International War Games Get Underway in The Bay of Bengal

September 04, 2007
Dr Bhaskar Dasgupta

The Indian communist parties are going to protest against the international naval war games to be held in the Bay of Bengal. But the communists are great at doing these kinds of demonstrations and they are right now planning to do a walk about the Indian countryside to protest against these war games.

I seriously think they should go to the place where the war games are actually happening and protest there.

The main purpose of these wargames is to make sure that navies of various regions work together. Ships are massively complex animals and it is further complicated when you have a group of ships working together, and it becomes a furiously complicated beast when you have navies of different countries working together.

So here is a four dimensional theater (air, surface, underwater and land), in a shallow sea (navies hate shallow seas, it causes bad echo's, sand banks, confusion, etc.), full of moving bottoms (the bottom of the Bay of Bengal, Malacca Straits and other South East Asian areas is very geographically mobile - remember the tsunami?), and more importantly, because of the HUGE distances involved, require all navies to pull together when faced with terrorist and pirate threats.

Oh! yes, there is a huge amount of piracy going on in the world, and the epicentre's of this piracy business is off the east African coast and in the Iindonesian Iislands/Malacca Straits. So this is a great step as we do need an international maritime flotilla and group to stop the rampant piracy in the Indian Ocean region. See here, here, here and here.

All this to be taken with a grain of piquant salt!!!

Dr. Bhaskar Dasgupta works in the city of London in various capacities in the financial sector. He has worked and travelled widely around the world. The articles in here relate to his current studies and are strictly his opinion and do not reflect the position of his past or current employer(s). If you do want to blame somebody, then blame my sister and editor, she is responsible for everything, the ideas, the writing, the quotes, the drive, the israeli-palestinian crisis, global warming, the ozone layer depletion and the argentinian debt crisis.
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International War Games Get Underway in The Bay of Bengal


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September 4, 2007
08:04 AM


The fact of the matter is that the left donot have a vision or an operational plan on moving India forward. Therefore, they resort to rank symbolism. I wish they spent so much effort preventing the Pilferage in their Govt's NREGA scheme. ($ 2 B every year, est.)


September 4, 2007
10:36 AM


straits of hormuz?

last i heard there were two aircraft carrier battle groups already in place in the soodiumrikan gulf;)

September 4, 2007
10:50 AM

The War games may be in the Bay of Bengal, but the votes are in the countryside. The countryside does not care about war games, neither does it get to know much about them.

That in essence is their point. They probably don't have a better idea than anybody else about ways to tackle these issues, but they are in essence in a battle for survival and relevance.

September 4, 2007
11:40 AM


NREGA is a massive vote gathering opportunity largely squandered by the UPA and left.


September 4, 2007
12:52 PM

#1&4, Chandra, I agree with you. And the tragic thing is that even with their symbolism, they do the same that the rest of the world is doing (like SEZ's) just 20 years after the rest have begun.

I spent quite a lot of time at the Calcutta offices of one of the large outsourcers and met many politicians and bureacrats. It was fascinating to hear a committed Marxist talk about private capital , labour stuff, etc lol

September 4, 2007
01:01 PM

#2 t

lol straits of hormuz, yes, the 2 fleets are there, but an attack on iran is stupid as I have discussed elsewhere.

But the problem is that a CBV is not designed for anti-piracy operations. For that you really need fast coastal boats, a very good AWACS (at least 6 are needed for 24 hour coverage), good bases and tanker support, good small boats (zodiac like), very very very good marines, etc. etc.

the american navy isnt structured around this kind of operation which is the reason why a smaller navy is better. The Indian navy is perhaps, at this moment, the best at coastal operations.

September 4, 2007
01:03 PM

and final comment

the government will get worried when our manufacturers and exporters get up the noses of the government and when one of our greatest unsung hero's (the indian sailors and officers) moan.

But if you want to learn about how to squander existing assets, see how the port of Calcutta, Haldia was destroyed as a means of shipment by labour unions and stupid riverway management.

Compare that with the port strategy of Maharashtra and Gujarat.

A. S. Mathew
September 4, 2007
11:10 PM

Even though world communism is a dead ideology,
still in India, professional politicians make use
of it, especially in West Bengal and Kerala.
While growing up in Kerala, I have seen on a daily basis; red flags and parades. The leaders
promised an utopian paradise to the innocent masses who were following them blindly, finally
the followers ended up in trash bins.

Now they need to cry about something, and attacking international war games. They protested when agricultural tools came to Kerala
lamenting about it because it will create
unemployment. Winston Churchill said " communism is equality in misery", perhaps he has
failed to add "communist leaders are cry babies
for everything constructive".

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