Survey: What got you interested in defense matters?

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Re: Survey: What got you interested in defense matters?

Postby putnanja » 28 Nov 2002 03:19

(1) Why are you interested in defense/security issues, especially those relating to India?

I want to see India strong and powerful, and our neighhbours are such that they will understand only the dhanda !!

(2) How (or when) did you get interested in defense matters?
Always been interested in defense issues, more so after reading about the indo-pak wars in school.
Alss read lots of "Commando", "battler Britton" comics when young, and have read quite a few novels set in WW2 period. Plus a very close relative worked in a defense PSU, so got to read in-house magazines and got more interested in defense issues.

(3) If you are an Indian expatriate, did you develop your interest in defense matters while in India, or after going abroad?

India

(4) How do you obtain information on military technology?

Internet, newspapers, BR

(5) What is the basis of your knowledge of the administrative decisions taken by the GoI or the armed forces?

newspapers and magazines

(6) How do you obtain the websites to get the information?

Google !!!

(7) Is this interest merely a hobby or does it assist you in your profession?

More than a hobby, a passion!!

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Re: Survey: What got you interested in defense matters?

Postby AnantD » 28 Nov 2002 03:49

(1) Why are you interested in defense/security issues, especially those relating to India?

Long family history (2 generations) of having relations to Indian Defence Forces (IA and IAF)

(2) How (or when) did you get interested in defense matters?

When I saw my Dad get dressed up and go to work in his uniform when I was 3 years old.

(3) If you are an Indian expatriate, did you develop your interest in defense matters while in India, or after going abroad?

In India.

(4) How do you obtain information on military technology?

Internet and books.

(5) What is the basis of your knowledge of the administrative decisions taken by the GoI or the armed forces?

Newspapers and News

(6) How do you obtain the websites to get the information?

Google and BRF links.

(7) Is this interest merely a hobby or does it assist you in your profession?

Hobby only

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Re: Survey: What got you interested in defense matters?

Postby Y I Patel » 28 Nov 2002 09:00

Aditya.G - don't worry, at least one person has read your email, and very closely too :)

All your responses inspired me to ask and reask myself the same questions, so here is my story :)

(1) Why are you interested in defense/security issues, especially those relating to India?

Wars have shaped the world's history. My interest in military affairs is really an extension of my interests in history, politics, and how we interact with each other; especially in large hierarchichal organizations.

Interest in India's affairs is a natural extension of the broader interests, but is especially sharpened by an abiding faith in India's destiny and the factors shaping it.

(2) How (or when) did you get interested in defense matters?

Probably at a very very early age. I remember the black outs and false air raid alarms in 71 (was 3!); was facinated by AA arty practice in Deolali, have played in a trophy Patton (again in Deolali), heard war stories from retired officers, assaulted firing ranges in PTC Nashik as a 10 year old :)

(3) If you are an Indian expatriate, did you develop your interest in defense matters while in India, or after going abroad?

Was interested in India, but got a quantum leap after getting access to the fantastic libraries in US. By the time BRF rolled along, was a hard bitten WW-II buff. Transfering interest to an Indian situation was a piece of cake! BRF helped immensely.

(4) How do you obtain information on military technology?

Google, though I am not generally a tech buff.

(5) What is the basis of your knowledge of the administrative decisions taken by the GoI or the armed forces?

Eclectic reading, listening to people who have been there, life experience.

(6) How do you obtain the websites to get the information?

Google, BRF lately.

(7) Is this interest merely a hobby or does it assist you in your profession?

Purely hobby. Should have been a profession, but that was not to be.

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Re: Survey: What got you interested in defense matters?

Postby member_4672 » 28 Nov 2002 10:44

(1) Why are you interested in defense/security issues, especially those relating to India?
-- Everytime I hear about something in Kashmir or former Khalistan or their various ways to bleed us, I hate our spineless/short-sighted leadership (mostly from the past). For India to have influence commensurate to its size or to keep our North and West neighbours at arm's length, our soldiers and the technology are the keywords :p
-- (a) ENC's Naval parade (Dec 4) parade every year in my home city.
-- (b) stories of PNS ghazi put to its grave.
-- (c) Successful test of Agni in May 1989, I was 10 yrs.

