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by satyarthi
12 Jun 2008 03:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: War inside Tibet - goals, strategies and equipment
Replies: 793
Views: 144712

Re: War inside Tibet - goals, strategies and equipment

the first question should be to ask ourselves if we even have the resources and infrastructure to hold on to our own border and avoid a 1962 like situation. If the answer to that after careful analysis is "Yes", then the next question should be to discuss limited offensives northwards. If...
by satyarthi
12 Jun 2008 03:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: War inside Tibet - goals, strategies and equipment
Replies: 793
Views: 144712

Re: War inside Tibet - goals, strategies and equipment

IMHO this thread shouldn't be about "whether" war is likely to happen. But "what" can be done if the war actually happens for whatever reasons. As far as hypotheticals are concerned even a WWIII is possible. So, just imagine that war is upon us, for whatever ungodly reason. Then ...
by satyarthi
12 Jun 2008 02:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: War inside Tibet - goals, strategies and equipment
Replies: 793
Views: 144712

Re: War inside Tibet - goals, strategies and equipment

X-post: The Karakoram highway is much to the west of Karakoram Pass. It goes through Gilgit, Hunza, Khujerab pass in POK. At Khunjerab Pass it turns almost northwards into China. Then it goes through Tashkurgan (Xinjiang) etc. Direct distance between Khunjerab pass and Karakoram pass is about 160 mi...
by satyarthi
12 Jun 2008 02:43
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch
Replies: 3944
Views: 1059700

Re: China Military Watch

The Karakoram highway is much to the west of Karakoram Pass. It goes through Gilgit, Hunza, Khujerab pass in POK. At Khunjerab Pass it turns almost northwards into China. Then it goes through Tashkurgan (Xinjiang) etc. Direct distance between Khunjerab pass and Karakoram pass is about 160 miles. The...
by satyarthi
11 Jun 2008 22:40
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Nuclear News & Discussion - May-2008
Replies: 370
Views: 62134

Re: Indian Nuclear News & Discussion - May-2008

Sanjay M, Pure fusion weapons are very charming, but we have to be realistic. For fusion to occur one needs to create very high pressures and temperatures. 1. As of now no chemical-explosives are strong enough initiate fusion. 2. In usual TN, a nuclear fission bomb, that can bust a whole city, is us...
by satyarthi
11 Jun 2008 21:05
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch
Replies: 3944
Views: 1059700

Re: China Military Watch

http://www.faqs.org/docs/factbook/appendix/appendix-f-k.html CIA world factbook gives the latitude longitude of Karakoram pass as: Karakoram Pass China, India 35 30 N 77 50 E In google earth, it can be seen that this coordinate is just within India. Beginning of the pass can be seen close to that po...
by satyarthi
11 Jun 2008 10:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: War inside Tibet - goals, strategies and equipment
Replies: 793
Views: 144712

Re: War inside Tibet - goals, strategies and equipment

The long stretch of unprotected Indian border with Nepal, necessitates that Nepal be liberated from the Maoists prior to that. some possible developments in not so remote future: 1. Nepal army develops severe disaffection due to Maoist attempts to control it. 2. Madhesis become totally disillusioned...
by satyarthi
11 Jun 2008 01:53
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Boot out the old and bring in new blood?
Replies: 164
Views: 33229

Re: Boot out the old and bring in new blood?

Sometimes it helps to distinguish when a canonized saint is dancing in a red suit saying "ho! ho! ho!" merely for little kids' amusement, and when he is serious.
by satyarthi
11 Jun 2008 01:35
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Boot out the old and bring in new blood?
Replies: 164
Views: 33229

Re: Boot out the old and bring in new blood?

Send your first article to shiv, please. ... Will it be "published"? Well... I don't run the forum or have any admin status, Articles will be sent to Shiv on Shiv's invitation, not yours. Please do not ask me to submit articles if you "don't run the forum or have any admin status.&qu...
by satyarthi
11 Jun 2008 01:32
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Boot out the old and bring in new blood?
Replies: 164
Views: 33229

Re: Boot out the old and bring in new blood?

I see Nukkad, bositive Neuj, photography etc threads as reserves. They hold the rakshaks while not much is happening on the rakshaa front. When something major happens, they will come pouring out from these play-pens. Downside of not having any such play-pens, is that these temporarily bored people ...
by satyarthi
10 Jun 2008 06:31
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Future Nuclear testing: pros and cons-2
Replies: 307
Views: 45771

Re:

Has anyone made the argument that the Khetolai village needed to stay functioning normally till the tests to maintain secrecy. Yes, I have seen that argument being made. Do not remember now, by who? Also, tried the find the merit of that argument but did not make much headway. Any insights? There a...
by satyarthi
09 Jun 2008 10:13
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Future Nuclear testing: pros and cons-2
Replies: 307
Views: 45771

