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thecatapult.in is a new blog focusing on the matters concerning the Indian national interests, strategy and the affairs of the State.

The First Post today is about the Chinese side war gaming a scenario on the Tibetan plateau and the border with India in case of a (planned?!) steady deterioriation of relations leading to war with India after the conclusion of the Beijing Olympics.

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R.I.P: Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw

Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw (April 3, 1914- June 27, 2008 ) who engineered one of India’s greatest victories on the battlefield in a thousand and half years during the 1971 war is no more.He passed away at the military hospital at Wellington in the early hours of June 27, 2008 after battling an acute illness. He was 94.

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His other greatest moment was when he swiftly took charge of the situation when the morale of the country had taken a drastic beating with the defeat of its forces at the hands of the Chinese in NEFA in 1962 and when everyone expected the fall of Assam to the Chinese PLA any moment.

His response “There will be no withdrawal without written orders and these orders shall never be issued” energised the Armed forces and the nation to stand tall against a deceitful enemy. The stuff that legends are made of.

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Defending India’s Space Assets

In an interview to Karan Thapar back in February, 2008 Gen Kapoor had put his faith in detecting any Chinese troop buildup in the Tibetan plateau on satellite surveillance.

Karan Thapar: Just a moment ago you mentioned that their infrastructure allows them to move troops very quickly. Recently the Indian Express reported that with the result of roads and railways, the Chinese can move two divisions amounting to 10,000 troops within a space of 20-25 days. Earlier it would have taken three-six months. Does that worry you a little?

General Deepak Kapoor Well that is a matter of concern, but the fact is that if and when they move, there are also images available through the means of satellite when any such movements take place. So there is ample opportunity for sufficient notice to meet such a challenge, if and when it does arise.

Karan Thapar: So with satellites, you mean that every time China moves troops substantially, you know in advance and you can take counter measures.

General Deepak Kapoor The ability to look deeper across the Line of Actual Control is much greater.[link]

But the fly in the ointment was ofcourse that the Chinese had recently successfully conducted an Anti-Satellite Test by shooting down one of their own aging satellites in orbit and there is now an additional risk that during a period of crisis the Chinese might attempt to shoot down any Indian satellites which they deem might give away their troop buildup on the Tibetan plateau or elsewhere.

Now to arm itself against such a scenario the India defence ministry has in a timely manner decided to establish a Space cell to guard India’s space assets.

NEW DELHI: In view of the looming Chinese threat to its communication network and other space assets, India on Tuesday announced the setting up of its Integrated Space Cell (ISC).

The cell is designed to counter the Chinese Military Space Systems that comprises anti-satellite weaponry and a new class of heavy-lift and small boosters acting as catalyst in the next generation satellite warfare system.

The Space Cell will be put under the command of the Integrated Defence Services Headquarters and will act as a single window for integration among the armed forces, the department of space and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

Announcing this after inaugurating the two-day Unified Commanders’ Conference in the Capital, defence minister A K Antony on Tuesday expressed concern at the “offensive counter space systems and an improved array of military space systems emerging in our neighbourhood”.[link]

While this is a step in the right direction, India should also seriously consider conducting its own ASAT test as quickly as practicable. That would be a strong deterrent to any adversary against taking potshots at India’s space based assets.

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Bangladesh giving shelter to militants: BSF

Why did we ever save this ungrateful bunch from the Paki vultures in 1971? And what is stopping our government from teaching them a lesson they should never forget.

SHILLONG: With elections round the corner, Bangladesh has assured safe havens to top northeast militant leaders sheltering in that country and asked them not to move out till the end of the poll process there, a senior officer of BSF said on Saturday.

“All major leaders of the ULFA, ATTF and NLFT (in Bangladesh) have been given a place of safety and asked not to move out till the elections are over,” Jyoti Prakash Sinha, BSF’s Inspector General for the Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur and Nagaland Frontier, said.

National Security Advisor M K Narayanan too said on Friday that ULFA’s leaders were “captives in Bangladesh” and “perhaps acting on the dictates of a foreign power”.

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Army has its hands tied on Ulfa

Here we go again. The dithering of our political establishment never stops.

NEW DELHI: Left to itself, the Army would like to finish off Ulfa once and for all. But with the government still keeping the door slightly open for peace talks, the Army strategy is to exert operational pressure on the insurgent outfit to give up violence and come to the negotiating table.

