Monthly Archives: August 2013

Targeted execution of Dawood Ibrahim?

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi of the BJP surely startled many viewers in an ABP TV Hindi discussion show “Live Debate” starting at 1800 hours today (Aug 29). In response to a remonstrance by a Pakistani, some Pirzada, that Dawood was not … Continue reading

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More nuclear claptrap from another ex-diplomat

I suspect that whenever former civil service types, ex-diplomats, and growingly even retired militarymen feel the inner tug to be in the public eye, they pronounce on things manifestly beyond their ken and areas of expertise, revealing their quite appalling … Continue reading

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‘Why Congress keeps winning and may do so again’ — brilliant analysis

In the 50 odd years the Congress Party has ruled India, it has been elected to power invariably by around 25 percent of the popular vote — meaning, it has never enjoyed majority support, not for itself nor for its … Continue reading

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Ex-CNS Admiral Arun Prakash’s view on Sub production

Another valuable reaction to my sub production piece, with a quite different perspective, from the former Navy chief, Admiral Arun Prakash ____________ Timely piece, but a couple of points for consideration. One of the problems with the Russians is that … Continue reading

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VADM RN Ganesh’s reaction to “India’s submarine production”

Reproduced below is the reaction of Vice Admiral RN Ganesh (Retd) to my op/ed — “India’s submarine production”, published in the web version of the ‘New Indian Express’, Aug 23, 2013: ————— A very perceptive article that highlights the dire … Continue reading

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Shkval on Offer

As a correspondent, Philip Fowler, has pointed out, the correct name of the Russian super-cavitating torpedo on offer for the Akulas is the Shkval (Squall) — not Shtil (a shipborne surface-to-air missile). Sorry for the mistake in the previous piece … Continue reading

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India’s submarine production

The Sindhurakshak tragedy raises many issues, among them, the danger of close-berthing of warships and submarines in the crowded Mumbai docks and the need urgently to commission the Karwar base to host most of the Western Fleet and take the … Continue reading

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