Tag Archives: 2018

Newest book by Ravi Rikhye

Ravi Rikhye Curzon 1962 batch needs no introduction to many OCs. For those who are reading about him for the first time, here is what he has to say in the Introduction of his latest book “Analysis of India’s Ability to Fight a 2-front War 2018” :

I’ve spent 58-years studying defense, either full-time or part-time depending on the job situation. My output has been small for all those years, perhaps 30 books including four novels, ten annuals, two co-authored, and five refused publication permissions by Government of India. The reason is I study mainly what I want, and mostly that doesn’t translate into a monograph or book. I dropped out of college in my senior year; since I planned to go back I did not get my first degree until 29-years later. Subsequently, I’ve acquired a second bachelor’s and am working on a seventh masters. After completing one doctoral thesis (not submitted as I have been unable to pay the fees), I began another in conjunction with study for a third. Degrees are simply pieces of paper saying the holder has completed prescribed work. They don’t prove one knows much. Studying continuously has a negative side: the more one learns, the more one finds how little one knows. My intention was to have this up on Kindle by March, in anticipation of the next round at Doklam. For readers’ information, there will be no resumption of the Doklam crisis. China has built its road to Jampheri Ridge, which is where the trouble started in the first place. And China has moved in a combined arms brigade, plus reinforced its previously minimal fighter air presence. Meanwhile, GOI has been busy diplomatically and politically kow-towing to the Chinese. In my opinion, the next crisis will be at another point, perhaps…..”

[Editor: We are including a link to Amazon India, for those in other locations – please search by the book title or ASIN: B07HM5LKWG ].

Here is an excerpt from the book:

“The analysis asks one question and has one answer: Can India fight a two-front war against China and Pakistan? The answer is it cannot. Because of the China-Pakistan alliance, we cannot fight even a one-front war: engaging in a war with either adversary runs the risk of weakening the other front, leaving it open to exploitation. The solution, fortunately, is straightforward: build a 2-front war capability. The next problem is equally straightforward: The Government of India is determined not to spend money on defense. Today spending is down to 1.56% of GDP, lower even than in 1962. And we know how that ended. It takes little imagination to foresee what would have happened if 1962 had become 2-front: Pakistan would have walked over Punjab, perhaps all the way to Delhi, and we would have lost Kashmir too. If we chose to defend Punjab, we would have lost the North East Frontier Agency, now called Arunachal. If we tried to defend both fronts, we would have lost both.

For a strong defensive posture, we need to spend the 3 – 3.5% of GDP we spent 1963-1990, both to modernize and to raise eight more divisions that is the minimum needed. To negotiate from strength, we need 4%+ and to recover our lost territories we need 6%. Our spending is 1.6% of GDP, lower even than the 1.9% of 1962….”

Batch of 1969 get-together

An informal get-together of the Batch of 1969 at Chandigarh on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th October 2018, gearing up for their Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2019!

26 OCT: Left to right: Jasbir Sadana, Rajat Mukarji, DM Sud, Praveen Sachdeva, Harry Saron, Anil Advani [guest], Rakesh Sood.

27 Oct lunch. Left to right: Rajat Mukarji, Anil Advani [guest], DM Sud, Robin Nakai, Praveen Sachdeva, Jasbir Sadana.

27 OCT: Left to right. Praveen Sachdeva, Himmet Kahlon, PS Gill [invitee], DM Sud, Ravibir Grewal [guest, ex CGC President], Birender Gill [President of CGC], Neenu Chahal [from YPS, guest], Jasbir Sadana, Rajat Mukarji, Harry Saron, Anil Advani [invitee], Brig. HS Nagra [invitee].

 

OCA India – Notice of AGM

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM)

OCA (INDIA) – 2018• DATE:21st September 2018• TIME:6.30 P.M.• VENUE: PARTY  COTTAGE, DELHI GYMKHANA CLUB, 2-SAFADARJUNG ROAD, New Delhi 110011

The Agenda:

1. Address by THE PRESIDENT OCA (INDIA) – Confirmation of the Minutes of the Last AGM (2017)

2. To approve and adopt the Annual Report of the Secretary

3. To approve and adopt the accounts of 2017-18

4. To examine any Proposal duly approved by the Executive Committee.

5. To conduct any other business with the permission of the Chair.

(Program will be followed by a Reunion OCA DINNER (Contributory), DELHI CHAPTER at 7.30 P.M.)

 Ashwani Singh Virk

Secretary- OCA INDIA

(9810194724)

OCA Nepal – Futsal on Founders Day

 28 July Saturday. Kathmandu Nepal:

OCA Nepal vs OSS Nepal on 28 July 2018, Saturday, 3pm at Grassroots Recreation Center, Mandikatar, Kathmandu.

Good game guys! And great support! We made a comeback after starting 4-0 down. And then kept up the lead despite their re-comeback attempt. This is a result of everyone’s cooperation, hard work, endurance… all qualities of being a Cottonian. Shoutout to Bibhatsu and Dikshyant for defending our goal. See you all at the next gathering. Congrats on 13 – 11 victory over Sanawar on our 159th Founder’s day.

One more thing…

About 3-4 junior OCs asked me recently “can I play the match -or- can I join practice?”

It doesn’t matter if you studied at BCS for 1 year or left after 10th or haven’t been in Nepal or in touch with OCA Nepal for a long time… you don’t need to ask anyone to participate in these events. You have the right if you are an OC. In fact, you are the essence of these events. The older OCs are limited, about a handful, that number will never change. But the younger OCs will keep on coming.

Therefore, I’d like to urge the younger OCs to participate, to initiate and be active. Add all of your OC contacts onto OCA Nepal Facebook group and Viber group: (post or inbox me your mobile number)

(We also play futsal regularly twice a week in the mornings. It’s a mix group along with non-OCs. If you want to join this group [you don’t have to start coming right away if you cant] let me know. Would be amazing to start the day playing football with OCs)

Ayush Rajbhandari