(3) If you are an Indian expatriate, did you develop your interest in defense matters while in India, or after going abroad?
-- Refer above.

(4) How do you obtain information on military technology?
-- Back home, it was DDM. Now, samachar & regular visits to BR.

(5) What is the basis of your knowledge of the administrative decisions taken by the GoI or the armed forces?
-- Back home, friends in IA/IN. Now gurus on BR forum.

(6) How do you obtain the websites to get the information?
-- Google

(7) Is this interest merely a hobby or does it assist you in your profession?
-- I got glasses a month before pilot aptitude test; has been a hobby (interest to be precise) since then.

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Re: Survey: What got you interested in defense matters?

Postby Joeqp » 28 Nov 2002 23:11

Originally posted by Y I Patel:
(1) Why are you interested in defense/security issues, especially those relating to India?
I have lots of relatives in uniform. My generation is the 5<SUP>th</SUP> successive generation serving the country. I "bleed OG", as they say!

(2) How (or when) did you get interested in defense matters?
Since I was 2? :)

(3) If you are an Indian expatriate, did you develop your interest in defense matters while in India, or after going abroad?
While in India.

(4) How do you obtain information on military technology?
Main source of information is BR, with a smattering from other sources (like Sainik Samachar, etc.)

(5) What is the basis of your knowledge of the administrative decisions taken by the GoI or the armed forces?
BR, mainly. Many posters here are in India, and have good contacts it seems.

(6) How do you obtain the websites to get the information?
The BRF news threads, mainly.

(7) Is this interest merely a hobby or does it assist you in your profession?
Just a hobby.

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Re: Survey: What got you interested in defense matters?

Postby Anoop » 28 Nov 2002 23:44

(1) Why are you interested in defense/security issues, especially those relating to India?

Since ancient times, India has been physically invaded by foreign armies. India has since its independence faced an implacable enemy. These experiences have still not aroused sufficient interest in Indian civilians to pay serious attention to security and defense issues. I thought I should make a start at a personal level and educate myself.

(2) How (or when) did you get interested in defense matters?

In recent years, particularly after Kargil, I have become more aware of the nature and context of security issues.

(3) If you are an Indian expatriate, did you develop your interest in defense matters while in India, or after going abroad?

After going abroad, though the issue of location is largely incidental. See reply to Q.(2).

(4) How do you obtain information on military technology?

One source - BR!

(5) What is the basis of your knowledge of the administrative decisions taken by the GoI or the armed forces?

Again, discussions on BR.

(6) How do you obtain the websites to get the information?

Links posted on BR!

(7) Is this interest merely a hobby or does it assist you in your profession?

Hobby.

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Re: Survey: What got you interested in defense matters?

Postby Arvind » 29 Nov 2002 11:24

My first post on BRF; but I have been reading BR-monitor for a whole year and visiting BRF for several weeks now after a BRF member incidentally informed me of its existence.

>(1) Why are you interested in defense/security issues, especially those relating to India?
Because war is a primal primate instinct and I am a citizen of India

>(2) How (or when) did you get interested in defense matters?
After reading about the exploits of great Indian warriors like the Rajputs, Lalitaditya, Maharattas, Cholas etc and overhearing an animated conversation by some family members on the Afghan war.

>(3) If you are an Indian expatriate, did you develop your interest in defense matters while in India, or after going abroad?
It began in India. I briefly lost interest after leaving India. However, the Pokhran tests came along and the interest revived after hearing the anti-India propoganda.

>(4) How do you obtain information on military technology?
For the past several weeks BRF has become The Source

>(5) What is the basis of your knowledge of the administrative decisions taken by the GoI or the armed forces?
I have no clear understanding of these issues

>(6) How do you obtain the websites to get the information?
The Google/yahoo revolution

>(7) Is this interest merely a hobby or does it assist you in your profession?
More of a detriment to my productivity at work.

