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by JE Menon
13 Jun 2002 02:18
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Pakistani plot to explode dirty nuke foiled
Replies: 114
Views: 42908

Re: Pakistani plot to explode dirty nuke foiled

And I might add, with a wicked glint in my beady eye, the same applies to English...
by JE Menon
12 Jun 2002 01:45
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Indo-US Operations in J&K
Replies: 27
Views: 11454

Re: Indo-US Operations in J&K

I do not think US forces will be in J&K in a combat/institutionalised observer mode. It is the DDM bull. Any foreign patrolling will be on other side of LOC. Let's see. If it happens that GoI allows US military forces to patrol on our side of LoC, it effectively means we have acknowledged defeat...
by JE Menon
12 Jun 2002 01:10
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Pakistani plot to explode dirty nuke foiled
Replies: 114
Views: 42908

Re: Pakistani plot to explode dirty nuke foiled

"Briefly detained" has implications. Means he was released after someone intervened on his behalf. For all the Paks knew, with the false passport, he could have been part of a Yindu-Yehudi conspiracy. But he was released....
by JE Menon
13 May 2002 02:56
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: A trip down Bharat-Rakshak memory lane.....
Replies: 100
Views: 40413

Re: A trip down Bharat-Rakshak memory lane.....

Got it. So it definitely went elsewhere 1st time. :(
by JE Menon
13 May 2002 00:50
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Parakram II: all services excercise on western front
Replies: 173
Views: 53182

Re: Parakram II: all services excercise on western front

I'm not much of a military strategist - still can't tell a brigade from a regiment - but Narayanan's top-down idea seems to make sense. Why occupy land? If our objective is to dismantle Pakistan, why not just focus on degrading their political/economic/defence infrastructures in clearly designated r...
by JE Menon
13 May 2002 00:27
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: A trip down Bharat-Rakshak memory lane.....
Replies: 100
Views: 40413

Re: A trip down Bharat-Rakshak memory lane.....

N, I haven't received any mail from you - either via the admins address, the yahoo address or via my personal address which you know. Just doublechecked now.

As for the free lunch... trying to be there in Aug.-Sep. if I can get the bloody scheduling right.
by JE Menon
12 May 2002 19:36
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: A trip down Bharat-Rakshak memory lane.....
Replies: 100
Views: 40413

Re: A trip down Bharat-Rakshak memory lane.....

Shiv,

Come to think of it, hoo nose, N could be Chetan. Or, of course, I could be Chetan.

Merlin,

Am surviving. Will TRY to make it to Bangi this year as well. Maybe we could get together for another lunch, this time on me! What say Doc?
by JE Menon
11 May 2002 13:33
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: A trip down Bharat-Rakshak memory lane.....
Replies: 100
Views: 40413

Re: A trip down Bharat-Rakshak memory lane.....

Plus I miss Faheem, whose insights into Pak society were something else but as I recall he used to travel a lot and maybe he does not have the time. What happened to Riza? Dude is busy with his education :D I guess.
by JE Menon
11 May 2002 13:32
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: A trip down Bharat-Rakshak memory lane.....
Replies: 100
Views: 40413

Re: A trip down Bharat-Rakshak memory lane.....

Merlin, I think you may be confusing with another poster with the rather uncommon name of **** Mahalingam, who used to make some very sane and unknowledgeable posts on various issues. He is still registered but does not participate. Plus, N is not Chetan. That's certain. Chetan has disappeared as fa...
by JE Menon
08 May 2002 23:41
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: A trip down Bharat-Rakshak memory lane.....
Replies: 100
Views: 40413

Re: A trip down Bharat-Rakshak memory lane.....

Distinctly remember a lot of low-flying PAF types coming for some action here. There weren't too many of us to scramble, but we didn't do too bad. Sh1t, what I miss is seeing the Guru Dronacharya name... dunno why. Sort of lent anchor weight to the forum. Think lots of guys feel that way, hence virt...
by JE Menon
08 May 2002 17:54
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: A trip down Bharat-Rakshak memory lane.....
Replies: 100
Views: 40413

Re: A trip down Bharat-Rakshak memory lane.....

Shiv, where is that reply by Chetan? Couldn't find it.
by JE Menon
01 May 2002 21:37
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Parakram II: all services excercise on western front
Replies: 173
Views: 53182

Re: Parakram II: all services excercise on western front

Umrao Jaan has summed it up methinks. Quite possibly, the exercises are intended to draw Pak forces to its eastern border to prevent salami-slicing which - no matter how chicken-hearted we fish/rice-eating dhotiwalas are - is a distinct possibility at the line of contention. This would mean Pak has ...
by JE Menon
30 Apr 2002 20:10
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Indianness - a (simple?) survey
Replies: 117
Views: 41921

Re: Indianness - a (simple?) survey

Now if this thread is itself not a sign of "Indianness", I don't know what is.

All we need now is for someone to throw in an equation.

