 320
Views: 130160

Up

Whatever happened to Ranjita, to Benazir, and to all the other warrior babes ... hey, we need more of our daily fix of fighting--guns, boats, and in the minds of our leaders and warriors.
by HarshS
27 Apr 2006 11:18
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part V
Replies: 320
Views: 130160

Double promotion for Aslan Khan

Aslan Khan couldn't go from Brigadier to Lt. General bypassing Major General. Also, if he was commissioned in 1971 (at the age of twenty one), by 2008, he'd be on the verge of retirement (at fifty eight). Two options. He's either a Major General and will be promoted to Lt. General. That fits somewha...
by HarshS
25 Apr 2006 16:27
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part V
Replies: 320
Views: 130160

No underground car park in South Block

Just a small correction. There is no underground car park either in South Block or in Sena Bhawan. However, the car's parked at the defense ministry section are below the level of the Raisina Hill entrance.
by HarshS
27 Feb 2006 19:46
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part IV
Replies: 312
Views: 168175

What's the US Air Force doing?

Friends, reading this scenario reminds me of the Clancy novel, Debt of Honor. In both, the US Navy is otherwise occupied in containing another threat. In Debt of Honor, it is to deal with the Indian Navy in Sri Lanka, and in this scenario it is to deal with Iran. Therefore, in both cases, other mean...
by HarshS
06 Nov 2005 02:32
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part IV
Replies: 312
Views: 168175

Fabulous

Well done Shankar--one small crib. All this is to Clancyish. Is real life so easy. On Minute 1, once the lights came on, wouldn't the hijackers detonate. However, the strategic impact is great--China, India, and the US cooperating. The US would never forget India's role in this, and the subsequent u...
by HarshS
29 Aug 2005 10:05
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part III
Replies: 326
Views: 170236

Some more twists

Taking the pakistani side in their hour of doom, let's see what else they can throw at us. 1) Pakistan should now use its hackers to try and disable vital Indian infrastructure. The ISI could activate crack teams across the world to break Indian firewalls and attack something, anything. Fat lot of g...
by HarshS
06 Aug 2005 11:33
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part III
Replies: 326
Views: 170236

No VRS scheme

Sunil, One nitpick. There was no VRS scheme for army officers in 1995. There is still no VRS scheme for army officers, or for that matter anyone in the government. In 1995, the first VRSs for the corporate sector was rolling out. By VRS I imply paying someone more money than they would otherwise hav...
by HarshS
05 Jul 2005 19:58
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Bharat Rakshak Celebrates Eight Years!
Replies: 41
Views: 23390

Congratulations

Eight years, in the Internet era it seems an eon ago. Imagine the foresight of our admins to launch this in 1997! Wow!! Best wishes for the next eighty years, by which time India will be #1 power. BTW, does the BRF have a succession plan--who will run it eight years's hence. How will it evolve, pay ...
by HarshS
05 Jul 2005 13:49
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part II
Replies: 328
Views: 178533

Let's have Khalid attack another convoy

Let not Khalid be sunk by the mistake of the Pakis. Let it be sunk by the effort of the Indian Navy (and Coast Guard). Why would Khalid have been near the Orissa coast. Earlier it was off Andamans. Shouldn't it stay there and attack another convoy, where it can then meet its doom. Yes, I'm all for b...
by HarshS
17 Jun 2005 11:03
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part II
Replies: 328
Views: 178533

Hey, That was neat. For two reasons: 1) The description of how and why Brahmaputra was sunk was realistic--equipment problems, design problem, human problems. 2) It is also realistic to expect losses--so far the thread had Indian wins, but here, you've shown a failure too--and that for the Navy, whi...
by HarshS
04 May 2005 09:37
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part II
Replies: 328
Views: 178533

Great to see renewed life in this thread

Hey, If we in BR can amount an airland rescue operation deep into the Meghna, isn't it a shame that the BSF can't rescue on of its officials? Of course this is in the virtual world, assuming a fully geared-up military, but rescuing the BSF officer would have been simple too. It makes my blood boil t...
by HarshS
22 Apr 2005 09:33
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part II
Replies: 328
Views: 178533

Happenings in Bangladesh today

The killing of the BSF officer could be the spark that eventually sets off the entire Bangladesh scenario that we've been talking off for the last six months.
by HarshS
03 Mar 2005 09:28
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part II
Replies: 328
Views: 178533

What's Godhra and Parakaram got to do with MMS and Ranchi?

Not clear about the link, but I agree that the current PM does not have as much authority as PM's should have or as his predecessor had. Maybe your scenario of a political coup during the runup to war might happen.
by HarshS
25 Jan 2005 11:21
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part II
Replies: 328
Views: 178533

Hey, maestros, keep this thread alive

For four fun months, I've been turning to this thread first, and now it's asleeeep. It's cold in Delhi and elsewhere in the world, but I'm sure that our Word warriors can still hit the keyboard. Waiting for an updation, from somebody, from anybody.

Harsh

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