Seriously, now everybody and his/her aunt, including pakis and their goats have accepted the fait accompli that pakiland is fast approaching irrelevance except for a little bit of nuisance value. We have also dissected Islamism and its modus operandi and reached a consensus that it is a major threat. It took several years and the process of learning and disseminating that knowledge and it was fun and instructive to traverse the path. Now the threats are known and reasonably well analyzed. We should be in a different stage now, speaking from the product lifecycle perspective. The forum, as a product has reached a state of maturity.
that is very true, abhijit, but BR needs to concentrate those years of hardwork, analysis and painstaking research in the form of concise articles, a kind of magnum opus, if you will, which will be accessible to all and sundry w/o the requirement of going through scores of archived threads and understanding BRspeak.
In other words, these finding have to be put in the form of articles that can be easily understood by an interested
lay person, can be readily cited (emphasis added), and lastly and most importantly for the forum, be accessible for the newcomers to let them understand the prevalent viewpoint(s)
(emphasis added) that forumites have reached over years of analysis.
This would help remove a lot of misconceptions first time round and lead to more constructive discussions.
The vicious cycle of naive questions/rants-->same old arguments--> frustation of experienced members--> specialised BR parlance --> naive questions/rants
that we see in the Islamism thread/Psy-ops thread/TSP thread/Nuke thread/TIE thread needs to be broken.
But more importantly, IMHO BR has the potential to provide unbiased info to a lot of non BRFites.
Fine tuning and refining the discourses only go so far, forumites are mostly knowledgable on this stuff anyway. Preaching to the choir only leads to endless hair splitting and bickerings, scenes we are witnessing regularly on BR nowadays.
Our task should be to try and spread whatever we know to the general populace. A sense of purpose will go a long way in removing and redirecting the excess energy that is evident on BR these days. It is the lack of such a purpose that has contributed to lowering the discussion level on BRF. Yes, BRFites gather around the fire, exchange opinions and ideas and learn a lot on various topics but after a while it does become a bit pointless or even pedantic.
BR needs to survive for the multitude of people called the bharatiyas, not just a few hundred BRFites, IMO.
Topics on which BRFites can pen articles :
Islamism and Pakistan are two subjects on which BR gurus are past masters. Both subjects are close enough to the hearts of many forumites to sufficiently interest them to write on the subjects.
Different aspects of pakistan has been covered in many articles of BRM/SRR, but newer policies and players have come up since the journals
were halted and this may not be a bad time to show if and how the current happenings dovetail with the past ones and in turn try and predict some of the future.
Islamism is a topic that is probably outside the purview of SRR. But given the importance of the internal as well as the external dynamics of the problem to our security, it certainly deserves a gamut of articles covering every aspect of that threat for the future. If shiv ji's insights on this topic does not find a permanent place on BR, the loss would be terrible.
May be that won't be to the liking of every BRadmins, but I believe BR needs to break out of some of the self imposed shackles and engage the greater world on every issue of security importance.
I certainly believe that the current squad has done superb work over the years. but the sheer volume of posting nowadays coupled with the regular absence of most of the admins except 3-4 means that policing has
gone slack. the situation can be improved if some new mods can be added to the ranks with duties specified viz. mod for mil fora etc.
the older guard should
continue IMHO and the not so active admins (like calvin, rakesh, JEM) can be encouraged to participate more if they don't have any pesonal problems.
PS kudos to shiv ji for starting another thread of interesting thought processes.