Where are the IIT guys when you need them?
by JE Menon
15 Apr 2002 19:56
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Lost City found off the Mahabalipuram coast
Replies: 86
Views: 33599

Re: Lost City found off the Mahabalipuram coast

Guys, a ruin the size of Manhattan (or so they say) should at least have a few bones or some organic stuff leftover - remember reading something about some ancient bones being discovered off Turkey (maybe they were in some container can't recall). Moreover, NIOT is talking far less than the 9000 yrs...
by JE Menon
15 Apr 2002 02:45
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Lost City found off the Mahabalipuram coast
Replies: 86
Views: 33599

Re: Lost City found off the Mahabalipuram coast

The matter is simple. A sunken settlement has been found of south-eastern India. Carbon date the bugger. End of story. WTF has anything else got to do with it? Anyhow you look at it, it's a net gain for India.
by JE Menon
16 Mar 2002 04:54
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Understanding INSAS
Replies: 176
Views: 41958

Re: Understanding INSAS

Great stuff Raj. Definitely BRM material.
by JE Menon
27 Jan 2002 20:34
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Agni-I/SR: Strategic Implications (Thread 1)
Replies: 227
Views: 57027

Re: Agni-I/SR: Strategic Implications (Thread 1)

Guys, let's not get into a tizzy about the British comment. Poor guys had to say something. It's alright. Smile politely, pat them on their collective back and offer a Britannia biscuit.
by JE Menon
27 Jan 2002 20:01
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Agni-I/SR: Strategic Implications (Thread 1)
Replies: 227
Views: 57027

Re: Agni-I/SR: Strategic Implications (Thread 1)

Avid,<p>I'm hardly an expert on missiles, can barely tell the back-end from the front. But I did see the first clips shown on DD, and the one shown being launched (Agni, white, diagonal orange stripes, pointy black nosecone, etc.) clearly was not the one later shown in vertical flight - unless, as I...
by JE Menon
27 Jan 2002 01:31
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Agni-I/SR: Strategic Implications (Thread 1)
Replies: 227
Views: 57027

Re: Agni-I/SR: Strategic Implications (Thread 1)

I don't think it was an optical illusion. I watched it again. It looks like an edit job on the film. What u see in the beginning is definitely different from what appears towards the end. The rounding of the nose is too prominent to be optical. <p>Don't think it was the Brahmos either. If memory ser...
by JE Menon
26 Jan 2002 00:24
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Agni-I/SR: Strategic Implications (Thread 1)
Replies: 227
Views: 57027

Re: Agni-I/SR: Strategic Implications (Thread 1)

Very strange. I watched the DD clip on this thingie. They showed the launch of the missile that the Admin has put up in the picture on this thread (sharp-cone nose, white, with orange diagonal stripes, etc.)., but in the same clip on later parts of the flight this blunt-nosed tubular thing seemed to...
by JE Menon
21 Nov 2001 16:59
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Indian Road Development
Replies: 282
Views: 67775

Re: Indian Road Development

The pics have been heavily processed - though mainly the scenery/grass. But the highways seem largely untouched. <P>Where is this place?<P>If all we do is criss-cross India with such highways, that will be enough to turn the country into what we all want it to be.
by JE Menon
17 Jul 2001 22:34
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: The Road to World Power
Replies: 120
Views: 41634

Re: The Road to World Power

George, <P>>>1/6th of democratic humanity <P>Agree on everything but will pick this nit. Surely, we constitute more than a sixth of democratic humanity.
by JE Menon
02 Jul 2001 00:25
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Brahmos Missile - News and Discussion
Replies: 92
Views: 28645

Re: Brahmos Missile - News and Discussion

krishna99, no names with numbers allowed, please re-register.
by JE Menon
23 Jun 2001 03:53
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Snipers of the Indian Army
Replies: 69
Views: 27844

Re: Snipers of the Indian Army

Raj, a fantastic post. Will you consider modifying and polishing it for a piece in the BR entitled, tentatively:<P>Thoughts On Developing A Sniper Rifle for the Indian Armed Forces
by JE Menon
14 Jun 2001 03:42
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Snipers of the Indian Army
Replies: 69
Views: 27844

Re: Snipers of the Indian Army

I read a newsreport a couple of years ago where the central character was a woman sharpshooter of the army. Apparently she had wanted to get married to one gentleman, family disagreed strongly, she took a weapon and headed for the hills Rambo style. Think they talked her out of whatever she had in m...
by JE Menon
13 Jun 2001 04:17
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Brahmos Missile - News and Discussion
Replies: 92
Views: 28645

Re: Brahmos Missile - News and Discussion

OK, I just saw a video of the launch. The thing is in a pipe sort of launcher (S-300 type). Launches straight up, goes horizontal, almost seems like it's stalling, then two god-knows-what about a metre or so behind the nose shoots flames and jettisons and then the thing stabilises horizontally and o...
by JE Menon
13 Jun 2001 01:52
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Brahmos Missile - News and Discussion
Replies: 92
Views: 28645

Brahmos Missile - News and Discussion

I just tried to post something in there. Did it. Saw an entry underneath mine saying by "unregistered" without name. And now the thread's disappeared.
by JE Menon
21 May 2001 12:04
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: India and the NMD-2
Replies: 66
Views: 25202

