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Nitin A. Gokhale

Author, thought leader and one of South Asia's leading strategic analysts, Nitin A. Gokhale has forty years of rich and varied experience behind him as a conflict reporter, Editor, author and now a media entrepreneur who owns and curates two important digital platforms, BharatShakti.in and StratNewsGlobal.com focusing on national security, strategic affairs and foreign policy matters. At the beginning of his long and distinguished career, Gokhale has lived and reported from India’s North-east for 23 years, writing and analysing various insurgencies in the region, been on the ground at Kargil in the summer of 1999 during the India-Pakistan war, and also brought live reports from Sri Lanka’s Eelam War IV between 2006-2009.

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  1. Kaiser

    I had recently posted a comment that the pilot ( Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman) who lost his plane, his pride and traded his uniform for a new British suit was awarded the Vir Chakra whereas the pilots who claim to have killed 300 terrorists were not even given an omelette egg. Seems this has reached the corridors of the pride of the Indian Airforce. Now they have announced a citation and NO medal for those who killed a Pakistani crow and four trees in their surgical strike at Balakot. Indian Airforce also made another cover up of this brilliant fuck up, they awarded a medal to the ground controller who got Abhinandan shot down and also the helicopter with an Su30.

    On February 27, a Mi-17 V-5 chopper of the Srinagar-based 154 Helicopter Unit crashed within 10 minutes of taking off even as a dogfight raged over 100 km away between intruding Pakistani jets and the IAF, in which Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was involved. Six IAF personnel on board and a civilian on the ground had lost their lives in the crash.

    The inquiry into the Budgam incident, in which a Mi-17 V-5 helicopter of the Indian Air Force crashed close to the Srinagar airfield on February 27, is believed to have revealed several violations of standard operating procedures and the the role of a senior officer who ordered a ground-based missile to be fired causing death of Indian Army officers and soldiers. A formal court martial should have been held in which officers, if found guilty, should face termination of service and rigorous imprisonment. The most devastating effect of this would be that the morale of the Indian Army and Air force would have fallen down to their ankles . Mr.Narendra Damodar Das Modi came up with a brilliant Idea and forcefully suggested that instead of courtmartialling the Officers for the fuckup, medals of honour be awarded to them for warding off the Pakistani airstrike and claim shooting down an F-16 also. The blunder that he made in this was that he formally complained to the Americans that their provided F-16 had shot down their plane and that IAF had shot down the F16. The Americans were no doubt concerned so they quickly and promptly carried out a stock check and confirmed that none of the Pakistani F16s had been shot down. With this the entire edifice of the Indian Air war came crashing down to earth. So did the Military ethos on which the traditions of the Indian Airforce were built. This was the second divine inspiration to Mr.Narendra Damodar Das Modi after the earlier one where he ordered the Air force much against its will to attack Balakot in the cloudy weather because Pakistani radars would not detect them !!!!!

    1. Simba

      Puki your frustration and desperation shows through your posting. Frankly you ce from fucked up state which goes around begging for funds repay debt. The lies told by thd likes of you have no equal. Tell us how does an allegedly islamic state get into bed with a godless khinzir eating Commie state.

  2. Hari Sud

    Kaiser, – He is a Pakistani fool hell built on silence. Same silence they exercised when they lost 500 army men on Kargil heights in 1999. It took six years to acknowledge the huge men and material loss in Kargil. In about six years they will acknowledge loss of F-16 and their pilot.


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