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Re: Survey: What got you interested in defense matters?

Postby George J » 30 Nov 2002 03:07

(1) Why are you interested in defense/security issues, especially those relating to India?

I donno why, I just am. I guess its intrinsic.

(2) How (or when) did you get interested in defense matters?

I guess it just happened.

(3) If you are an Indian expatriate, did you develop your interest in defense matters while in India, or after going abroad?

Nope it was there even when I was in India.

(4) How do you obtain information on military technology?

I found BR on the net via a search engine. If i cant find what i need on BR/BRF then i google.

(5) What is the basis of your knowledge of the administrative decisions taken by the GoI or the armed forces?

There is always two faces to a coin. BR gives me the view of the educated elite who do have a jingo streak. I get my view about GOI's decisions from various direct sources when available.

(6) How do you obtain the websites to get the information?

BR/BRF and Google.

(7) Is this interest merely a hobby or does it assist you in your profession?

Hobby for now, however HICAF has some discussions which can certainly assist me in my profession.....until the threads get RM'ed.

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Re: Survey: What got you interested in defense matters?

Postby member_4409 » 30 Nov 2002 11:49

(1) Why are you interested in defense/security issues, especially those relating to India?
- I am a citizen of India.

(2) How (or when) did you get interested in defense matters?
- During junior high school years. I was a member of NCC between 8 grade and last year of H.Sc. Alas, my college did not have NCC program.

(3) If you are an Indian expatriate, did you develop your interest in defense matters while in India, or after going abroad?
- While in India.

(4) How do you obtain information on military technology?
- BR, News Papers, Magazines, Books and Web Sites.

(5) What is the basis of your knowledge of the administrative decisions taken by the GoI or the armed forces?
- Open Sources e.g., BR.

(6) How do you obtain the websites to get the information?
- BR Links, Google/Yahoo and other search engines.

(7) Is this interest merely a hobby or does it assist you in your profession?
- Just for peace of my mind.

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Re: Survey: What got you interested in defense matters?

Postby kgoan » 30 Nov 2002 17:22

(1) Why are you interested in defense/security issues, especially those relating to India?
A general interest in all things political and the nature and utility of power. That soon leads to an interest in such matters. As far as India per se goes, how can any citizen not be interested?

(2) How (or when) did you get interested in defense matters?
I was always fascinated by politics. Defense/security became more of an issue in my mid/late teens when I used to read various popular magazines like "Gentlemen" and a few others.

(3) If you are an Indian expatriate, did you develop your interest in defense matters while in India, or after going abroad?
In India. But strangely enough, I found it easier to follow such matters from abroad than in India. Says something I suppose. :)

(7) Is this interest merely a hobby or does it assist you in your profession?
Both.

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Re: Survey: What got you interested in defense matters?

Postby SK Mody » 02 Dec 2002 15:27

People who know me often believe that I would be the last person to get involved in anything like defence or warfare. But I do have some interest in them and the reasons follow.

(1)
Brought up in family environment that was culturally Indian. More than 1/2 of total education yrs education spent in Indian schools. Therefore have sense of being Indian. Therefore take pride in Indian technological achievements, abilities etc.

(2)
1987. When Indian Air force came to the rescue with Air drop etc in Sri Lanka. Whether or not the effort was misguided, for the first time I realized that it was possible for India to protect its interests. It really marked a turning point because I felt I didn't have to apologize for being Indian any more.

(3)
See answer to (2)

(4)
I am not exactly an avid reader of Indian defence matters and I'm not very knowledgable - but I am not completely ignorant. Part of the cheering squad perhaps.

(5)
BRF, DDM, some books.

(6)
BRF, keyword searches when thoughts come to mind.

(7)
Hobby.

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Re: Survey: What got you interested in defense matters?

Postby Prasenjit Medhi » 02 Dec 2002 15:46

(1) Why are you interested in defense/security issues, especially those relating to India?