Re: India and the NMD-2

Acharya, can you post the exact quotes by the Chinese. I can't get the Yahoo link. The story in 'The Statesman' is twisted to project a pov. In fact, from the quotes in that paper there is nothing to suggest a warning for "extreme caution".
by JE Menon
17 May 2001 02:37
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: India and the NMD-2
Replies: 66
Views: 25202

Re: India and the NMD-2

>>Clearly, India jumped the gun and had to eat its words in endorsing BMD even before its minutiae is known or consultations are held. <P>Maj. Gen. Mehta is the one jumping the gun on this. Where exactly did "India" eat its words? Maybe he has not read the MEA document backing Bush's ideas. (In any ...
by JE Menon
17 May 2001 02:13
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: India and the NMD-2
Replies: 66
Views: 25202

Re: India and the NMD-2

>>CNN just reported 15 minutes ago that the THAAD system really does work. <P>Remember the words "strategic and technological inevitability" in the MEA response. In any case, the logic of Indian support is really very simple. With or without our support, it's going ahead. Might as well make the most...
by JE Menon
12 Feb 2001 04:46
Forum: Military History Archive
Topic: Air Chief Marshal Dilbagh Singh no more
Replies: 17
Views: 9107

Re: Air Chief Marshal Dilbagh Singh no more

May more like him be born.
by JE Menon
23 Jan 2001 02:47
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: News, Reports and Analysis: LCA
Replies: 154
Views: 41066

Re: News, Reports and Analysis: LCA

Ok, Vinodji, now I'm totally in the dark. Thank god I'm not a project manager.
by JE Menon
22 Jan 2001 19:06
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: News, Reports and Analysis: LCA
Replies: 154
Views: 41066

Re: News, Reports and Analysis: LCA

Vinodji,<P>I am unable to understand your post, probably because of my lack of knowledge about such projects. Are you saying the tender documents cost Rs 90,000, i.e. 1% of project cost? What has the Middle East got to do with it and where does the $20m come into the picture? Please explain.<P>Err.....
by JE Menon
22 Jan 2001 17:10
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: News, Reports and Analysis: LCA
Replies: 154
Views: 41066

Re: News, Reports and Analysis: LCA

Ehsmang, thanks for that bit of info. As for significance, I suppose it indicates that HAL is pretty confident that GTRE is going to deliver the goods as far as Kaveri is concerned. <P>BTW, does the project cost not seem small - i.e. Rs 9 million, just 90 lakhs - for a facility to assemble engines, ...
by JE Menon
13 Jan 2001 18:53
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: News, Reports and Analysis: LCA
Replies: 154
Views: 41066

Re: News, Reports and Analysis: LCA

It is very very difficult to be restrained in the face of such unmitigated tripe as spouted by Adm. Nadkarni. Apart from the facts that are screwed up, his entire line of thinking appears to be fed by the import lobby. Harinarayanan says 70% of the components are indigenous. Even if he is including ...
by JE Menon
08 Aug 2000 23:09
Forum: The Kargil Archive
Topic: Nuke angle to Kargil crisis
Replies: 32
Views: 16634

Re: Nuke angle to Kargil crisis

Mohan, go to Rediff. Open any of the Hizb ceasefire related stories. Go to the bottom for complete coverage links, and you'll find the interviews. The link does not work. Dunno why.
by JE Menon
02 Jul 2000 13:32
Forum: Military History Archive
Topic: OG to the blood - Profile of Lt. Gen. M.A. Zaki
Replies: 8
Views: 7176

Re: OG to the blood - Profile of Lt. Gen. M.A. Zaki & fa

This profile should be put up somewhere in BR. Another headache for you Rakesh.
by JE Menon
02 Jul 2000 03:34
Forum: Military History Archive
Topic: OG to the blood - Profile of Lt. Gen. M.A. Zaki
Replies: 8
Views: 7176

Re: OG to the blood - Profile of Lt. Gen. M.A. Zaki & fa

Great stuff. I thought Gen. Zaki was in Kashmir for some time. I do remember seeing him on CNN or something. Kudos to his son, who seems to be doing well.
by JE Menon
09 Dec 1999 23:30
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Chagai tests and the PU sample
Replies: 20
Views: 7024

Re: Chagai tests and the PU sample

Thanx Ramana, great post as usual. Good of you to respond to my not-so-subtle hint in the Quincy thread.<P>Best Regards<BR>JE Menon<p>[This message has been edited by JE Menon (edited 09-12-1999).]
by JE Menon
04 Dec 1999 20:27
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: PA Corps Structure and Commanders
Replies: 49
Views: 23776

Re: PA Corps Structure and Commanders

Great thread, Q Quincy & S Sainis. Keep it going on the PA Corps Structure & Commanders theme. Rupak is right.<P>OTOH, Q Quincy do start another thread on the plutonium. This is the million dollar question that has been asked on this forum ever since Pu detection was leaked. Ramana is the ma...

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