The Army is justifiably concerned that Ulfa might once again use any lull in counter-insurgency operations to regroup and re-arm itself, like it has done several times in the past.

Ulfa, for instance, was on its last legs after facing the brunt of “Operation All Clear”, conducted in coordination with the Bhutanese Army in December 2003, with its cadre strength being reduced to one-third from around 2,000 at that time.

But the subsequent peace talks between the Centre and the Ulfa-nominated People’s Consultative Group, which resulted in “a go-slow” directive to the Army, gave the banned outfit a fresh lease of life.

Ulfa, in fact, used the 42-day “ceasefire” in August-September last year to get more arms and ammunition from Thailand through gun-runners based in Bangladesh and Myanmar, apart from recruiting 150-200 activists to raise its cadre strength to over 1,000.

Meanwhile, the Army has now got “intelligence inputs” that Ulfa, which has a “deep nexus” with Pakistan’s ISI and its Bangladeshi counterpart DGFI, has re-established some camps along the tri-junction of Arunachal, Assam and Bhutan borders.

Though Myanmar is receptive to Indian worries about North-East insurgent groups operating from its soil and has already begun to take some action, Bangladesh has so far rejected such concerns with extreme disdain(Why did we save their ass in 1971 from the paki vultures, i wonder -Ed).

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The Armymen did NOT ransack the Kolkata Police Station

And neither did the two officers illegally detained by the Kolkata Police misbehave with any woman.

Kolkata Korner: Sour Start to the New Year

The New Year started on a very sour note for Kolkata and Kolkatans. An ugly incident, involving army officers and high-handed cops marred what would have been the perfect start to 2007—a holiday (January 1, on occasion of Id-ul-Zuha) to nurse the 31st night hangovers and catch up on socializing.

Two army officers, the morning’s papers and news channels reported, had gone to a star hotel, misbehaved with a lady, got into a fight with the bouncers there, were picked up by the cops and, since they were abusive and threatening, were dumped in the lockup. Soon enough, two jeep-loads of officers and soldiers armed with SLRs swooped on the police station, ransacked it, freed the duo and went away.

That is what the police told the media, and that was what the media told its readers/viewers, often with a lot of spice added to it (Our holier than thou Media doing this? How shocking?- Ed). Subsequent events, however, proved the police claims to be false and, as of now, the cops are trying their best to keep away from the court of inquiry set up by the army to probe the incident. Proof enough that the cops have a lot to hide. But more of that later.

So what really happened? The Police said that the Armymen ransacked the Police station, beat up the cops on duty and even let nine hardened criminals escape from the lockup. But their story seems to have wide gaping holes in it already.

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Back to Square One in Assam

The Army has now been recalled once again to Assam and has begun operations to clear up the mess created by the inept, greedy and short sighted politicians.

This is a sad pattern repeated in a sort of ‘infinite loop’ in this country. The Politicians and (IAS) bureaucrats screw up royally in a given area and then call in the Army to bring the situation under control. Once the Army finishes its job the opportunistic, pea brained politicians go ahead and unfailingly screw up once more and when the situation goes out of hand(again!), they recall the Army to clean it up(once more!). And it goes on and on and on.

Army scours Assam jungles to hunt for ULFA

The Indian Army on Tuesday kept a fleet of helicopters on standby as thousands of soldiers scoured the jungles in the violence-torn northeastern state of Assam hunting for separatists blamed for a recent wave of attacks targeting Hindi-speaking people that killed 72.

An Assam government spokesman said three militants of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) were killed and three more captured in separate raids in the past two days.

“The military crackdown against the ULFA is going on in full swing with our soldiers in hot pursuit of the rebels. There have been substantial headways in the entire exercise,” army spokesman Colonel Narender Singh said.

The ULFA attacks targeting migrant workers that began Friday prompting New Delhi to launch a massive military assault against the rebels.

“The idea of the military operation is to clear separatist bases in the jungles and to restore normalcy and instill confidence among the people,” Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said.

An army brigade (about 4,000 personnel) is currently conducting raids in eastern Assam, while hundreds of paramilitary troopers and police commandos were also involved in separate anti-insurgency operations in the area.

“A total of about 140 paramilitary companies (about 14,000 personnel) were in the field alongside the Assam Police battalions,” the chief minister said.

Defence Minister AK Antony and Army Chief General JJ Singh on Tuesday arrived in Assam to review the anti-insurgency operations against the ULFA.

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