I like getting on my soapbox and pretend that my views are of consequence :)

(2) How (or when) did you get interested in defense matters?

From primary school when someone tried to dump a toy dump truck on my head because I was the smallest kid around :)

(3) If you are an Indian expatriate, did you develop your interest in defense matters while in India, or after going abroad?

In India, come from a family of servicemen and service-women.

(4) How do you obtain information on military technology?

Atm, only BRF, and newspapers and mags, used to go through Janes etc.

(5) What is the basis of your knowledge of the administrative decisions taken by the GoI or the armed forces?

Info on public fora.

(6) How do you obtain the websites to get the information?

??

(7) Is this interest merely a hobby or does it assist you in your profession?

More than a hobby, not quite my profession.

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Re: Survey: What got you interested in defense matters?

Postby abhischekcc » 02 Dec 2002 20:29

1) Why are you interested in defense/security issues, especially those relating to India?
I am an Army Brat.
My family has worn the uniform since the past 5 generations continuously. Family has fought in all major battles India has fought since WW2 to (excluding) Kargil. Also, almost all CI ops .
We are a hardcore Military Family. Heck, I was born in IMA Military Hospital. :)
I have reading the refernce books of defence libraries before I could even understand them properly.
My favourite bedtime story was about Shivaji, which I used to listen to from my father 20 times, every night. :)

3)If you are an Indian expatriate, did you develop your interest in defense matters while in India, or after going abroad?
I am not an NRI. I have never been out of India.
BTW, does Nepal qualify as a foreign country for an Indian? :D

4)How do you obtain information on military technology?
BR
Links to other sites from BR
Discussions with my father (retired Colonel)
Discussions with relatives and friends still serving
Caution - reading the DDM is injurious to your knowledge base. :p

5) What is the basis of your knowledge of the administrative decisions taken by the GoI or the armed forces?
Discussions with my father
Discussions on BR

6) How do you obtain the websites to get the information?
Variety of ways.
For defence matters, links from BR are the best.
For all other purposes - Google.

7) Is this interest merely a hobby or does it assist you in your profession?
At present hobby/interest.
But since I plan to join the TA after sometime (to maintain my family tradion of wearing the uniform) , then I guess it may help in my profession also.
At present, the social and economic discussions are the most interesting for me.

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Re: Survey: What got you interested in defense matters?

Postby kirtisimha » 04 Dec 2002 15:17

(1) Why are you interested in defense/security issues, especially those relating to India?

Difficult to say why. The defense and security of a nation is closely linked with her progress and I feel every citizen must be interested / involved. I would like to see India develop to become one of the strongest and most prosperous nations.

(2) How (or when) did you get interested in defense matters?

In 1971 I was 4 when my father was 2IC of an Arty Regiment that had kicked paki ass. Days after the war we were a part of a select few families that visited the newly captured real estate. There was celebration and victory in the entire atmosphere even as the regiment hosted a grand lunch for the families in the middle of a paki sugarcane field that was cleared for this purpose. The cartridge cases of the first rounds fired from the 25 pounders are among the most cherished of my possessions. My family has been predominantly fauji starting from my grandpa who in the 1940's was fighting for the goras against other goras in North Africa.

(3) If you are an Indian expatriate, did you develop your interest in defense matters while in India, or after going abroad?

I am a resient Indian

(4) How do you obtain information on military technology?

It has been very unstructured. Before the internet I used to regularly read the USI journal. These days its mainly search engines, mailing lists and through known people. BR has been a great source especially to get the Non-Resident Indians perspective.

(5) What is the basis of your knowledge of the administrative decisions taken by the GoI or the armed forces?

Usually get to know only that informtion which is available in public domain.

(6) How do you obtain the websites to get the information?

Search engines, mailing lists, referrals, BR.

(7) Is this interest merely a hobby or does it assist you in your profession?

A hobby. It is not yet a profession :-). Hope it becomes one soon:-)!


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