Has anyone made the argument that the Khetolai village needed to stay functioning normally till the tests to maintain secrecy.
by satyarthi
09 Jun 2008 08:45
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Future Nuclear testing: pros and cons-2
Replies: 307
Views: 45771

enqyoob: The west and China could have armed and pampered Pakistan against India, if it had not tested, I remember thinking the same thoughts in 1998. But the west did know about Paki nuclear program. So, I don't think the specter of "Islamic Bomb" dawned on them only post 1998 tests. I th...
by satyarthi
09 Jun 2008 07:09
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Future Nuclear testing: pros and cons-2
Replies: 307
Views: 45771

Same money spent on a space shot is better bang for the buck, far more visible, and will demonstrate accuracy/precision to scare the right people. That's the other reason why I say, sent one to the Sun. Sooryayaan. Equipped with lots of POK sensors, sending data straight to DAE. Could you please el...
by satyarthi
09 Jun 2008 06:25
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Future Nuclear testing: pros and cons-2
Replies: 307
Views: 45771

It is true that we celebrated Pakistani stupidity. But why couldn't the world come down on BOTH India and Pakistan like 200kt of bricks? What was so magical about Pakistani touch? Pakistan had already been slipping in US eyes. IMHO Pakistan only provided some points to argue about in negotiating cir...
by satyarthi
09 Jun 2008 02:38
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Future Nuclear testing: pros and cons-2
Replies: 307
Views: 45771

Since a category N2TN (need to test now) has been introduced. It is fair if we acronymify the other category N2NTA (need to never test again) too. :) The 1998 tests were accompanied by a declaration by India that it now considered itself a nuclear power with an intention to maintain a nuclear arsena...
by satyarthi
08 Jun 2008 14:06
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: International Nuclear Watch & Discussion
Replies: 558
Views: 71158

NUCLEAR SECRETS; What China Knows About U.S. Missile Technology: A Chronology
A dated article (May 28 1999). But with lot of details.
by satyarthi
08 Jun 2008 13:50
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Program Discussion
Replies: 479
Views: 368044

He probably thinks "Vikram" is some kind of "Param".
by satyarthi
08 Jun 2008 13:20
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Future Nuclear testing: pros and cons-2
Replies: 307
Views: 45771

One can call the fissile tamper/pusher as the 3rd stage. It all depends upon what one defines as stages. But in usual 2-stage Teller-ulam design, even the fissioning tamper/pusher is called as belonging to the "second stage". So, if someone says that the Indian fusion device that was teste...
by satyarthi
08 Jun 2008 12:44
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Future Nuclear testing: pros and cons-2
Replies: 307
Views: 45771

U235 is the major component of the highly enriched uranium. Natural uranium is mostly U238 with little bit of U235 (<1%). The proportion of U235 in the fuel needs to be enhanced upto 4% by enrichment (say using centrifuges) prior to use in the reactors. Highly enriched U (>90% U235) is weapons grade...
by satyarthi
08 Jun 2008 12:25
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Future Nuclear testing: pros and cons-2
Replies: 307
Views: 45771

Looking at the 2:1:4:6 ratio posted by LakshmiC - the "6" is tamper going boom What other tampers can be used if at all? The usual tamper is U238 (natural uranium). Which is normally difficult to bring to fission due to requirement of higher energy neutrons. But fusion fuel undergoing fus...
by satyarthi
07 Jun 2008 20:30
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Future Nuclear Testing: Pros and Cons-1
Replies: 319
Views: 57461

enqyoob, I think BJP wants to renegotiate the deal to dilute the anti test language and provisions. US doesn't have to say that they welcome the tests. But they could have chosen varying degrees of discretion and reticence. Hyde is rather indiscrete and rather loud. It didn't have to be that way. To...
by satyarthi
07 Jun 2008 06:22
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Distorted history- Causes, consequences, remedies
Replies: 4186
Views: 65136

Some more confessions of British leeching of India. So, British rule was beneficial for whom? The British or the Indians? Britain's decline foretold In a speech to the Philosophical Institute of Edinburgh in October 1908, entitled The Place of India in the Empire, Curzon said, "It was the remar...
by satyarthi
07 Jun 2008 04:25
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Boot out the old and bring in new blood?
Replies: 164
Views: 33229

So, I don't know whether there is a happy way out. And have we crossed a rubicon, with no going back? If you acknowledge that Islamism threads did serve a purpose in educating many people, then it is easy to concede that there are many more people not yet reached by BRF that may yet appreciate that...
by satyarthi
07 Jun 2008 04:05
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Boot out the old and bring in new blood?
Replies: 164
Views: 33229

Raju, O.K. Although latest arrests had muslim names, and explosions supposedly happened near temples. What I propose is that Islamism thread should not use mockery. It should be treated as a serious thread. and critical but truthful points can be made without mocking Islam or the prophet. P.S. May b...
by satyarthi
07 Jun 2008 03:44
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Boot out the old and bring in new blood?
Replies: 164
Views: 33229

Re: Islamism threads: A lot of initial indignation was grounded in the fear that the harsh truth may hurt. But a good balance was found thanks to Shiv's persistence. But has a balance been found? The Islamism thread is pretty toxic. A bunch of us (and I include myself in this) post stuff there that...
by satyarthi
06 Jun 2008 19:45
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Boot out the old and bring in new blood?
Replies: 164
Views: 33229

