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    Abhiman

    Mr Aroor, I may sincerely request you to not use expletives in your blog, as they lower the level of that from a professional journalist, to a frustrated regurgitation.

    It is unarguably the best blog in India regarding Indian defence, news, views, insights and ‘behind-the-scenes’ coverage.

    Thank you.

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    Anonymous

    Look at the good in the bad news. the Army wont be so eager now to jump for the latest Foreign maal. Maybe they will stop bad mouthing DRDO products if they want to field any worthwhile equipment at all!

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    Anonymous

    So what happened Shiv Aroor?.. Finally sprouting some brains in that vacuum in the upper stories or what?..

    After your quixotic half truths based crusade against the DRDO, you suddenly find that the “system” is all shot and rotten to the core ?.

    Face it. More than the DRDO itself, the bulk of the failures must be laid at the door step of the MoD and the services. Care to go on a crusade against them ?. Do you have the balls to do it? Scared that the hand that feeds you will cut you off?

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  4. 4

    Shiv Aroor

    anon (surprise surprise): actually, i stand by everything i’ve ever said about DRDO. and i’ve made my position quite clear in the two columns i subsequently wrote in the indian express. if you had the cajones to stand up and look at the reports I’ve always done on the dirt in defence deals and the corruption of foreign firms (why whitewash all of that out, and act like the DRDO series was my only piece of work!), maybe you’ll take a rethink on the “hand that feeds”. so i suggest you do yourself a favour (and it’s only you you’ll be helping!!) and stop smarting about what you perceive as “quixotic”. stuck record is now real praise! leave poor DRDO out of this. this isn’t their issue!

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    Anonymous

    well said and well answered Shiv….actually, even your expletives are pardonable (as pointed out by Abhiman, in the first comment),after this intelligible repartee and infact all this and the expletives coupled would make the blog more readable….but yes, dont make it a regular habit, b’cos even women are reading your blog (infact more than men)

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    devendra

    So Mr. what now, another series of request for information / proposals with all the contenders back in the game.

    Damn MoD people must earn a lot of money through bribes, i thought the PWD/CUSTOMS/POLICE had it good. I remember some of my friends in the PWD informed me they had a formula to divide the bribes between the different ranks(obviously higher the rank more money you got), wonder what is the MoD way of doing things.

    Now the Army is no saint, growing up in Dehradun i remember a whole black market running out of the army cantonment area, they sold diesel, coal, that famous army alcohol, items from the army CSD(biscuits, soaps, boots, etc. etc.– the whole deal). That was a lot of stuff for the respected officers to be in the dark.

    Its nice to know that everyone is making money. Just hope they don’t make such a mystery of it.

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    Abhiman

    Mr. Aroor, since the past month, I have started subscribing to the Indian Express, after cancelling that of the ToI. It is indeed more balanced and sober than the other “shrieking” newspapers.

    The ToI and its assorted papers do not make for good reading, as they concern more of gossip and tabloid journalism.

    Thank you.

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    Anonymous

    In what way are these copters more capable than the Dhruv? Are they a totally different weight class? Dhruv can fly to Siachen too, right?

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  9. 9

    Mihir

    Excellent post Shiv! Fully agree with your views…

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    Anonymous

    To fly, first the Dhruv has to take off from the ground.

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