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by Babui
31 Dec 2004 04:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Books that cover Indian Armed Forces and its History
Replies: 260
Views: 65724

Just came across a gem of a book. Possibly the best historical war fiction I've read on the Indian army. Its "Legion of the Brave" by DP Ramachndran ('DPR'). DPR is an ex-cavalry officer who saw action in the '71 war on the Eastern Front. He mentions in the book that he always wanted to write a fact...
by Babui
23 Nov 2004 19:06
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part I
Replies: 317
Views: 145163

GD - you are wasting your time with computer engineering stuff.......become a novelist....and watch the money roll in ala Clancy :lol:
by Babui
26 Oct 2004 17:11
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Failure of US technology - Lessons for Cold Start
Replies: 47
Views: 25161

Not sure if Afghanistan is the best model to follow for India's Cold Start Strategy. Deploying special forces teams may be applicable to only the LoC and POK. The terrain is suitable for small teams - less population and plenty of hills and valleys to hide. Access roads are few and a small team of c...
by Babui
26 Oct 2004 17:02
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: Exercise SINDEX: IAF and RSAF
Replies: 144
Views: 66318

Can anybody with access post the AWST Oct 18th issue here - the article referencing Col Handy ?
by Babui
06 Oct 2004 21:24
Forum: The Kargil Archive
Topic: Kargil Revisited - II
Replies: 182
Views: 78867

That's a great first hand account of the Battle for Khalubar Top. One for the books - needs to be saved and incorporated into BR. Loved this para "So they looked at each other and I could read the look in their eyes, it said, 'Saab ne hukum diya hai toh gaali dena hi padega. They looked around and w...
by Babui
04 Oct 2004 19:36
Forum: Military Scenarios Archive
Topic: Possible Indian Military Scenarios - Part I
Replies: 317
Views: 145163

GD - story's getting very interesting. Can't wait for the next installment. Maybe start with newsrpts appearing in Indian mainstream media of reports coming in that dredging operations by Chinese engineers are starting to take place in Chittagong harbor to bring in the heavy stuff.....or B'Deshi gen...
by Babui
30 Aug 2004 21:22
Forum: The Kargil Archive
Topic: Kargil Revisited - II
Replies: 182
Views: 78867

I'm guessing "Kafir Pahar" is probably Tololing in the Drass sector.
by Babui
01 Jul 2004 01:53
Forum: News Folders Archive
Topic: Indian Army - News Folder - July 2004
Replies: 39
Views: 6260

Re: Indian Army - News Folder - July 2004

[url=http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_859429,00080001.htm?headline=Terrorists~kill~Army~engineers~fencing~LoC~»]Terrorists kill Army engineers fencing LoC[/url]
by Babui
28 Jun 2004 16:58
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: IAF Jaguars & IL-78s in Italy
Replies: 124
Views: 46225

Re: IAF Jaguars & IL-78s in Italy

Is it correct - 4 jags and 16 pilots?
by Babui
25 May 2004 17:23
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Health Care Sector
Replies: 1161
Views: 77609

Re: Indian Health Care Industry

In case anybody is wondering - the total cost of the heart surgery and stay in hospital (approx 11 days) was Rs 173,913.
My Dad had to stay a couple of extra days because of postponement of surgery.
by Babui
25 May 2004 17:19
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Health Care Sector
Replies: 1161
Views: 77609

Re: Indian Health Care Industry

I figured that there would be problems at Apollo Hosp, Madras before discharge. The following email is from my sister: "...as usual we were harassed during discharge too. we were told he would be discharged at 11 am. he reached home at 6 pm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! there were billing problems galore. his dis...
by Babui
18 May 2004 23:24
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Health Care Sector
Replies: 1161
Views: 77609

Re: Indian Health Care Industry

Raj - thanks for your good wishes. My father's op went well and he is recovering in ICU. I had a long talk with my sister and my aunt whose father underwent the same op in the same hosp a year ago. The consensus opinion is that the skill of the heart bypass team at Apollo Hosp, Madras is undeniable....
by Babui
16 May 2004 17:14
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Health Care Sector
Replies: 1161
Views: 77609

Re: Indian Health Care Industry

A few days ago, my father was admitted to Apollo Hosp, Madras for a heart bypass. We admitted him there on the knowledge that it is one of the best hospitals in India. We signed a contract with them and agreed to pay a certain sum of money. The contract was kind of vague but basically said that, for...
by Babui
12 May 2004 00:57
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: Exercise Divya Astra: Shock & Awe
Replies: 213
Views: 69012

Re: Exercise Divya Astra: Shock & Awe

Any historical instances of armies dominating the front (or achieving vistory) simply because they got there earlier than the other side? I can think of only the Germans in WWI ("Shieffen Plan (sp?)") who reached the gates of Paris. [Added later] - One more is the Egyptians in the '73 Arab-Israeli w...
by Babui
08 Mar 2004 23:21
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: Exercise Divya Astra: Shock & Awe
Replies: 213
Views: 69012

Re: Exercise Divya Astra: Shock & Awe

YIP - allus a pleasure to read your analysis. The only quibble I have is that the first BRF post is at T+6 :-) More likely, Shiv will be on the job at T+0.02 :-):-)
by Babui
25 Jan 2004 19:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Profiles in Heroism: Archive
Replies: 434
Views: 132981