I think besides hoping for revival of BRM/SRR, we should also acknowledge the great journalistic work done by N^3 and Rangudu outside the BR. Rangudu's well written articles appearing at the right time in influential publications definitely gave a high to the forum. More of that is needed too. That ...
by satyarthi
06 Jun 2008 18:25
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Future Nuclear Testing: Pros and Cons-1
Replies: 319
Views: 57461

I think Ramana's view is that the TN device in 1998 may have worked. But it wasn't weaponised and perhaps didn't have the tertiary. So, at least one or may be only one round of tests is needed to proof the TN weaponised design. And to make it convincing he suggested that all three stages be tested s...
by satyarthi
06 Jun 2008 18:14
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Boot out the old and bring in new blood?
Replies: 164
Views: 33229

Re: Islamism threads: A lot of initial indignation was grounded in the fear that the harsh truth may hurt. But a good balance was found thanks to Shiv's persistence. The point is to not shy away from the truth, but also not to be unnecessarily hurtful. Reminds me of a shloka: satyam brUyAt priyam br...
by satyarthi
06 Jun 2008 18:00
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Future Nuclear Testing: Pros and Cons-1
Replies: 319
Views: 57461

1. For the same bang TNs consume much smaller amount of precious Pu. 2. All major powers' aresnal consists of TNs. 3. TNs are not restricted to be > 100kt. If people love their 20kts, then they can be 20kt with much smaller consumption of precious Pu. 4. TNs have a much better yield to weight ratio,...
by satyarthi
05 Jun 2008 22:12
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Boot out the old and bring in new blood?
Replies: 164
Views: 33229

Forum has been rather slow in number of posts but still quite high in views, compared to some time ago. It appears people's curiosity is still high, but topics of interest are not that engaging. One reason as mentioned by others is decline of Pakistan's Musharraf (in every sense of the word). And BR...
by satyarthi
05 Jun 2008 19:42
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Future Nuclear Testing: Pros and Cons-1
Replies: 319
Views: 57461

FWIW politicians have uttered the Pokharan-III word.

N-deal OK if no ban on Pokhran III: Advani
by satyarthi
05 Jun 2008 19:28
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Boot out the old and bring in new blood?
Replies: 164
Views: 33229

vina wrote:I dont look at any forum other than BR... I have no idea about "India Forum" .. what is the other forum the "non rightists" are on.. Does it have a name?.

The other one is a blog. But since it has taken an anti BR stand, I think it is best not to give it publicity at BR.
by satyarthi
05 Jun 2008 17:51
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Boot out the old and bring in new blood?
Replies: 164
Views: 33229

In fact fissures on BR have mirrored the situation within Indian society and polity. For a decade now BJP and other rightist organizations have been making inroads into society and into power. The response of the established parties was to treat them as pariahs. Any association with them or sympathy...
by satyarthi
05 Jun 2008 09:18
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Future Nuclear Testing: Pros and Cons-1
Replies: 319
Views: 57461

Enqyoob has made some good points. And the time to test may not be now. But still I think a demonstrated TN capability is a must for India. Although we can wait a few years. Lets assume a scenario where India would be forced to "use" its nukes. Why must we presume that such an exchange of ...
by satyarthi
05 Jun 2008 07:06
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Boot out the old and bring in new blood?
Replies: 164
Views: 33229

I see some loyal BR candidates as good admin material and this time - if we get a new bunch, I might just bow out and join the hoi polloi. By all means please add any new admins as needed. A while ago names like N^3 and jcage were mentioned. But why would YOU bow out? That would be a big loss! As i...
by satyarthi
05 Jun 2008 06:39
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Boot out the old and bring in new blood?
Replies: 164
Views: 33229

Sadly BRF has peaked and lost direction as forward looking approach with Independent thinking is giving way for looking back to bad bad bad past and borrowed thinking . I agree with this and this is why we are completely unable to generate the kind of workers and work that it took to produce BRM an...
by satyarthi
05 Jun 2008 06:06
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Future Nuclear Testing: Pros and Cons-1
Replies: 319
Views: 57461

The aim to achieve qualitative parity with the PRC's last tests is not a realistic one: Starting 30 years behind, if India comes anywhere close with live tests, the PRC will simply move out ahead. There is no magic there. I guess one needs to define what one's notion of qualitative parity is. To me...
by satyarthi
04 Jun 2008 22:32
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Future Nuclear Testing: Pros and Cons-1
Replies: 319
Views: 57461

Under the circumstances what we get on the forum is exactly like a political game with lobbies, opponents and proponents and veiled accusations. To an extent this has led to a blowback on the forum and the site judging from private emails I received. This was in fact the reason for locking the seri...
by satyarthi
04 Jun 2008 22:12
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Future Nuclear Testing: Pros and Cons-1
Replies: 319
Views: 57461

So I am left wondering whether deterrence is the issue, or is it politics? Is it more important to really deter Pakistan and China (and Fiji, I suppose) or to derail or delay the US-India agreement (or at least delay it until the next election is over and someone else can take credit for it?) Is th...

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