Re: Profiles in Heroism: Archive

I had no idea that there was a ranking for gallantry medals and am absolutely appalled that the PVC, MVC and VrC are way down on the list ! Is there any way we can help WDI to bring the gallantry awards to Nos 1,2 and 3 on the ranking list ? Ideas would be appreciated. [Please post replys to the Gen...
by Babui
16 Jan 2004 22:43
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Profiles in Heroism: Archive
Replies: 434
Views: 132981

Re: Profiles in Heroism: Archive

Maj. Udai Singh (can somebody who's registered post the entire article)

http://www.forceindia.net/beret.asp
by Babui
17 Dec 2003 22:38
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: Operation Parakram: An Analysis
Replies: 163
Views: 62373

Re: Operation Parakram: An Analysis

This is the area of Matinuddin's paper that needs to be speculated on - "By moving to forward positions and carrying out military exercise close to the border the Indian armed forces revealed their operational plans to some extent. Strategic and tactical surprise was lost as the deployment was in fu...
by Babui
17 Dec 2003 00:28
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: Operation Parakram: An Analysis
Replies: 163
Views: 62373

Re: Operation Parakram: An Analysis

Has anybody read "Operation Parakram - The War Unfinished" by V.K. Sood and Pravin Sawhney ? If you have, then can you review. Should contain alot of details.
by Babui
08 Dec 2003 19:04
Forum: The Kargil Archive
Topic: Kargil Revisited
Replies: 329
Views: 94748

Re: Kargil Revisited

Robach - Movie is supposed to come out all over India on Dec 12th.
by Babui
05 Dec 2003 23:43
Forum: The Kargil Archive
Topic: Kargil Revisited
Replies: 329
Views: 94748

Re: Kargil Revisited

The other bk I would recommend is Gaurav Sawant's "Dateline Kargil". It is a journalistic account and should not be read for historical accuracy. However, it is highly readable and gives great detail - at unit level - on how the IA lives and fights. Harinder Baweja and Shrinjoy Choudhury's are the t...
by Babui
01 Dec 2003 22:31
Forum: The Kargil Archive
Topic: Kargil Revisited
Replies: 329
Views: 94748

Re: Kargil Revisited

Marcus Acosta has sure done his homework. Check out the bibliography of his thesis. BR is mentioned (Go LNS !).
by Babui
25 Nov 2003 02:16
Forum: Military History Archive
Topic: Indian Patriotic Songs
Replies: 119
Views: 79662

Re: Indian Patriotic Songs

The LoC songs are getting good reviews from the trade. Can anybody who has listened to the songs give us a "BR Review" ?
by Babui
20 Nov 2003 22:51
Forum: Military History Archive
Topic: Indian Patriotic Songs
Replies: 119
Views: 79662

Re: Indian Patriotic Songs

Forgot to give credit. The above is taken fromm this website (which lists more patriotic songs) http://www.mouthshut.com/readreview/43392-1.html
by Babui
20 Nov 2003 22:48
Forum: Military History Archive
Topic: Indian Patriotic Songs
Replies: 119
Views: 79662

Re: Indian Patriotic Songs

Vande Mataram! Sujalam, suphalam, malayaja shitalam, Shasyashyamalam, Mataram! Shubhrajyothsna pulakitayaminim Phullakusumita drumadala shobinim Suhasinim sumadhura bhashinim, Sukhadam varadam, Mataram! (Taken from the movie Anand Math, sung fabulously by the nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar, t...
by Babui
23 Oct 2003 21:49
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Army - Revolution in Military Affairs
Replies: 159
Views: 66930

Re: Indian Army - Revolution in Military Affairs

Correct me if I'm wrong but RMA (for infantry) can be boiled down to the following: (1) the ability to fight at night (2) ability to see the enemy before he sees you (3) ability to bring own firepower down on the enemy with exactness and (4) ability to communicate or 'know' the position of own force...
by Babui
03 Jul 2003 04:29
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Bharat Rakshak Celebrates Six Years!
Replies: 66
Views: 26602

Re: Bharat Rakshak Celebrates Six Years!

The best damn forum on the net !! It's great to find a place where there are so many like-minded folks with a deep interest in India's armed forces and the betterment of our country. Each year it gets better and better. Oftentimes we hash the same topic every few weeks/mths but new members bring new...
by Babui
01 Jul 2003 01:46
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Indian History Discussions - III
Replies: 176
Views: 41618

Re: Indian History Discussions - III

Nice article on the myths in Indian History http://www.the-week.com/23jun29/cover.htm
by Babui
28 Jun 2003 01:16
Forum: The Kargil Archive
Topic: Kargil Revisited
Replies: 329
Views: 94748

Re: Kargil Revisited

Didn't they cross the LoC in Nov ? Nov to May is 6 mths. Half their manpower were porters. Add in some heli resupply missions, forward supply bases like Muntho Dalo and you have a well-supplied enemy. I presume that you don't need as much ammunition (as you would in the plains) to hold the heights. ...
by Babui
27 Jun 2003 21:04
Forum: The Kargil Archive
Topic: Kargil Revisited
Replies: 329
Views: 94748

Re: Kargil Revisited

Aditya - very nicely put. I suspect the Paki version of 'tactical victory, strategic defeat' was put out by the generals shortly after the Paki retreat to save their necks from getting lynched. Remember the news articles (shortly after the war) of Paki generals addressing disaffected officers/men th...

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